Explore the Coast of South East Cornwall from Mellingey House

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It’s great at Mellingey, but if you’re fond of sand dunes & salty air with quaint little villages here and there; or you fancy a dip at one of the many beautiful beaches nearby, you really don’t have to travel far.



Photograph of Polkerris
Polkerris beach as the sun goes down

Just 5 miles from Mellingey, a beautifully sheltered harbour beach, in the small village of Polkerris, which overlooks St Austell Bay. It has a stone quay providing shelter, just two miles west of Fowey.

Polkerris looking towards the Rashleigh pub
Polkerris looking towards the Rashleigh pub

This sandy beach is ideal for families, there are amazing facilities available right on the beach side, including a slipway to make entering the water by various crafts easy. Facing south west, the beach is perfect for late afternoons and glorious sunsets throughout the year with 2 of our favourite places to eat out – ‘Sam’s On The Beach’ &

Polkerris beach
Polkerris beach

‘The Rashleigh Inn’. It’s just a short 5 min. walk down to the beach from car park (free after 6pm).Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place. The Rashleigh Inn is dog friendly all year round.

Pentewan sands

Pentewan sands near St Austell

A large sandy beach between St Austell & Mevagissey , which is a favourite for local swimmers and keen water sport enthusiasts. Surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing, sailing amongst others can be seen here…Jet Skis are banned. There is a large car park at the rear of the beach.

There is a Seasonal dog ban from 1st March – 1st November

Readymoney cove

Readymoney beach
Readymoney beach Fowey

A cozy sheltered gently shelving sandy beach at the mouth of the river Fowey, bounded on one side by the medieval part of Fowey and on the other by St Catherine’s Castle. Also the start of the fabulous coastal walk from Fowey to Polkerris via the Gribben. Above the cove is the former coach house which was the home of author, Daphne du Maurier for a few years during WW2. Drive into the top of Fowey and follow signs to Readymoney car park, from here it’s only a short walk downhill to the beach. There are a few tidal rock pools here, the beach can be covered during spring tides. During the high season there is usually an ice cream van situated at the top of the cove.

Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place.


Looe beachA gently shelving sandy beach edged with rocks to the left and the Banjo pier to the right, a nice beach within the seaside resort, can be busy during the peak season. There are a number of car parks through the town, however in the high season traffic is prohibited from the town centre, so parking can be an issue.

IMG_3508Looe is a busy fishing harbour, with a lovely seaside feel, there are numerous fishing excursions available from the harbour and plenty of crabbing opportunities. A very picturesque place with a good number of cafe’s, pubs & restaurants. There is an all year dog ban on the beach.


Polridmouth beach
Polridmouth beach

Polridmouth is a lovely secluded beach set in a large cove between Fowey and Polkerris. The nearest car park is around three quarters of a mile from the beach, at Menabilly. Access to the beach from the car park is via a footpath through farmland and as such is not suitable for all.

If you fancy a picturesque stroll as part of your day on the beach then either take your car to the Readymoney car park in Fowey or the beach car park at Polkerris then follow the South West coast path over the cliffs to Polridmouth, enjoying stunning coastal views along the way. Follow on the path from Polkerris and you will end up at Par sands.

Polridmouth is a dog-friendly beach.


par-sandsPar beach is on the South coast of Cornwall in St Austell Bay, it is a wide, shallow, white sandy beach with dunes backing onto a local nature reserve. It is a well-known beach for families, dogs, bird watching and kite surfing. The main entrance with parking is off the A3082 at Polmear (just out of Par, heading towards Fowey) you’ll see the road just by The Ship Inn.

Lantic bay, Lantivet bay & Lansallos

Lantic Bay, Lantivet Bay and Lansallos are dog friendly, they are located not far from Polruan. You can park in a small National Trust car park off the main road to Polruan (Frogmore).

Picture of Lantivet bay
Lantivet bay
Picture of Lansallos cove

It’s a beautiful walk along the coast path at Lantivet Bay where you will find some lovely pebbly coves for swimming & having a picnic and fantastic rocks for fishing off.

Some areas aren’t accessible at high tide. To the left of Lantivet Bay is Lansallos, with a lovely sandy cove.

Picture of Lantic bay
Lactic bay

If you walk to the right of Lantivet bay & past Pencarow Head you arrive at Lantic Bay. It’s a steep climb down steps, but well worth it – white sands, clear waters and similarities to Greece come to mind, this is a steeply shelving beach, but great for a swim.


IMG_3497Port wrinkle

There are two beaches accessible from Portwrinkle, to the West of the harbour is the sandy cresent of Hoodny Cove and to the East Finnygook Beach. Hoodny Cove is a little more sheltered than Finnygook, golden sand with a rocky foreshore tucked away under high green cliffs, it’s a secluded beach. Finnygook is the most popular with fine golden sand with a rocky ledge which runs the length of the beach, popular for rockpooling and snorkelling. This beach has a seasonal dog ban.

Just a sample of the beaches close to Mellingey at Lostwithiel. If you enjoy walking, the South West coast path can be accessed just a few miles from Lostwithiel then there are many more delightful beaches and coves to be found and enjoyed!


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