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Beaches in our area

The numerous beaches along the fifteen miles of coast between St Austell Bay and Looe Bay are nearest to the range of properties that we offer. The main beaches are detailed below working Eastwards along the coast.

Polkerris is a delightful sandy cove, with a stone harbour wall and the Rashleigh Arms right on the beach.  Sheltered and suitable for small children. Parking is available around 400 yards from the beach.

Polridmouth is the next cove along and was the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. National Trust protected, this part of the coast is natural and unspoilt and has no facilities. Accessed by parking at Menabilly Barton and walking half a mile down the footpath.  

Polkerris, Cornwall


Polridmouth, Cornwall

Polridmouth was the setting for "Rebecca"

Readymoney Cove is at the seaward end of Fowey and is easily reached on foot from the town. The beach is sandy and sheltered and a path leads from here to Polridmouth and Gribbin Head.

Readymoney Cove, Fowey, Cornwall

Fowey's popular beach at Readymoney Cove

Lantic Bay, Polruan, Cornwall

Lantic Bay near Polruan

Between Polruan and Polperro, the coastline is rugged, rocky and unspoilt and superb for walking. All the beaches in this part have foot access only down steep cliff paths.  

Lantic Bay (just outside Polruan) is a half moon beach with sand at one end and surf smoothed pebbles at the other. Well worth the ½ a mile walk from the National Trust car park. A truly un-spoilt Cornish beach but a bit of a climb home for tea!

Lansallos Cove is accessed by a sunken lane which leads the ¾ of a mile from the village church down to the sea. The beach is sheltered and has coarse sand and a small stream tumbling onto it. Walking back up to the village it is easy to imagine how local smugglers might have avoided the Excise Men. The National Trust car park is on the left as you enter the village.

Talland Bay is a sheltered stretch of sand and shingle with rock pools. There is a café and beach shop and small car park.

Looe Beach, Cornwall

East Looe beach

Seaton Beach, Cornwall


Hannafore West Looe is a shingle and rock beach with excellent rock pools and views of Looe Island. Easily accessed by car with plenty of parking along the sea wall.  Facilities are nearby.

East Looe is a popular sandy beach which is easily reached and is near to all of the facilities in the town.  The gently sloping beach is ideal for small children and is sheltered by the banjo pier.

Seaton is a sand and shingle beach with easy access from the nearby car park. The River Seaton winds across the beach. There is a cafe and a play area for children near the beach.

Downderry is a south facing beach with sand and shingle and lots of flat pebbles ideal for "skimmers". There is a cafe and shop within the village a short walk from the beach. Parking is available near the beach in the village car park.

Portwrinkle This is a sand and shingle beach with rock pools. The nearby hamlet of Portwrinkle has a car park, toilets and refreshments.

Downderry Beach, Cornwall

The beach at Downderry

Portwrinkle Beach, Cornwall


Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

Whitsand Bay has nearly four miles of sands

Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

Whitsand Bay

Whitsand Bay This is a curving bay with nearly four miles of sands. The beach is accessed by cliff paths at Tregantle and Freathy. There are parking places along the cliffs at various places. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer as there are strong currents in this area.

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