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24 June 2014

Three Cornish beaches in UK top 20

Three Cornish beaches have been ranked among the top 20 beaches in the whole of Britain by travel writers at the Daily Telegraph.

The list, compiled by a dozen experienced travel journalists, includes the three Cornish beaches, although only two of those are within reach of the Valley’s luxury self-catering cottages Cornwall.

That’s because one of the Cornish beaches on the list is at Pentle Bay on the Scilly isle of Tresco – a little too far for a day trip from Carnon Downs, although helicopter rides to the island are available.

The other two beaches on the list are Watergate Bay near Newquay and Porthcurno, with the former occupying first place on the list.

The Telegraph’s travel writers praised the beach’s two miles of golden sand backed by cliffs and caves.

“The Atlantic swells produce reliable surf and peregrine falcons, gulls and fulmars wheel overhead,” reads the description of Watergate Bay on the list.

Porthcurno, home of the Minack Theatre, is further down the list but is still praised as highly as Watergate Bay.

The writers said the beach is “is arguably the county's most beautiful bay: a funnel of sand caught between lichen-encrusted granite cliffs”.

The easily accessible and popular family beach has fine white sand and is best at low tide when you can walk to other beaches in the bay and sit on sandbars beneath the ancient cliff fort of Treryn Dinas, surrounded by Grecian-blue water.

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