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With almost 300 miles of coastline in Cornwall, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of incredible beaches to explore. With so many great contenders to put on your holiday itinerary, ranking all of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches is a little tricky, so here, we focus on eight of our favourite spots near Truro.
With each of these beaches only a short drive away from our Truro holiday cottages, you’ll be in the prime location to enjoy all of them, making the most of your Cornish break!
As one of the best-known beaches across Cornwall, Perranporth beach has it all, and it’s easy to see why so many rave about it!
The huge expanse of sand and sea makes it ideal for all beach activities, so you’ll see everything from surfers catching waves to horses riding across the golden stretches. Framed by impressive sand dunes, there is also plenty for wildlife lovers to discover, with a plethora of beautiful butterflies and lizards to spot.
Perranporth is also famous for being the only beach in the UK to have a bar actually on it! Celebrate the sunny weather with a pint or two and catch a local band (and some famous faces) performing at this beautiful spot by the shore.
Found within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Porthtowan’s golden coastline, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear waves, truly lives up to the accolade.
With plenty of sand and a play park at the top of the beach, Porthtowan is a favourite for families. It is also one of the top spots in Cornwall for surfers.
As a Blue Flag Award winner, you’ll find a host of great, well-managed beachside amenities, with the beachside Blue Bar being an ever-popular spot for enjoying a sip by the sea!
Also one of the most popular beaches in the Falmouth area, Gyllyngvase is ideal for those who want a classic beach experience! The stretches of soft golden sands are ideal for relaxing on, and the waves are perfect for a whole host of water-based activities.
Why not hire a paddleboard and take to the waves before relaxing on a sandy strip for a seaside barbeque?
Gyllyngvase has also received a Blue Flag Award, highlighting it as an outstanding beach of cleanliness and safety.
Owned by the National Trust, Chapel Porth is located on the northern coast, near the village of St Agnes. An expanse of golden sand meets the intense salty waves on this Cornish beach, making for fantastic surf.
When the tide is out, there are plenty of exposed rock pools and fascinating caves to explore – at low tide, you can also walk over to neighbouring Porthtowan beach. This area is great for coastal walks too, with the ruins of the Wheal Coates tin mine perched dramatically atop the cliffs.
Chapel Porth is perhaps most famous for its inventive ‘hedgehog ice cream’; a scoop of classic Cornish ice cream topped with clotted cream and sprinkled with crushed hazelnuts!
Another National Trust beach, this popular beach sits on the gorgeous Roseland Peninsula, making it a great choice for those who enjoy a picturesque seaside stroll. As Carne is dog-friendly all year round, it’s the perfect beach for all the family!
As a particularly sunny spot, Carne beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and rock pooling. You can also cool down afterwards with a delicious Cornish ice cream from one of the vans that regularly frequent the beachfront.
A perfect beach for families, Maenporth beach gently slopes into a shallow shore that is ideal for kids who love to paddle.
The beach boasts some incredible scenery, with views out over the Bay to Pendennis Castle and St Anthony Head. The great water conditions make this another popular space for swimming and watersports.
With two surf shops sitting on the seafront, it’s pretty clear that Portreath is the place to go if you’re into catching waves.
The soft sand at the top of the beach is loved by families, making this a great location for all. There are also plenty of things along the front to keep everyone entertained all day long, with an amusement arcade, café, restaurant and takeaway.
The village is just a short walk away from the beach – there, you can find a tearoom and no less than three pubs, perfect for taking in the gorgeous seaside views with a pint!
Although a little further away from Truro than our other mentions, Church Cove is well worth the visit. Also known as Gunwalloe, this little beach is renowned for the tiny church, St Wynwallow, that sits almost on the sand.
When making your way down the beach, you’ll find a collection of quaint seaside cottages and fishing boats to complete the serene picture.
More recently, the beach has become famous for its scenes in Poldark, where it became a filming location for ship-wreck and smuggling scenes in the show.
If you’re ready for a trip to the beach, our cottages at The Valley are the perfect place to base your adventures. Take a look at our luxury accommodation now to start planning your trip to Cornwall!
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