TRURO Cornwall TR3 6LQ
With almost 300 miles of coastline in Cornwall, it is no surprise that the county contains many incredible beaches. As such, Cornwall has well over 300 beaches, making it a little tricky to rank them all, so here are eight of the best beaches near to Truro! Each of these beaches is only a short drive away from our cottages, putting you in the perfect place to visit them all!
Owned by the National Trust, this popular beach sits on the gorgeous Roseland peninsula, making it a great spot for those who enjoy a seaside stroll. Dog-friendly all year round, the beach is also enjoyed by families. A particularly sunny spot, Carne beach is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and rock pooling. Cool down afterwards with a delicious Cornish ice cream from one of the ice cream vans that regularly frequent the beach.
Another National Trust beach, 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, exposing rock pools and caves, there is plenty to explore. This area is also great for coastal walks, with the ruins of the Wheal Coates tin mine perched dramatically atop the cliffs. At low tide you can also just walk on over to the neighbouring Porthtowan beach. 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.
Also known as Gunwalloe, this little beach is renowned for the tiny church, St Wynwallow, that sits almost on the sand. More recently the beach has become famous for its scenes in Poldark, where it was used as the location to film ship-wrecking and smuggling scenes for the show!
One of the most popular beaches in the Falmouth area, Gyllyngvase is ideal for those wanting a classic beach experience, as it is perfect for a whole host of water-based activities. Hire a paddleboard and take to the waves before relaxing on the sandy strip for a seaside barbeque!
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.
One of the best-known beaches in the whole of 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 an expanse of sand dunes, there is plenty to explore for wildlife lovers, with beautiful butterflies and intriguing lizards to discover. 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 or catch a local band (and some famous faces) performing in this beautiful spot by the shore.
Found within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Porthtowan’s golden coastline, framed by dramatic cliffs and crystal-clear waves truly live up to the accolade. With plenty of sand and a play park at the top of the beach, Porthtowan is a favourite for families. Also by the beach is the Blue Bar, an ever-popular spot for enjoying a sip by the sea!
With two surf shops sitting on the seafront, it is clear that Portreath is the place to head to if you’re into catching waves! The soft sand at the top of the beach also attracts families, making this a great beach for all. There is plenty to do around the beach as well, with an amusement arcade, café, restaurant and takeaway. The village is just a short walk away from the beach, and there you can find a tearoom and no less than three pubs, perfect for taking in the gorgeous seaside views with a pint from!
If you want to make the most of the sunny weather and get down to the beach, then come and stay at The Valley for a luxury family holidays in Cornwall.
Image Credit: Tim Green
Image Credit: Rod Allday / Carne beach on a low spring tide / CC BY-SA 2.0