The Best Cornish Beaches for Walks

September 18th, 2020

If you’re staying in one of our sought-after dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall, no doubt you are looking forward to some beautiful walks along the coast! Cornwall is inundated with beautiful beaches across its coastline, attracting avid walkers every year!

 

All our beaches featured are perfect for walking with or without a dog, and we advise on the best times to visit if you are with your furry friend!

 

Our Chosen Locations

There are many beautiful beach walks in the county, so to narrow down our top picks, we have mainly focussed on the southern area of Cornwall below Truro.

 

Many of our chosen locations feature stunning walks either on the beach or surrounding it; you may notice the South West Coast Path features in a few of our sites!

 
Godrevy lighthouse on Gwithian beach

Gwithian Towans Beach

 

As Cornwall’s longest beach, Gwithian had to feature on our list.

 

The beach lies between Hayle and Godrevy, and the whole stretch of golden sand can be accessed when the tide is low. Three miles in length, it is the perfect place for those who want to take off their shoes and walk with their toes in the sand.

 


When the surf is pumping, the beach becomes a showground of surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing displays! The rolling sand dunes behind the beach are also perfect for those who want an adventure.

 

Note, dogs are not permitted on the beach during July and August.

 

Buried History

 

One of the main appeals of the beach is its great history! A buried castle is believed to exist beneath the sand belonging to a man called Tendar, an alleged ‘Pagan persecutor of Christians’.

 

A medieval chapel, St Govian’s, is also rumoured to lie beneath the sand dunes and was last seen in the 1940s!

 

The Lighthouse

 

At one end of the beach, you will find the beautiful Godrevy Lighthouse, built to signify the dangerous Storms Reef.

 

Situated just in front of the beach, it makes a stunning photograph, especially on stormier days or during a fiery sunset!

 
 Cliffs at Land's End

Sennen Cove

 

Sennen is a favourite hotspot for surfers. The stunning cove is lined with beautiful white sand, and it is the perfect place for those hoping to try their hand at watersports; the beach is lifeguarded during the summer season, and there are plenty of surf schools to provide extra guidance!

 

If you want to stick solely to walking, the beach and surrounding areas provide many stunning walks for visitors to enjoy. Take a leisurely stroll across the beach and absorb the dramatic coastline and hub of activity.

 

Note that dogs are not permitted on Sennen Beach from 5th May to 30th September between the times of 10am and 6pm.

 

If you have more energy to blow off, follow the South West Coast Path to other close-by locations including Land’s End to the South and Gwenver beach to the north, which is a dog-friendly beach throughout the year.

 

Walking to Land’s End from Sennen

 

Only 1.5 km to Land’s End, Sennen is the perfect base to start an exploration to the famous tourist hotspot at the tip of the county.

 

It is a reasonably easy walk, with almost no steep inclines throughout the hike. If you fancy a different path to the way you came, there are a few circular routes you can take to return to Sennen.

 

Nanjizal Beach

If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can continue on the South West coast path down towards Nanjizal Beach once you have reached Land’s End.

 

Nanjizal Beach is a beautiful secluded beach which isn’t easily accessible by car, so walking is the best way to get there and well worth the visit if you are feeling up to it!

 

It is famous for the Song of the Sea, a captivating natural rock arch which floods with beautiful light in the sun. The beach welcomes dogs all year round!

 
A father and sun playing in the sea on the South West Coast Path in Falmouth

Gyllyngvase Beach

One of Falmouth’s favourite and largest beaches, the bright turquoise waters of Gyllyngvase Beach attracts many visitors throughout the year.

 

Only a 10-minute walk from Falmouth’s town centre, it is easily accessible and a family favourite due to its calm waters and pretty sand. The beach is also a great starting point for coastal walks to other must-see spots including Swanpool Beach and Maenporth.

 

Note that dogs are not permitted on Sennen Beach from 5th May to 30th September between the times of 10am and 6pm.

 
Porthleven harbour

Porthleven

Porthleven is a pretty fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall. The beach is sandy and is accessible to other spots in the area including Loe Bar, just up from the beach in a 40 minutes’ walk.

 

Longer walks along the South West Coast Past from Porthleven include Mullion and Praa Sands which are situated either side of the beach.

 

Which of our featured beaches will you be looking forward to strolling on? Have we missed your favourite location for a beach walk? Why not share your thoughts with us on our social media channels; we would love to know more about your favourite hikes!