Beaches in Cornwall
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Cornwall's beaches are rated among the best in the world with six beaches awarded international Blue Flag status in 2012. Thanks to the our unique position on the UK's south west peninsula, 80% of Cornwall is surrounded by the sea with the longest stretch of coastline in the UK at 476km. Browse through more than one hundred beaches by using the left-hand filters to refine your search and help you find exactly what you're looking for.
The RNLI provide a life-guard service at the most popular beaches during the busiest months, however visitors are advised to check beforehand for more detailed information at RNLI website. Be careful when exploring beaches at low tide, don't get cut off, check tide times too before you visit. Safety information notices are provided on site at the most popular beaches.
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Some beaches are dog friendly year round, other beaches operate a seasonal dog ban usually from Easter to October. Activate the dog-friendly filter on the left-hand side to find dog-friendly beaches, checking each beach for seasonal ban details. For further information about dog-friendly holidays see our Essentials page.
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Talland Bay is a small and quiet place midway between Looe and Polperro. There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small - one slightly to the west has sand both at high tide and low tide and is good for swimming at both high and low tides.
Hayle boasts three miles of golden sand and owing to its northern-most position Godrevy, owned by the National Trust, takes the brunt of the Atlantic swell and is one of the more exposed beaches of the North coast.
Poldhu Cove, also known as Black Pool Cove, is a lovely west-facing sandy beach is suitable for lots of fun activities from building sand castles to beach volleyball and rocks to explore at low tide and great for swimming, surfing and windsurfing (in the designated zone).
In an secluded corner of South East Cornwall, Kingsand and its neighbouring beach at Cawsand are east-facing beaches of sand and shingle and great views of Plymouth Sound.
A sandy beach is stunning unspoilt surrounding.