Cornwall's beaches make the grade

All Cornwall’s beaches have made the grade against tough bathing water quality standards, according to figures published by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs in mid November 2017.

6 secret beaches in West Penwith

West Penwith is one of the quietest parts of Cornwall. It's small villages are connected by narrow and winding lanes and the coastline has high rugged cliffs which tower over the sandy beaches and coves below. Sennen is the largest beach in the area and Porthcurno attracts lots of visitors because of the iconic Minack Theatre. But where can you go to beat the crowds? Here's our guide to some of West Penwith's most secluded beaches and coves.

Gwynver Beach

A mellow kayak through autumns mists.

The evenings are starting to draw in, the leaves starting to turn, and down in Cornwall the scenery on the wooded creeks, including the Helford River in west Cornwall and the Fowey, become a blaze of colour. Fallen trees left to rot make stunning natural art and are enjoyed by an abundance of birdlife including the common kingfisher, whose wings are cobalt blue and breast bright orange, mimicking the autumnal colours. In contrast the Little Egrets perch in trees with their bright white feathers looking like lanterns.