Use the NT car park a mile east of Polruan near Fowey and take the well-marked footpath across the road and into a field. The great reveal is made as you walk over the brow of the hill, and there below you is a sand and shingle beach in a cove cut into towering cliffs smothered with gorse and windswept hawthorns. The trek down to the beach is steep and takes around 20 minutes so take your time and enjoy the view.
Once you reach the shoreline, just stretch out on the beach, look skywards and daydream - it’s that kind of place. Or gather some driftwood, light a fire and crack open a bottle of wine. For romantic souls it’s perfect, if you want some “me” time it feels suitably remote and for active kids it’s a real adventure.
Lantic Bay is owned and looked after by the National Trust and is able to care and conserve areas like this thanks to their members, volunteers and donors. Car park free to National Trust members.