West Cornwall

Why visit West Cornwall?

A large part the peninsula here was once an island, and even though nowadays joined to the mainland, a feeling of individuality remains. Heathland covers the granite outcrops and the area is scattered with remnants of an incredibly ancient heritage. As you slip off the edge of the map into rocky gorges where tiny fishing villages face a wild ocean it’s as if you have slipped off the edge of time where Cornwall reveals its most individual and captivating side.

You'll find:

  • Long stretches of golden sand
  • Inspiring artists colonies
  • Smugglers coves
  • Historic mining settlements
  • Surf spots
  • Boat trips
  • Harbour towns
  • Ancient stone circles and Iron Age villages
  • St Michael's Mount
  • Lizard Peninsula
  • Minack Theatre
  • Land's End

Places to visit include:

St Ives, Hayle, Zennor, St Just, Cape Cornwall, Land's End, Sennen, Porthcurno, Penzance, Mousehole, Marazion, Helston, Lizard Point, Praa Sands, Porthleven, Mullion, Kynance Cove, Podhu Cove, Cadgwith, Coverack, St Keverne and The Helford River.

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West Cornwall > Portreath
Good Beach Guide recommended 2015: The large beach has soft fine sand, with shingle below the shore line, that is popular with families.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

West Cornwall
Loe Bar beach is a half mile shingle bank which separates the Loe, the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, from the sea.  Loe Bar was originally the mouth of the River Cober which led to a harbour in Helston.

West Cornwall
Gwithian offers a broad spacious sandy beach popular for surfing and seldom crowded and great for taking a walk. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach between Ceres Rock and Red River.

West Cornwall > The Lizard
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Coverack is a  picturesque Cornish fishing village with a small sand and pebble beach on the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsula. Dogs must be kept on leads.

West Cornwall > The Lizard
Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall, the contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red and green serpentine rock produces a breathtaking sight. A seasonal dog ban operates

West Cornwall > St. Ives
Soak up the harbour side atmosphere on this pretty beach in the favourite seaside town of St Ives. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

West Cornwall
Providing some of the best surfing conditions in Cornwall, Gwynver beach is only accessible on foot from the top of the cliff or along the South West Coast Path from Sennen.

West Cornwall > Penzance
Good Beach Guide recommended 2015: Perranuthnoe beach is located on the south coast around a mile to the east of Marazion, with fine views of Cornwall's jewel, St Michael's Mount.

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