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
Lamorna is the place where the 2013 movie Summer in February was filmed. The Cove has a small pebble beach beside the harbour and quay with lots of large granite boulders especially at low tide.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Poldhu Cove, also known as Black Pool Cove, is a lovely west-facing sandy beach. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

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
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Three glorious miles of sand and steeply shelving shingle where it is possible to walk in an easterly direction, when the tide is out. 

West Cornwall
Mullion Cove on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula is a small sandy beach, mostly covered at high tide, beside the historic lifeboat station and picturesque Mullion harbour. 

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Polurrian Cove lies close to the village of Mullion on The Lizard and is a southwest-facing beach with golden sand and patches of fine shingle.

West Cornwall
Just one of many secret beaches on the south coast of Cornwall, Kenneggy Sands offers a sandy beach reached at low tide from Praa Sands.  Ideal if you have a keen sense of adventure, this beach is also accessed along a winding clifftop footpath with final descent using chained ladders. 

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.

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