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
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: South west facing long stretch of golden sand considered to be one of the finest beaches to be found in the UK. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

West Cornwall > Lands End
A picturesque fishing hamlet in West Cornwall, with some boats still launching from here, Porthgwarra has a small secluded beach just around the corner from Porthcurno.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

West Cornwall > Lands End
South facing sheltered cove, surrounded by cliffs. Access is along a narrow cliff path with a rock climb down to the beach. Only suitable for the agile and able bodied. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

West Cornwall > Hayle
Peter's Point beach is the far end of the three mile stretch of golden sands at Hayle that allows visitors to get away from the crowds.

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 > St. Ives
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 situated in next to Tate St Ives, great for both swimming and surfing. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

West Cornwall > Penzance
Long Rock is a safe family beach with sand and pebbles on the western end of sands that stretch from Marazion. Favoured with Penzance locals as it is the most easily accessible stretch of sandy beach from town.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014: Porthkidney Sands is a north-facing beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary that lies just two miles from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, West Cornwall. Dog friendly all year round.


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