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
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 > 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.

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
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015 - Marazion Beach has the most spectacular view of St Michael's Mount and the bay beyond, Mounts Bay, recently voted one of the most beautiful bays in the world. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach. 

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.

West Cornwall > Lands End
A real 'locals' beach, off the beaten track and tricky to find without local knowledge. Portheras Cove is on the northern edge of West Cornwall between Morvah and Pendeen. The cove is sandy and located at the end of a small valley.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Kennack Sands, near the village of Kuggar on the Lizard peninsula, is comprised of two beaches with some grassy areas which are divided by the small hill of Carn Kennack

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2017: 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.

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