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Brave the bikini for Cornwall’s best beaches

We are pretty spoilt for beaches Cornwall. Our GCG favourites are constantly changing with new contenders for the best Cornish beach fighting for sandy supremacy. With the spring sunshine streaming through our HQ windows we are toasting like lizards and pondering a few of our favourites for beach walks of an afternoon.

Perfect For:
Sandy toes and salt-water

Think North Cornwall for some superb surf:


Polzeath Beach, Polzeath
Polzeath beach is a perfect for newbie surfers, it is pretty cool territory with Blue Flag status and a lifeguard on duty within the season, don the wetsuit to try out your white water skills. The beach is sheltered by much of the elements but still gets the crashing big surf from the Atlantic.

Pentire, Newquay
A whole world away from Newquay’s super surfer competition beaches like Fistral. Think rocky and craggy headland with soft sand dunes, it has wild romance written all over it. A great dog-friendly beach in Cornwall too; check out the Fern Pit Café for some really special seafood after a brisk run.


Go West for wild, artisan and maritime fodder:


Kynance Cove, Lizard
So worth the journey down, Kynance Cove has the most gorgeous long sandy stretch, get the spirit of adventure and make sure you hit the coastal path with or without your D-of-E compass. The National Trust have a sweet café for necessary cake and tea post walk.

Porthkidney Beach, St Ives
A hidden gem in St Ives, long sandy stretch, perfect for dog-running, barefoot running and saltwater paddling. Head on along the coast path in St Ives for some seriously delicious food at Porthminster Beach Cafe.


Smuggle south for pirates ships and tall stories


East Looe Beach, Looe
A family-friendly beach perfect for the Little GCGers. Swim in the calm water, build sandcastles, get the crab nets for rockpooling and bounce on trampolines, super cleverly built into the sand.

Lantic Bay, Fowey
A sand and shingle cove mix, Lantic Bay is dog-friendly beach all year, hound-tastic fun. Perfect for secluded picnics and contemplative walks. Foodies check out Sam’s Fowey for great atmosphere, or Lazy Jacks for Moomaid of Zennor ice-cream at its best.

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  1. Rob Brenner

    Hi, lovely article I was just wondering what the name of the beach is in the first and last picture? They appear to be the same. Thanks

    Feb 19, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

  2. Melodie Manners

    Hi Rob,

    I’ll ask Adam Gibbard, the photographer, the name of the beach. I know that it is in the West of Cornwall but can’t remember which one off the top of my head.

    Best, MM

    Mar 03, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

  3. Lisa

    Hi Melodie

    I would love to know the names of the beaches in the first and last photos too! Beautiful photos and great site.

    Jul 19, 2015 @ 7:27 pm

  4. Melodie Manners

    Dear Lisa,

    Thank you very much! These were taken by Adam Gibbard the first is in St Ives and the second is in the very West of Cornwall (but I need to check which beach). I’ll ask Adam and email you a reply.

    Bestest, MM

    Oct 13, 2015 @ 10:17 am