Beaches and bays off the beaten track

The Cornish coastline stretches for around 476 kilometres, with beaches aplenty. Whether you’re after miles of open sand for long walks, or smaller sheltered bays for lazy days, you can guarantee Cornwall will have something for you.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that so many head to Cornwall for their holidays. The most popular beaches can soon get busy, but more often than not there will be local alternatives that will be quieter. Here we’re spilling some inside knowledge to help you find a quieter, less explored spot.

New Polzeath, near Polzeath

When the main beach at Polzeath is busy, it can be a good idea to head to its little sister beach, New Polzeath to the right of the bay. This is a favoured location for swimming away from the surfboards, still within easy access of the town.


Lundy Bay, near Polzeath 

Spectacular cliff-top views are in abundance at Lundy Bay. A short walk from the National Trust car park, just outside Polzeath, takes you to the coast path at Lundy. Head left for a trek around the headland and back into Polzeath, or turn right to get down on to the sandy cove (only accessible at low tide, but plenty or rock pools to explore!).

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Fox Cove, near Porthcothan

Between Treyarnon Bay and Porthcothan lies Fox Cove – a small stretch of sand only accessible at low tide. This is a great alternative to larger local beaches that will often become crowded during peak seasons.

Porthkidney Beach, near Hayle

With Hayle Towans filling up during the Summer months, Porthkidney can be a great alternative for dog walkers looking for an open, unpopulated stretch of sand.

Millook Haven Beach, near Widemouth

The shingle and pebbles don’t make for comfortable sunbathing, but this tucked away beach near Widemouth is a popular spot for experienced surfers.

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