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Beaches Helston and The Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Cornwall Beaches List Helston & The Lizard

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Every effort is made to keep this beach guide up to date but there have been so many changes this year that we can't guarantee it.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Cadgwith Cove, Lizard Peninsula

Cadgwith Cove on the Lizard Peninsula is a picture box village. Pretty cottages line the narrow streets. There is still fishing from Cadgwith and so fishing boats can be seen resting on the beaches or entering and leaving the harbour. Cadgwith has two small beaches. It is not really a place to visit for a day on the beach but is a nice village to visit with the option of spending some time on a small shingle beach. There is parking on the outskirts of Cadgwith from which you walk down a beautiful footpath to the village. Cadgwith has places to get food and drink and a couple of shops although opening is likely to be seasonal. There is a warning in place that swimming from Cadgwith is with care. Cadgwith East is a dog friendly beach and dogs are allowed all year. Watch Video of Cadgwith Cove Cornwall

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West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Coverack Cornwall

Coverack beach is a dog friendly beach in Cornwall. Coverack beach is sand and rock backed by the sea wall and overlooking the small pretty harbour. At high tide the sand is covered so best visited at mid to low tide. The sea here is usually calm. The facilities are good, there are toilets in the village and plenty of parking on entering the Coverack and refreshments. Note access to Coverack beach is by steep steps. Coverack beach only allows dogs on leads between 1st June and 31st August (many thanks to Sue for letting us know this). Read more about Coverack Cornwall

Lizard Peninsula

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Mullion Cornwall

Gunwalloe Church Cove is a picturesque south west facing cove on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall Scattered with sand and pebbles and backed by low lying dunes the Cove is overlooked by Mullion Golf Club in a very beautiful setting. There are strong currents at low tide. A Lifeguard Service operates daily in peak season. Nestling in the cliff is the 15th Century Church of St Winwalowe, hence the name Church Cove. The church is unusual with a small squat detached bell tower and is well worth a visit. There is parking a short walk from the Cove. Close by is Dollar Cove, which may have been named after a Portugese ship full of treasure, including silver dollars, was sunk. No Lifeguard service operates at Dollar Cove. Both beaches are operated by the National Trust and seasonal dog restrictions apply from Easter Sunday until 30 September 7am to 7pm.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

The Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Kennack Sands, situated on the Lizard Peninsula, is two lovely sheltered sandy Cornish coves with impressive rocks to explore. Split into Kennack Sands East (the furthest away) and Kennack Sands West. Very popular in the summer with families who holiday in Cornwall due to the large number of caravan sites within walking distance. There is paid for parking near the beach and a cafe and toilets in season. The drive can be difficult at busy times with lots of reversing and maneuvering for vehicles to pass each other on the single track road. Lifeguarded in the summer season. Kennack Sands East - dog friendly beach all year. Kennack Sands West seasonal dog ban - Easter day - 30th Sept dogs banned 7am-7pm Read more about the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Praa Sands

Kenneggy Sands is quite an adventurous Cornwall beach to visit. There are two ways to access the beach - one is to walk along the beach from Praa Sands at low tide, the other to take the cliff top footpath and climb the chained ladder down to the beach. There is a risk of being cut off at Kenneggy beach by the incoming tide as the beach completely disappears at high tide so make sure you know the tide times and are alert to the risks. Once there the beach is sandy and dog friendly (although obviously the ladder is not).

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

The Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Kynance Cove Cornwall is a National Trust beach situated on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall reached by a 10 or 15 minute walk down unmade paths (quite steep on the return). Nice Cornish sandy beach with large rock formations to explore. The beach is almost all covered at high tide but there are places on the surrounding grassy areas to sit. Facilities are limited with only a cafe and toilets in the summer season. Parking is good with a large paid for car park (unless you are a National Trust member). Kynance Cove is signed by a brown National Trust sign off the A3083 Helston to Lizard road and is about half a mile before you reach Lizard village Cornwall. Follow the narrow road until you reach the car park. Seasonal dog ban Easter Day - 1st October dogs banned 7am - 7pm

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards:

Porthleven Cornwall

Loe Bar is a dangerous stretch of beach with strong waves and currents and steep slippery shingle bank the combination of which have resulted in lives lost over the years. Warning in place stating you should definitely not swim here. Loe Bar is a bank (Bar) which separates the lake, The Loe, from the sea and is near to Porthleven Cornwall . Loe Bar is dog friendly, although obviously the warnings and dangers apply to dogs also. There is parking, although the beach is quite a walk from the car park.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Mullion Cove on the Lizard Peninsula is a National Trust Harbour. The harbour is the main attraction to visitors but there is a small beach with sandy patches in between the rocks and cave. The beach is nearly all covered at high tide. There are toilets and a cafe. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year. Read more about the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Pentreath is a small pebble beach with sand at low tide backed by steep cliffs on the Lizard and Kynance Cove. The beach is accessed by walking along the Coast Path from either Lizard or Kynance Cove, there is parking at both of these. Pentreath is a dog friendly beach Cornwall and dogs are allowed all year. There is a warning in place of swimming with care.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Mullion Cornwall

A small, sandy cove with cliffs and sand dunes. Popular with bathers and surfers. One of the largest beaches on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall. Popular with families due to the lovely blue sea and large stretches of sand. There is a cafe almost on the beach in the sand dunes and a car park opposite. Lifeguarded in the summer season. Dogs welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September when a seasonal dog ban is in place from 7 am to 7 pm.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Lizard Peninsula

Polgwidden beach is a pretty sand and shingle cove on the Helford River which leads up to Gweek on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall . Polgwidden is at the bottom of the beautiful Trebah Gardens. There are several car parks around Polgwidden beach. Polgwidden is a dog friendly beach in Cornwall and dogs are allowed all year.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Lizard, Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Polpeor Cove is a small sand, shale and rock beach with lots of rocks and rock pools to explore. The beach is at Lizard Point by Lizard village and is accessed by walking down a very steep road / path, which seems even steeper on the climb back. Some boats are stored on the slipway down. Polpeor is best visited at mid to low tide when more of the beach and rocks are accessible, although there is usually a small beach to sit on at high tide. The old Lizard Lifeboat Station is just to the side of Polpeor Cove. Polpeor does not have the beautiful golden sands of many of the Cornish beaches but does have beautiful views, it is not really a beach to visit for a day on the beach, but is a nice stop off as part of an excellent day at Lizard on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall and walk on the Coast Path with stunning views (although beware of adders and please keep dogs on leads by these steep cliffs, dogs die every year by falling off). Polpeor is unsuitable for swimming. Above Polpeor beach is the fantastic dog friendly Polpeor Cafe, excellent for coffee and cake, cream teas, lunches and in high season dinner (seasonal opening times). There are no toilets at the cafe or beach, toilets are at the large National Trust car park. Polpeor Cove is a dog friendly beach in Cornwall and allows dogs all year. There is a small National Trust car park near the beach and a larger one a short steep walk away. For a longer walk park in Lizard village.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Mullion Cornwall

Polurrian Cove lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the village of Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall. It is a south facing secluded beach with limited facilities although it does have golden sands and some shingle. There is no car park for the beach although parking is available in Mullion. Access is via a rather steep path. RNLI Lifeguard cover weekends and Bank Holidays and only in peak season. Seasonal dog ban applies from Easter until October.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Lizard Peninsula

Porthallow is a very small fishing village on the east of the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall. Porthallow beach is a rock and shingle cove set right next to the village. Views out towards the Roseland Peninsula and Falmouth Estuary. Porthallow was once a busy pilchard fishing village but is much queter now, although there are still a few boats left working from the harbour. There is a warning at Porthallow of swimming with care. Porthallow is a dog friendly beach and dogs are allowed all year. Watch Video Of Porthallow Beach Cornwall

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall

Porthleven beach in west Cornwall is a mixture of sand and shale backed by cliffs and the sea wall. Strong undercurrents make bathing particularly hazardous here. Parking is in the centre of the village as are facilities. Porthleven is more a place to visit for the picturesque Cornish harbour village atmosphere with the different shops, galleries, pubs and cafes rather than the beach, but if you are there it is worth a visit. DOG BAN Easter Day until 1st October 7am-7pm in operation from the Harbour Wall to the Blue Buoy steps. On the rest of the beach there are no restrictions. Please check signs carefully to make sure where you are is dog friendly. Lifeguarded over the summer season. If considering surfing the RNLI advice is that only experienced surfers should use this break

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Lizard Peninsula

Porthoustock is an east facing rock and shingle beach scattered with fishing boats and popular with divers. Situated on the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall. This vibrant fishing beach is set next to the old quarry and overlooking the new quarry which creates the boulders used in sea defence throughout the country. Parking but limited facilities. There is a warning that swimming at Porthoustock is with care. Porthoustock is a dog friendly beach on which dogs are allowed all year. Watch Video of Porthoustock Beach Cornwall

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Portreath Cornwall

The beach at Portreath Cornwall is a large sandy Cornish beach popular with families and surfers in the right conditions. Backed by steep cliffs and the sea wall the beach is quite sheltered. Facilities are good, there is a paid for car park next to the beach, a cafe open most of the year and another cafe and fish and chips shop open in the summer season. There are toilets just across the road from the beach and a surf shop that sells and hires. Portreath village has a convenience store, bakery, pubs, chinese take a way and restaurant. Lifeguarded over the summer season Dog ban Easter day until 1st October from 7am until 7pm

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Praa Sands Cornwall

Praa Sands is a large expanse of golden Cornish sand popular with surfers due to the frequent surf and enjoyed by families and beach goers. There are good facilities with cafes, a beach hire place and shop, surf lessons offered, toilets and paid for parking. Praa Sands is signed off the A394 Penzance to Helston road, drive through the small village and park in one of the three car parks. Lifeguarded over the summer season Seasonal Dog ban Easter Day until 1st October dogs banned from 7am until 7pm

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Penzance Cornwall

Watch Video of Prussia Cove Beach Cornwall

The small coves making up Prussia Cove are revealed at low tide when small coves of sand and rock with large areas of rock which people like to sit on can be seen. Warning in place that swimming is with care. The cove is set in beautiful Cornish countryside and the old buildings highlighting former uses of the Cove can be seen on the walk down. Prussia Cove is famous for smuggling as the notorious English smuggler, John Carter, nicknamed the King of Prussia and his brothers operated out of the Cove in the 18th century. There is parking and toilets (unsure of opening times) and the beach is accessed by a short walk down an unmade track. Dogs are allowed all year at Prussia Cove. The Cove is found off the road between Penzance Cornwall and Helston.

West Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no