The golden sandy beaches at Whitsand Bay are exceptional and there are plenty to choose from depending on whether you want to go rock pooling or take long strolls along the sea shore.
The main Whitsand Bay Beach offers three miles of stunning beach from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and is considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Four golden sand beaches backed by sheer cliffs combine to create stunning scenery. Reached by steep paths and steps , at low tide the long stretch of glistening sand provides some great walking or jogging and the constant swell keeps surfers happy riding some huge waves. You will often see hang-gliders and para-gliders braving the thermals.
Rock pools dotted around the beach reveal fascinating sea life and out to sea the bay is a popular dive site and home to HMS Scylla, an ex-naval frigate sunk in 2004 to form an artificial reef. When the tide’s in, the beaches are mostly covered but up on the cliffs the award winning View Café is a great spot for a meal and at the bottom of the cliffs at Tregonhawke Beach the Eddystone Café is an ideal place to grab a coffee and just enjoy the rather stunning views.
The RNLI operate lifeguards on most beaches but be sure to bathe between the flags that are clearly visible on the beach.
Access – Can be difficult on steps and uneven paths from parking areas.