Kynance Cove is one of Cornwall’s most dramatic beaches — and also one of the most popular. It’s a bit of a walk from the car park, but visitors are rewarded with Mediterranean-like seas, huge rock stacks and hidden corners of sandy beach (when the tide’s out!), where you feel as though you’re the only ones there, Children will love exploring the caves and rockpools. In the winter, grab a hot chocolate from the cafe above the beach and watch the waves roll into this dramatic cove. Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.
Poldhu is a sheltered cove with blissful golden sands. With seasonal lifeguards, it’s a great place to try out watersports, go for a paddle or, when the tide’s out, head to the rockpools for some exploring with the little ones. There’s the brilliant Poldhu Beach Cafe and a surf school set just off the sand, so you can grab a board or sign up for some lessons, and warm up with one of the cafe’s legendary hot chocolates afterwards. Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.
Church Cove, Gunwalloe
The National Trust-owned Church Cove, Gunwalloe (not to be confused with the tiny Church Cove by Lizard Point) is a beautiful, lifeguarded sandy beach with dunes, stream and a beautiful church set just behind. Dollar Cove next door (same carpark) is more wild and rugged, with rocks for climbing and rockpools for exploring; when the tide’s out, you can walk right along the beach to discover caves. There’s a small coffee/ice cream hatch by the carpark, or it’s an easy 20-minute walk over the headland to Poldhu for refreshments at the Poldhu beach Cafe.
Kennack Sands is a large beach with great amenities. Perfect for families, there’s good lifeguard cover and plenty of space for kids to run. It is actually comprised of two beaches – the one furthest from the car park is a nature reserve and often goes undiscovered by visitors, as it’s hidden behind the hill that separates the two. Well worth a visit (there’s great shore fishing too!). Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday. The Mora Beach Cafe and Surf School is the place for refreshments and board hire and lessons. They also hire out bodyboards, wetsuits and deckchairs.