Top 5 Winter Beaches in Cornwall

Our quick guide to our top 5 winter beaches in Cornwall

One of the many benefits of releasing lobsters around the Cornish coast is that we get to visit some of the most amazing beaches the county has to offer. The Cornish coast is a great place to experience wild open spaces in the winter months. Here we take a look at our top 5 beaches that we think you should check out!

1) Trevone

Located near Padstow, Trevone is a relatively sheltered beach next to a quiet village of the same name. At low tide there is plenty of sand exposed and a great area of rocky shore at the south end of the beach – ideal for rock pooling, but take care (always follow the rockpool code) and watch out for the incoming tide! Afterwards,You can pop into Trevone Beach Cafe for a nice warm up and some food!

Dog Friendly? – Seasonal, dogs allowed in winter.

Parking – Two large car parks near the beach

2) Holywell Bay

Just outside Newquay on the wild north coast, Holywell Bay is a huge expanse of golden sand backed by towering sand dunes. Great for a long walk and for storm watching when big winter swells crash in from The Atlantic.

Dog Friendly? – Yes - all year.

Parking – National Trust car park behind the dunes (5min walk to the beach and free to NT members).

3) Gwithian

Just north of Hayle and across the bay from St. Ives, at low tide Gwithian boasts 3km of windswept beach pounded by large waves. Godrevy lighthouse is visible on an island off the north end of the beach, a great place for spotting our gorgeous grey seals enjoying the surf! If you walk towards the North, you can also enjoy delicious food and a hot drink at the ace Godrevy Cafe!

Dog Friendly? – Seasonal, dogs allowed in winter.

Parking – Gwithian Towans Cornwall Council car park above the beach in the dunes or park on the North end of the beach at Godrevy National Trust Car Park (Free to NT Members)

4) Sennen

West Cornwall’s best kept secret? Sennen beach is a long expanse of white sand below granite cliffs and nestled nearby is the picturesque fishing village of Sennen Cove. Being right at the tip of Cornwall, the beach is often exposed to all the power The Atlantic has to offer in the winter. However, when calm the water can be crystal clear due to the lack of development in the area and constant mixing of oceanic water.

Dog Friendly? – Seasonal, dogs allowed in winter.

Parking – Car parks at Sennen Cove at the southern end of the beach.

5) Marazion

Located on Cornwall’s south coast at Mount’s Bay, Marazion is more sheltered from the Atlantic swells than the north coast beaches. Mount’s bay is one of the hotspots for spotting whales and dolphins in Cornwall, so keep an eye on the horizon for fins! Off the beach you’ll also find St Michael’s Mount, with its tidal causeway it’s an iconic sight in West Cornwall (and also a great vantage point for dolphin spotting!)

Dog Friendly? – Seasonal, dogs allowed in winter.

Parking – Marazion Station Cornwall Council car park right by the beach.