Beaches - Mevagissey, Gorran Haven


Caerhays - South facing sandy beach in an attractive cove. Overlooked by Caerhays Castle, a very striking private residence, whose garden is open to the public during the spring. Parking behind the beach allows easy access.

Hemmick - Fairly isolated small south west facing cove of sand. Limited parking and reached by narrow country lanes.

Vault - Long shingly beach reached by coastal footpath from Gorran Haven (2 miles) or path from National Trust car park (1/2 mile). Real sun catcher who's privacy attracts occasional naturists. Spectacular scenery, sun, rain or gales, unbeatable.

Gorran Haven - Nice sandy beach with easy access for people and boats and facilities such as toilets, cafes, deckchairs, parking etc. The old stone quay shelters the boats moored in the harbour and provides good views of the beach and bay. Great for sun bathing and fishing.



Polstreath - lovely beach just to the north of Mevagissey, about 15 minutes walk from the harbour. Accessed by about 200 steep steps, not suitable for anyone unsure on their feet !

Portmellon - small cove to the east of Mevagissey, about 20 minutes walk from the village. Disadvantages - the beach is completely covered at high tide, advantage - the Rising Sun pub over looks the beach and is only yards away. Very spectacular if there's a high tide and easterly wind, watch the waves break across the road and over the houses !

Pentewan - long shingly beach about one mile from Mevagissey. Very busy during the summer due to Pentewan campsite.

Little Perhaver - the quiet half of Gorran Haven beach. Nice sandy beach accessible from Gorran Haven beach at low tide and steps at high tide.

Great Perhaver - just along the coast from Gorran Haven, lovely sandy beach with lots of rocks for kids to explore only accessible by boat. Little beach shows when the tide is in.


Wuff Wuff - thats my other dog impression ....

Dog friendly beaches within 5 miles of Mevagissey

Polstreath - just north of Mevagissey
Portmellon - dog ban in force July/Aug/Sept
Gorran Haven - must be on a lead
Vault Beach

Most beaches on the south coast of Cornwall are very safe for swimming. There are very few steep beaches or dangerous currents, no flags or life guards. That said, the sea can be very dangerous and must be respected at all times. Please follow the seaside code and be especially careful when using airbeds and dinghys during off-shore winds.

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