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Beaches In Cornwall

Crylla Valley Cottages is located in South East Cornwall situated within easy reach of a choice of shingle and sandy beaches scattered along the soft southern coastline. We are an excellent base for exploring the many beautiful, practical & various beaches in South Cornwall & South Devon.

Alternatively the Atlantic Coast, which is well within an hours drive, is home to some of Europe’s top surfing destinations and offers more rugged and striking scenery.

With so many variations of beach types within a short drive you are spoilt for choice, whether is to paddle your feet, explore the rockpools, build sandcastles, surf the infamous waves, try a new water sport or to find quiet secluded cove to relax and just read a book, see below for a selection of suggestions;

  • Seaton Beach. Located just 8 miles from Crylla Valley is this picturesque beach, with level access, designated parking and full facilities. Dogs are welcome all year round. There is also a café, pub, shop, children’s play area and nature walk.
  • Whitsand Bay. Fantastic views from the coast road above the bay are on offer with many beaches available to explore, three miles in total. Most are accessed from cliff paths with car parks above and dogs are welcome all year. Some great spots for surfing and bodyboarding. Approximately a 25 minute drive away. Image shown above.
  • Looe Harbour and Beach. As pictured above. Famous for its fish and chips, pasties, ice creams and seagulls!! A great day out for the whole family giving you the option of a fun packed day by the seaside. All the amenities you could want are within walking distance of the beach itself. Sorry no dogs allowed. 
  • Kingsand and Cawsand. Picturesque twin villages on the Rame Peninsula located in South East Cornwall. The villages are well known for their smuggling and fishing past. Although the known smuggling tunnels have been sealed up, there are still old fish cellars and boat stores to be seen along the coast The villages contain no fewer than 5 pubs that serve both drinks and food. Shingle beaches, dogs are welcome all year on Kingsand. As illustrated above.
  • Polkerris. An Idyllic sandy south cornish cove with water sports facilities. Fantastic if you have younger children. All the amenities needed; pub, pasty shop, café, public toilets and nearby car park. Sorry no dogs allowed. 
  • Fistral, Newquay. Possibly the most famous surf break in Cornwall and the mecca for British surfing, an hours drive from Crylla Valley and well worth a day trip, you can book a surfing lesson or just set up for the day and watch the experts as you work on your tan!! Plenty of pubs to stop at on your way back and enjoy a nice meal. Newquay has 9 beaches in total.
  • Watergate Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, with great facilities including toilets, beach bar, local pub. Surf and Kite Surfing lessons are also available. Dogs are welcome all year.
  • Polzeath. A great family beach, bucket and spade needed!! With plenty of space, rockpools, easy access and parking it couldn’t be simpler. Plenty of shops selling beach accessories, sunscreen, food, drink and ice creams. Lifeguards patrol seasonally.
  • Harlyn Bay. Located in the Trevose Head area not far from Padstow, Harlyn Bay is very picturesque and beautiful offering excellent and sheltered bathing waters patrolled by lifeguards, a safe place for all the children, great access and parking. Dogs are welcome all year.
  • Bigbury-On-Sea. Located on the south coast of Devon approximately 250 metres from the tidal island of Burgh Island. The Burgh Island hotel is famous for its stunning Art Deco architecture and is closely linked to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mystery, Lovejoy & GMTV’s Inch-loss Island to name a few.A fantastic beach with fantastic amienties fun for all the family.
  • Bantham. Another fantasic family beach a firm favourite with guests of Crylla and us, giving you the oppourtunity to see the stunning & diverse south coast of Devon. Facilties & parking as well as Lifeguard on patrol in the peak season. Not to be missed – a great day at the beach. As shown above.

On arrival we provide all dog owners with a FREE ‘Cornwall Visitor Guide for Dog Owners’ – proven to be invaluable to our visitors with furry companions also wanting to take advantage of the stunning beaches in Cornwall.

Beaches In Cornwall & Devon



Map Star Number Beach Mins by Car Miles Sand Type Access Parking Dogs Allowed Toilets Facilities Activities Safety Postcode
1 Seaton 23 9.7 Grey Sand 1 1 All Year Yes Yes Surfing 1 PL11 3JQ
2 Whitsand 17 9.6 3m of Sand 3 3 All Year At 1 end At 1 end Surfing 3 PL11 3BY
3 Looe 21 12 Sand 1 2 Not Allowed Yes Yes Boat Trips 1 PL13 1HA
4 Kingsand 28 14 Shingle/Sand 2 2 All Year Yes Yes Sailing 1 PL10 1NA
5 Cawsand 29 14.8 Shingle/Sand 2 2 1st Oct – Easter day Yes Yes Sailing 1 PL10 1PJ
6 Lantic Bay 39 26.8 White Sand 3 2 All Year Yes No 2 PL23 1NP
7 Par Sands 44 27.4 Sand 1 1 All Year Yes Yes   PL24 2AR
8 Polzeath 62 37.4 Sand 1 1 1st Oct – Easter Day Yes Yes Surfing 1 PL22 6TB
9 New Polzeath 78 37 Sand 2 2 1st Oct – Easter day Yes Yes Surfing 1  
10 Harlyn Bay 63 44.6 Sand 1 2 All Year Yes Yes Surfing 1 PL28 8SQ
11 Porthcothan 60 43.5 Sand 1 2 All Year Yes Yes 1 PL28 8LW
12 Treyarnon Bay 61 43.8 Sand 2 2 All Year Yes Yes Surfing 1 PL28 8JR
13 Porth 56 40.8 Sand 2 2 1st Oct – Easter day Yes Yes Surfing 1 TR7 3NH
14 Fistral 58 42.5 Sand 2 3 All Year Yes Yes Surfing 2 TR7 1HY
15 Towan 58 41 Sand 2 3 All Year Yes Yes Surfing 3 TR7 1EA
16 Great Western 59 41   2 3 All Year Yes Yes Surfing 3 TR7 2NE
17 Tolcarne 56 41 Sand 2 3 1st Oct – Easter day Yes Yes Surfing 3 TR7 2AF
18 Lusty Glaze 57 40.7 Sand 3 3 Mid May or All year from 7pm – 8am Yes Yes Surfing 3 TR7 3AE
19 Bigbury – On – Sea 50 27.6 Sand 1 2 Restricted Areas Yes Yes 2 TQ7 4AS
20 Thurlestone 53 30 Sand 2 2 All Year Yes Yes Water Sports 1 TQ7 3JS
21 Bantham 53 29.5 Sand 2 2 1st Oct – Mid May Yes Yes Water Sports 1 TQ7 3AN
22 Blackpool Sands 59 36.6 Sand 1 2 Nov – Easter Yes Yes Water Sports 1 TQ6 0RG


Key 1 2 3
Access Level Wheel chair & pushchair users Slip way maybe a few steps down to beach Very Steep no good for wheelchair or pushchairs
In the summer all car parks will be busy
More than 1 car park, good options A large car park, maybe a field, or a walk away. Parking available but limited
All tide times should be observed as well as the warning flags. Not all beaches have signs.
Lifeguarded in the summer or very good for signs Has Rip currents, may have lifeguards Observe all warnings given, may have rip currents, check tide times


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