Take a Winter Walk Along Whitsand Bay
There are fewer things in life more relaxing than taking a leisurely stroll along a quiet beach. While Cornish beaches are usually packed with holidaymakers in the summer with the sound of children playing and people splashing around in the sea, during the winter they fall silent apart from the gentle lapping of waves against the shoreline and the occasional seagull flying overhead. If you seek peace and tranquility, a stroll along an empty beach can truly lift your spirits.
Three Miles of Golden Sandy Beaches
One of South East Cornwall’s finest beaches is Whitsand Bay, three miles of golden sandy beaches broken up with the occasional rockpool, backed by sheer cliffs, stretching from Portwrinkle to Rame Head and only a 15 minute drive from Crylla Valley. Whitsand Bay comprises of several beaches including Portwrinkle, Tregantle Beach, Tregonhawke, Freathy and Polhawn. During the summer you have to be an early riser to get parking along Whitsand Bay as the beaches are extremely popular with both holidaymakers and locals alike, however during the winter you shouldn’t have any problem at all finding a space. There are several dedicated car parks as well as the occasional lay-by along the coastal clifftop road.
Accessing The Beach
The easiest way to access Whitsand Bay is via Tregantle Fort, although occasionally this route is closed to the public, indicated by a locked steel gate and red flag. If the gate is open and the red flag isn’t flying you are free to make your way down to the beach, and while it is one of the easiest routes down to the beach it is still a fairly steep walk down, so make sure you’re wearing some suitable footwear. It is worth the trek though as once you reach the beach you are presented with a vast expanse of golden sand set against a dramatic backdrop of high, jagged cliffs.
Tregantle Beach is approximately one mile long when the tide is out, and makes for a perfect walk from one end of the beach to the other and back. If you time it right you can feel like you’ve found your own desert island.