Porthcurno beach

West Cornwall Beaches

The local beaches were the main reason we moved to west Cornwall.  Hayle, Gwithian and Porthkidney are the ones we go to mostly and regardless of the weather, they have the ability to blow away the cobwebs and clear the mind.

Gwithian Towans

Blasted by the breeze off the Atlantic, the magnificent beach at Gwithian Towans is always a colourful scene of windsurfers on the water and kites in the sky. At low tide there is a vast amount of sand to enjoy and large areas of rock pools and caves are uncovered which are great for kids to explore.

The beach is a favourite destination for surfers as the constant swell coming in from the Atlantic provides good all year round conditions. Common seals are a regular sight near the beach and the area is a breeding ground for colonies of seabirds.  This special area is now protected and maintained by the National Trust and it also means that if you’re National Trust members you can park for free.

Hayle Towans

From our cottages you can be on the white, golden sands of Hayle Towans in under 10 minutes. Just a quick drive down the hill, Park up near the Hayle Lido (free parking) and walk along the Hayle Estuary until you find your perfect spot for the day.

The Hayle Beaches are utterly stunning and often overlooked in favour of their more famous cousins in St Ives. Which in some ways is a blessing for those of us in the know!


Park up by the church in Lelant and walk down the footpath through the golf course to this beach.  Its a bit of a trek to the beach but absolutely worth it.  The view from the path as you wend your way down is one photo opportunity after another and you’ll take twice as long as you need, just stopping and taking photos.

This is such a large beach that its fabulous for beach games, as no matter how busy the season, there’s always plenty of space.

There are so many more beaches to discover and explore in this area, with many being no more than 15 minutes from the cottages.

Even going slightly further afield to the Lizard Peninsula and the pretty Church Cove, or world famous Kynance Cove, or by heading further west towards the gorgeous beaches near Lands End such as Sennan or Porthcurno, will only take you between 30 and 40 minutes.

So you really are very close to some of the best beaches in the world. We provide more details at our properties and intend to write blogs about all the local beaches. So watch this space.