Beautiful Cornwall-Top 5 beaches to visit
Its been a little while since I updated the blog, I like to call it a work in progress!! Here at The Lady Mildred HQ, I’ve been as busy as a bee and have been working my little socks off to get every order out on time.
Of course, part of my job involves a fair bit of beach combing for pebbles, driftwood and sea glass and I am lucky enough to have access to some of the most outstanding beaches, right here on my doorstep.
What is it about Cornwall that charms the heart? Well, for me its everything!!! Cornwall has the whole package, from beautiful little coves and inlets, where the water laps gently on the shore to dramatic cliff faces where the foamy sea pounds unforgivingly against the eerie blackness of the rock. A spectacular sight to behold and a front row view of one of Mother Nature’s best performances.
Being a peninsular, Cornwall has more coastline than any other county in Britain which means there’s not far to travel across county from coast to coast. Great for us sea glass hunters who prefer to forage during and after an onshore breeze. Below are my top five Cornish beaches that have a little something special for everyone.
Around three miles east of Lands end, Porthcurno bay lies on the south coast of Cornwall and is probably one of the most photographed beaches in the world! Head up along the cliffs by The Minack Theatre for some show stopping views of crystal-clear aqua water that could be the backdrop for any movie or glossy holiday magazine. It’s not surprising Porthcurno is defined as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoyed by tourists, walkers and ramblers alike, Porthcurno certainly has the wow factor.
Situated on the dramatic north coast, Godrevy enjoys a three-mile expanse of golden sand and is owned by The National Trust. With its surrounding cliffs, sand dunes and wildflowers, Godrevy is popular with surfers, kite flyers and nature watchers. Commanding great views of St Ives bay and of course the charming Godrevy lighthouse, this expansive beach offers something for everyone. Grab your camera and head up the coastal path across Mutton Cove to see the resident grey seal colony basking in the sunshine.
A bustling little 16th century harbour village on the north coast of Cornwall attracting visitors from across the world. Boscastle is nestled within in a narrow ravine and has some of the prettiest whitewashed stone cottages. The unaltered Elizabethan quay helps defend the harbour, which prior to the invention of the railways was a hive of activity, albeit dangerous, for incoming trade boats and vessels. A unique feature of Boscastle is the blow hole under Penally point known as Devils Bellows. When conditions are right, either side of low tide, a dramatic waterspout shoots up across the harbour entrance. Boscastle is also home to a quirky little museum of witchcraft and magic.
A popular beach with tourists and surfers, Perranporth enjoys a 2-mile-long stretch of golden sand, fine cliffs and little hidden caves. There are extensive sand dunes which are a haven for wildlife, flora and fauna. A bustling seaside resort for families with interesting rock formations to the southern side makes Perranporth a great all-rounder.
Situated three miles south-west of Falmouth and neighbouring Swanpool and Gyllyngvase beaches, Maenporth beach is gently shelving and has magnificent rock pools to explore. Nestled between two headlands, Maenporth is afforded good shelter and accessibility. A popular beach for small craft boats, dinghies and kayaks. Great for summer evening picnics, barbeques and beach games.
Of course, Cornwall has many charming beaches and coves, it is challenging to narrow it down to a few. Wherever you stay in Cornwall, you won’t be far from a glorious beach that’s for sure.
Despite our blue flag beaches and areas of natural beauty, Cornwall is not immune from the devastating epidemic of ocean pollution. Join me next time for a discussion about beach pollution and the war on plastic.