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Best hidden beaches to visit in Cornwall this summer

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track beaches scattered across Cornwall.

Cornwall is one of the most visited places in the UK, especially in the Summer! COVID-19 lockdowns increased the amount of people who visited during the sunny season, and they just can't keep aware (and who would blame them!).

However, even the majority of the tourists flock to the same beaches, we have discovered 10 of the best hidden beaches to visit in Cornwall this summer.

1) Crackington Beach

This secluded beach is quite stony, but there is some sand, so if you're looking for a 100% sandy beach you might want to keep scrolling. When the tides out there are loads of rock pools to explore and it is definitely a safe swimming area. Keep your eyes peeled as there's also some cool wildlife to discover!

2) Benoath Cove

An amazing beach with multiple different caves which you can take a look at. Each cave is unique and exciting to explore. We recommend to check tide times when visiting at its best to arrive at low tide, and it's also quite tricky to get down too so keep this in mind before visiting.

3) Tregardock Beach

A challenging journey brings you to this secluded beach. It is only accessible by a challenging footpath and we don't recommend it for anybody with mobility issues. Again with the above beach, we recommend visiting at low tide as if visiting at high tide they'll be no beach to visit! The walk back up is more difficult so don't ware yourself out too much.

4) Trevone Bay

You definitely have to visit this beach if you're in the area, as its nicknamed 'The Best Beach in Cornwall'. It's a stunning sandy beach with plenty to do and loads of rock pools to jump in and explore. It's also a perfect suntrap for those looking to get a bit of Vitamin D too.

5) Fox Cove

This secluded cove offers a small beach at low tide & scenic water views. Before visiting we definitely recommend checking out the tide times as it comes in very quickly here. A good spot for photographers looking for some new snaps for their portfolio.

6) Pentire Steps Beach

A gorgeous beach to visit to escape the crowds at Bedruthan Steps. It can be quite dangerous to get down to the beach due to the bad conditions of the steps so please be careful. Apart from that, it's definitely worth visiting if you're looking for some peace and quiet whilst topping up your Vitamin D levels.

7) Poly Joke Beach

Poly Joke Beach is a remote beach that's always quieter than the other nearby beaches around it. It's about a 10-15 minute walk from the nearest car park but once you're there its definitely worth it. Also, for those who have fluffy companions, it is also a dog-friendly beach.

8) Menabilly Beach

A lovely secluded beach which most people don't know about. It offers spectacular scenery and a pleasant walk along the coast path. Menabilly Beach is perfect for those who love swimming and want to enjoy a nice peaceful day at the beach.

9) Porthluney Bay

A beach described as 'magical', Porthluney Bay should absolutely be on your Cornwall beach visit list. It's a dog friendly beach, and has lots of caves and rock pools for the kids to explore. If you want to make a day off it, you may as well visit Caerhays Castle too.

10) Flushing Beach

A gorgeous beach at low tide, and no beach at high tide - so check tide times before visiting! It's a nice quiet beach to visit to escape the tourists of Cornwall, which you can also hire paddle-boards for a bit of fun.

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the less known beaches which are scattered around Cornwall. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Cornwall trip even more memorable!

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