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32 Hidden Gems to explore in Cornwall to escape the crowds

Updated: Jan 2

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


Welcome to the enchanting world of Cornwall, a land filled with hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Nestled on the southwestern coast of England, Cornwall is a captivating destination that offers a treasure trove of breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and charming coastal villages.


These hidden gems range from secret waterfalls located in hidden gorges (that you can even swim in!) to secluded beaches to escape the mass amount of tourists all heading to the same well-known beaches in Cornwall.


In this article, we share the 32 best hidden gems in Cornwall which you need to add to your Cornwall bucket list this year!


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Beaches in Cornwall


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 checking 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.


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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 there'll be no beach to visit! The walk back up is more difficult so don't wear yourself out too much.



4) 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.


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5) 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.


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) 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.


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8) 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.



9) 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.


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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.


11) Hemmick Beach


Tucked away near Gorran Haven, Hemmick Beach offers a peaceful and secluded escape. This sandy beach is nestled between rolling green cliffs and offers a sheltered spot for sunbathing or picnicking. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, take a dip in the refreshing waters, and soak up the natural beauty of this hidden gem.



Portheras Cove is a secluded gem on the rugged North Cornwall coast. Accessible via a scenic coastal path, this unspoiled beach boasts rugged cliffs, sparkling turquoise waters, and golden sands. It's a haven for nature lovers, offering a peaceful retreat and the opportunity to spot seals, seabirds, and other wildlife.


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Waterfalls in Cornwall



The Golitha Falls are a gorgeous place to walk and admire these amazing waterfalls. There is a long path which visitors can walk around which meanders around the woodland, streams and rocks. You can also find some cool old mine workings and shafts nearby.



A beautiful adventurous trail which rewards visitors with an amazing waterfall. It's safe to say this is Cornwall's most unspoilt hidden corner. To explore the whole trail you are probably looking at around 1 to 2 hours, however please bare in mind that there is a small entrance fee to gain access to this site.




Visitors can have a gorgeous day at this secluded beach, but at the same time be rewarded with this gorgeous hidden gem of a waterfall! It's a small picturesque waterfall which can be admired at the back of the beach, which actually used to power a small mill.


Image of Lansallos Waterfall in Cornwall


Kennall Vale Nature Reserve is a beautiful woodland walk which features old ruins from the gun powder factory which has been left to nature. There are plenty of waterfalls to see, some small and some fast flowing.



This hidden gem is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. Once you get to the waterfalls the scenery around them are amazing! However, we would recommend visiting after heavy rainfall otherwise they'll only be a trickle, and it is quite steep to get too.



Tintagel Castle is a stunning place especially when the weather is on the good side. However, what most people don't realise is that theres an amazing hidden waterfall tucked away! Look towards the beach and you'll see the waterfall flowing down.


Image of Tintagel Castle Waterfall in Cornwall


Tregardock Beach is a secluded beach in Cornwall which rarely has visitors. However, the visitors that turn up don't even discover the hidden waterfall located here! It's located at the northern end of the beach and cascades over the mouth of a shallow cave.



Luxulyan Valley is a paradise for all waterfall lovers. It's full of waterfalls, and depending on how far you'd like to explore and walk, the length will be around 4 to 6 miles.


Luxulyan Valley is not only for waterfall lovers; it's also amazing for woodland and industrial archaeology. It has a variety of ecologies; from sandy heath to damp boggy marsh, in which it provides a changing display of flora in the verges.


More Hidden Gems in Cornwall


25) Trebah Garden


Nestled on the banks of the Helford River, Trebah Garden is a hidden paradise in Cornwall. This sub-tropical garden boasts vibrant blooms, ancient trees, and a tranquil atmosphere. Stroll through winding paths, explore the fern-filled valleys, and discover the enchanting water garden with its picturesque waterfall and secluded beach.


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26) Tintagel Castle


Steeped in Arthurian legend, Tintagel Castle is perched dramatically on the North Cornwall coast. This mediaeval fortress, with its ruins and breathtaking cliff-top location, evokes a sense of mystery and history.


27) The Lost Gardens of Heligan


This enchanting estate features walled gardens, a jungle-like tropical valley, ancient woodlands, and a charming pleasure garden. Discover hidden sculptures, the iconic Mud Maid, and immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of this remarkable garden.


Image of The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall

28) Godrevy Head


Godrevy Head offers breathtaking vistas of rugged cliffs, golden sands, and the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse perched on a small island. Watch as waves crash against the rocks, spot seals basking on the shoreline, and enjoy scenic coastal walks that reveal the true majesty of the Cornish coastline.


29) Wheal Coates


A picturesque remnant of Cornwall's mining heritage, Wheal Coates is an iconic tin mine perched on the cliffs near St Agnes. The ruins stand as a testament to Cornwall's rich mining history, while the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline create a dramatic backdrop.


30) Botallack Mine


Another significant mining site in Cornwall, Botallack Mine is renowned for its stunning cliff-side location and striking engine houses. The rugged landscape and crashing waves create a dramatic setting, showcasing the area's industrial past.


Image of Botallack Mine in Cornwall

31) The Minack Theatre


The Minack Theatre is an open-air amphitheatre carved into the cliffs above Porthcurno Beach. With the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, the Minack Theatre hosts a variety of performances against this dramatic natural stage.


32) Kynance Cove


Kynance Cove is a hidden gem on the Lizard Peninsula, famous for its crystal-clear waters, dramatic cliffs, and golden sands. As you descend down the winding path, you'll be greeted by a secluded beach with striking rock formations and caves to explore.


Image of Kynance Cove in Cornwall

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are scattered across Cornwall. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your adventure across Cornwall even more memorable!


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