Beaches in Bodmin, Cornwall

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The beach guide has 19 beaches listed in and around the town of Bodmin. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Crinnis Beach - Golf Course (9.5 miles)

    Crinnis Beach - Golf Course © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    A popular sandy beach, over a mile long, backed by cliffs and suitable for families.

  • Carlyon Bay (9.6 miles)

    Carlyon Bay © Steve Daniels | BY-SA

    Carlyon Bay is a popular beach consisting of almost two miles of coarse sand.

    The bay is sometimes regarded as three separate beaches; Crinnis, Shorthorn and Polgaver. Crinnis is the main beach whilst Polgaver, at the far end, was Cornwall's first official nudist beach. However, it seems over recent years naturism appears to be no more…

  • Par Beach (9.1 miles)

    Par © Tony Atkin | BY-SA

    Par is a safe, sandy beach two miles east of Carlyon Bay. Backed by dunes and stretching half a mile, Par is great for swimming and popular with families. There is ample parking, easy access and plenty of facilities.

  • Charlestown Beach (10 miles)

    Charlestown © Smj | BY-SA

    Charlestown has a Georgian harbour that may be recognised from several film and television programmes. A fleet of tall ships currently resides in the harbour. There is a sand and stone beach to the east of the harbour and a small pebble covered beach.

  • Duporth Beach (10.4 miles)

    Duporth Beach © N Chadwick | BY-SA

    Duporth is a privately owned beach between Charlestown and Porthpean. It is open to the public and access is from the coast path or parking at Porthpean.

  • Polkerris Beach (9.8 miles)

    Polkerris © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    Polkerris is a sandy, south-west-facing beach with plenty of facilities, including watersports equipment hire. There is a easy access via a slipway, and a stone quay to provide shelter from the wind.

  • Porthpean Beach (10.7 miles)

    Porthpean © Rod Allday | BY-SA

    Once known for pilchard fishing, Porthpean is now popular among families seeking a safe sheltered beach. The cliffs to the east of this fine sandy beach are extensively used by nesting birds, whilst the rock pools to its west provide ample opportunity for kids to looks for starfish, crabs and shrimp.

  • Tregardock Beach (10.5 miles)

    Tregardock © Derek Harper | BY-SA

    An exposed and secluded rural beach backed by high cliffs and dotted with rocks. All but disappears when the tide comes in.

  • Trebarwith Strand Beach (11.9 miles)

    Trebarwith Strand © Martin Bodman | BY-SA

    Trebarwith Strand is a large, sandy beach a couple of miles south of Tintagel. Backed by cliffs and caves and lying at the bottom of a deep valley, the beach is completely covered for several hours at high tide. Popular with surfers and accessed via a scramble over rocks.

  • Bossiney Haven Beach (13.7 miles)

    Bossiney Haven © Tony Atkin | BY-SA

    A sheltered sandy cove completely covered at high tide.

  • Polridmouth Beach (11 miles)

    Polridmouth Beach © Martin Bodman | BY-SA

    Two secluded sandy beaches which are joined together at low tide. Access is by foot and there are no facilities.

  • Port Isaac Beach (9.4 miles)

    Port Isaac © Richard Law | BY-SA

    Beach / car park / harbour - take your pick Port Isaac has them all rolled into one idyllic little cove. The sand and shingle beach here is flanked on either side by high headlands and backed by one of Cornwall's prettiest little fishing villages. The village practically spills onto the beach and there are…

  • Tintagel Beach (13.5 miles)

    Tintagel © Steve G | BY-SA

    Tintagel is an historic town with a rugged coastline including Tintagel castle, situated on an island linked to shore by a wooden bridge. There is a small cove next to the island which is difficult to access.

  • Readymoney Cove (10.8 miles)

    Readymoney Cove © Chris Downer | BY-SA

    A small sheltered gently sloping sandy beach. It is situated in a cove sheltered by cliffs which open out on to the mouth of the River Fowey Estuary. To the North it is bounded by the medieval part of the Fowey. To the South West is St Catherine's Castle.

  • Pentewan Sands Beach (13.2 miles)

    Pentewan Sands © Robin Lucas | BY-SA

    The sandy beach at Pentewan Sands stretches for over half a mile. Whilst it is open to the public it is in fact owned by the holiday park behind the beach. This doesn't really create any issues, in fact it means the beach is well maintained and there are plenty of facilities at…

  • Lantic Bay (11.5 miles)

    Lantic Bay © Roger Geach | BY-SA

    Lantic Bay is a sheltered, white-sand cove that rarely gets crowded due to being difficult to find and the steep and difficult climb down. 

    Two small National Trust car parks not too far away.

  • Daymer Bay (10.6 miles)

    Daymer Bay © Tony Atkin | BY-SA

    This wide sandy beach sits near the mouth of the Camel estuary opposite Padstow. It is backed by sand dunes and a golf course. Daymer Bay sits in the shelter of Braey Hill, a large grassy hump that sits between here and Rock. Tucked away in the dunes at the foot of Braey…

  • Polzeath Beach (10.9 miles)

    Polzeath © Andy F | BY-SA

    Polzeath is a small seaside resort on the north coast of Cornwall, with a sandy beach that's mostly covered at high tide. Six miles north of Wadebridge, Polzeath beach is popular with both surfers and holidaymakers and can get crowded in summer. Plenty of pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants in the village.

  • Greenaway Beach (11 miles)

    Greenaway Beach © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    A little known cove of sand and rocks situated at Trebetherick near Polzeath. Nearly always quiet as it is largely overlooked in favour of Daymer Bay to the south or Hayle Bay and Polzeath to the north.

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