Pentewan Sands

Pentewan Sands - Cornwall
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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 hand.

Pentewan faces east into St Austell Bay and is generally pretty sheltered from the wind and waves. This makes it a great spot for a variety of watersports, although there aren’t any lifeguards on duty here.

At the northern end of the beach is Pentewan village with its old harbour. Despite the harbour being silted up and effectively cut off from the sea it is still a fascinating place to look around.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed from 1st April to 1st November.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Slipway

Nearest town

St Austell


PL26 6BT

OS grid ref.

SX 0193 4683


There is a large pay car park at the rear of the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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