Beaches in St Austell, Cornwall

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The beach guide has 4 beaches listed in and around the town of St Austell. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Porthpean Beach (1.1 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.

  • Duporth Beach (1 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.

  • Charlestown Beach (1 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.

  • Carlyon Bay (1.9 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…

St Austell beaches map

Map featuring St Austell beaches. Click on pins to view beach details