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Beaches

The Roseland Peninsula – one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets

Escape from the crowds on the North Coast and enjoy seclusion and serenity.  Peaceful and family friendly, Roseland beaches are without many of the social amenities that are seen at the larger resorts.  Yet this only adds to the charm and uniqueness.  Many of the beaches are dog friendly all year round, but some will place restrictions during the summer season.  We do advise that you check before travelling.

Beaches on the Roseland Peninsula (alphabetical order):

Carne BeachCarne Beach – Veryan: Owned & operated by the National Trust.  Carne is a huge sandy beach about 1 mile long.  The section of beach to the west becomes Pendower Beach.  At low tide walk from one beach to the other. Pendower Beach – Between Portscatho & Veryan: Located along the same stretch as Carne Beach, and also operated by the National Trust.

Toilets – Car Parking – No dog ban on these beaches

Porthcurnick BeachPorthcurnick Beach – Rosevine/Portscatho: This beach is owned and operated by the National Trust.  The beach is wide and sandy with a number of rock pools.  Here you will find the popular ‘Hidden Hut’.  Access to the beach is across the cliff and down some steps.  Disabled access via Rosevine where there is a slipway.

Toilets – Pay & Display Car Park – No dog ban on this beach

St Mawes Beaches - The RoselandSummers & Tavern Beach – St Mawes: These beaches are fairly small but still good for swimming and sunbathing.  Beaches are in the heart of St Mawes so all the pubs, cafes and restaurants are close by.

Toilets – Pay & Display Car Park – Dog ban in place from Easter to October

Tattums & Porth Beach - PortscathoTatams & Porth Beach – Portscatho: Made up of both rocks and sand.  At high tide you cannot access this beach. Walk along to Porthcurnick over the rocks at low tide.  Tatams cafe at the slipway.

Toilets – Pay & Display Car Park – Dog ban from Easter to October

Towan BeachTowan Beach – Between Portscatho & St Anthony: This beach is owned and operated by the National Trust.  A long and spacious sandy beach with a number of rock pools.

Toilets – Pay & Display Car Park – No dog ban on this beach

There are no lifeguards on any of the Roseland beaches.  Exercise some degree of caution when swimming as the sea in Cornwall can be very unpredictable.

Cliff Dangers

Popular coastal paths and headland walks present great opportunities for walking and enjoying the scenery.  There is always danger from coastal erosion, falling rocks and from the risks of falling over the cliff edges (advise to keep dogs on a lead). 

The South West Coast Path is maintained to reduce these risks.  Care should still be taken, especially in poor visibility.  Alert the Coastguard Service in the event of danger to life – call 999 and ask for Coastguard or Ambulance as required. (Provided by Visit Cornwall)

For further information on all of Cornwall’s beaches head to: