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Ruan Lanihorne

Beach Guide

Carne and Pendower ê

Two wide flat sandy beaches with freshwater streams and shallow open water. At high tide they are quite separate but at low tide they combine to create a mile-long stretch of sand and rocks. Easy access with parking and public toilets at both beaches. Child friendly but make sure that toddlers don't toddle too far!


A long expanse of golden sand with rocks and boulders to clamber on. At low tide you can explore the next cove and sea-arch. Our favourite beach. The nearest facilities are 5 mins away at Towan or St.Anthony's Head. Great for quiet seclusion or the slightly older children who can be trusted to be careful on rocks and boulders. Access from the lane by a footpath and a steep NT maintained cliff-path of @80 steps and a short step-ladder.

Porthcurnick (Portscatho/Rosevine) ê

Wide sandy beach with slipway to launch dinghies from the Rosevine side. Toilet facilities just behind the beach, shops in Portscatho. Parking is in the large car park above Portscatho. Access via a footpath and @30 stone steps from Portscatho or by a short slipway from Rosevine. A favourite for families with children of all ages.

Porthluney (Caerhays)

A wide flat safe sandy beach with Caerhays Castle just a couple of hundred yards away. An excellent family beach particularly with very young children. Described as "a lovely place for children" by one of our guests. Easy access and parking.


A small cove with rock pools. Low tide reveals a wide flat sandy beach. A real suntrap. Has limited car parking and toilet facilities nearby in East/West Portholland.

Tattams (Portscatho) ê

Parking and toilet facilities are available within easy reach of the beach which is just below the village. At low tide the beach stretches from the harbour east below the cliffs for several hundred yards. Good for youngsters mixing sand with rocks and tide-pools, easy access to the village.


A long curve of golden sand with clear shallow water even at high tide. Small rock pools and sand-bars at low tide make this a great beach for children learning to swim or just out for a paddle. Views to Nare Head and Killigerran Head. Car park and toilets 150yds from the beach, easy access via footpath across field.

Great Molunan

Tucked in behind St. Anthony's Head, flat golden sands and low cliffs with views across Carrick Roads and the lighthouse. Car-park and toilets at St. Anthony's Head. Yachts may anchor off the beach in Summer and people come ashore in dinghies and canoes. Access is by a moderately steep pathway starting at the entrance to the car park - 5min walk plus a 10ft scramble at the end.

St. Mawes. Tavern & Summers ê

At low tides these are great for children to potter on and explore the rock-pools. Tavern is towards the western end of the village but at low tide there are rocks and pools to explore all the way to the harbour wall. Summers is below the Idle Rocks Hotel and stretches round to the harbour at low tide. Parking and all amenities are in the village, access by stone steps.

St. Just

On the coast-walk between St. Just Church and St. Mawes are two quiet pebble beaches overlooking Mylor and Falmouth. A good spot for a picnic and watching the sailing boats or, occasionally, the cows coming down to stand in the water. What these beaches lack in sand and scenery they make up for in peace and seclusion.

The Roseland


Please Note

ê Dogs on leads from Easter to October.
ê Dogs banned from Easter to October.
●    All other beaches have no dog restrictions.
Please remove any deposits.
There are no lifeguards on the beaches although the RNLI are stationed in Falmouth. We are not aware of any rip-tides or undertow however these may occur during or after heavy weather at any seaside location so please be careful if the water is rough.
Water depths vary considerably with the tide. Rocks and harbour walls should not be used as jumping platforms.