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Ruan Lanihorne


The beaches are some of the finest in Cornwall with many rocks and tide-pools to explore. Most shelve gently into shallow clear water. Several have parking and toilets nearby. Others are less accessible and all the more pristine.  We cant include them all but some of our favourites are shown below. There is more information on beaches, access and safety on our Beach Guide.

Porthbeor & CliffsSeals and dolphins visit many of the beaches and coves particularly along the coast from Portscatho to St Anthony's Head. Porthbeor is a wide stretch of sand accessed by a steep cliff-path of about 60 steps (don't try to get the baby-buggy down here). However it is well worth the effort since it is one of the best beaches in the Roseland.


TowanTowan is a wide flat curve of sand in the lee of Killigerran Head. Access is gained along a short grass track from the NT car-park 150yds away. There is a toilet and fresh water at the head of the path. The tide has deposited a sand-bar just offshore making it shallow for some distance. Ideal for young children or less confident swimmers.

Towan beach looking east with Nare head on the horizon

Surfers race for the water in the evening sun & sprayCarne and Pendower are separate beaches at high water but when the tide recedes, they form a mile-long sand beach shelving into shallow water which is great for swimming and paddling. On windy or rougher days they are a favourite for kite-surfers, wind-surfers, surf-canoes etc.

Low tide and strong winds at Carne & Pendower