Cornwall Living 2016

Exploring Cornwall’s secluded beaches

It’s easy to become mesmerised by quaint fishing villages such as Port Isaac and Mevagissey and the golden sands of Watergate Bay or Constantine. But it’s worth making the extra effort to reach some of the region’s remote and secluded beaches.

Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula has always been a highlight of the South West. The dramatic coastal scenery at locations such as Kynance Cove showcases the true beauty of the region. With rocks rising from the azure waters, it is considered one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Just a little further down is Lankidden Cove. This isolated, south-facing beach is accessed from the coastal path; a one-mile track from Kennack Sands. Due to its remoteness, the beach is most tranquil and doesn’t attract crowds. Lankidden, also known as Carrick Luz, is most well-known for its Iron Age Cliff Fort on the headland. If you’re keen to spot wildlife, the Lizard Peninsula is known to attract basking sharks and dolphins.

In the village of Treen, just below Land’s End, is Pedn Vounder Beach. With crystal clear water and a long stretch of sand, this beach is a secluded paradise. It can only be accessed from a steep cliff path; as such, it’s incredibly peaceful and never crowded. If you’re looking for a break in Cornwall away from popular tourist trails, this is the place for you.

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Neighbouring Pedn Vounder is Porthcurno beach. With its soft white sand and turquoise sea, Porthcurno could easily be mistaken for somewhere more exotic. This Cornish gem is popular with families though remains uncrowded. The famous Minack Theatre sits on cliffs nearby.

Travelling along the coast towards Land’s End, you’ll find Nanjizal Beach. This mysterious and enchanting beach is fairly remote and mostly quiet. Home to the ‘Song of the Sea’, a section of rock where the sea has worn through, creating a passageway to the water, Nanjuzal is a mystical part of the coast.

Further up on the north coast of Cornwall is a truly hidden beach near Tintagel, Bossiney Haven. The area is steeped in mythology, with the dramatic cliff top castle said to be built on the site of King Arthur’s castle. Bossiney Haven is a small, sandy, sheltered cove between Tintagel and Boscastle. This stunning beach is completely covered at high tide.

If you’re planning a holiday in Cornwall, holidaycottages.co.uk has over 600 cottages in the region to choose from, including the Lizard Peninsula, Land’s End and Tintagel.

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