Our favourite thing to do whilst at Garden Cottage is to explore as many beaches as possble and we are still finding new ones every time we visit. There are golden sandy beaches, rocky beaches and plenty of 'secret' beaches all within walking distance of Garden Cottage plus loads more within short driving distance. We have listed a few of our favourite local beaches below to get you started on your beach adventures!
A large secluded bay with beautiful golden sand when tide is out and spectacular rocks to climb accross. Ideal for families & dogs on leads a great place for sea swimming. Two excellent cafes, one on the beach and the other up the hill with specatular vews. Kayak hire available from Talland Beach Cafe. Great for snorkling on a clear day you are guaranteed to see plenty of fish! Loads of rock pools to explore. Aapproximately 3 miles from Polperro. You can walk from Garden Cottage accross the coastal path which takes about 30 minutes or drive in 10 minutes, parking available. A truely unspoilt example of Cornish coastline and a must visit at any time of the year!
Whitsand Bay Beach offers three miles of stunning beach from Rame Head to Portwrinkle and is considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. Four golden sand beaches backed by sheer cliffs combine to create stunning scenery. Reached by steep paths and steps , at low tide the long stretch of glistening sand provides some great walking or jogging and the constant swell keeps surfers happy riding some huge waves. It is roughly a half an hour drive from Garden Cottage.
Looe beach is situated at the end of Looe town the other side of the sea wall to the entry to the estuary and harbour. Lovely goldan sandy beach whihc attracts lots of families and visitors in the summer months. Plenty of ammenities, cafes, beach shops ice cream, life boat station all just minutes away. Bouncy castle and a couple of rides in the summer time. Natural sea water swimming pool at low tide and a good place to venture into the sea for a dip. Easy parking in Looe car park. Just a 10 minute drive from Garden Cottage or for the seasoned walkers a good 1-2 hour treck along the stunning coastal path from the cottage.
Polperro beach is a small sandy beach the on the ouside of the harbour wall. It's only 3 minutes walk from Garden Cottage so a perfect place to go at anytime of the day and in any season. Dogs are allowed all year round and it is very child friendly with easy acceess down from the harbour wall steps. At low tide there is a jetty where boat trips depart from daily in the summer months. There is a cave to explore and rocks to adventure accross. Up over the cliff there is a sea water pool for a more adventurous swim. The Blue Peter Pub is just seconds away which serves drinks and food all year long.
If you’re up for a bit of a hike then Lantic Bay will reward you with one of the most stunning locations in Cornwall without a doubt. Use the NT car park a mile east of Polruan near Fowey about a 30 minute drive from Garden Cottage. Take the well-marked footpath across the road and into a field. The great reveal is made as you walk over the brow of the hill, and there below you is a sand and shingle beach in a cove cut into towering cliffs smothered with gorse and windswept hawthorns. The trek down to the beach is steep and takes around 20 minutes so take your time and enjoy the view.
Once you reach the shoreline, just stretch out on the beach, look skywards and daydream - it’s that kind of place. Or gather some driftwood, light a fire and crack open a bottle of wine. For romantic souls it’s perfect, if you want some “me” time it feels suitably remote and for active kids it’s a real adventure.