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Albert Quay, Fowey, Cornwall

10 Of The Best Beaches

Posted on Sat, 6 Mar, 2021 in General

Local Beach Guide

Beach Guide

Inside Fowey Harbour


1 - Carne Beach, straight across the water from our Albert Quay office and frequently visited by the crew on evening paddles, you get the best view of the sunsetting behind Fowey Town. Mid tides are best as the top half is very sandy with the bottom half very rocky.


2 - Readymoney, the jewel in the crown of Fowey beaches. a protected sheltered cove, with steep sides protect this lovely little beach. Which sits just inside the Harbour entrance. Golden sand and a buoyed of swim zone (no motorboats) makes this a haven when the sunshines. 


3 -  Boy’s & Girl’s Beach, across the water opposite to Readymoney on the Polruan shore. You will find two tiny coves with beaches that get bigger as the tide falls away. Only accessible by the water, you wont find big crowds on these. Can you tell us which one is Boy's and which one is Girl's ?


4 - Whitehouse Beach, back in the day this was the beach to be on with a tidal pool and plenty of rocks, platforms or the peir to jump in to the river from. Unfortunately times have changed. No more jumping from the pier and the tidal pool has fallen into a state disrepair. A restoration project is underway and the vibe is that the area will be back to its former glory very soon. A lovely sandy beach with great panoramic views across the harbour.   


5 - Polruan Beaches, either side of the Quay are front and back beach. Super popular with residents and visitors to Polruan, a hive of activity and the hang out spot in the early evening’s. Children playing in the water with their parents propping up the railings with refreshments from the conveniently located pubs that overlook the quay and beach.


Outside the Harbour, only accessible on our Rib Seafari.  


6 - Lantic Bay, without doubt one of the best beaches in the Uk as frequently featured in magazines and articles. A hidden gem looked after by the national trust. This is not a tourist beach, you can’t park next to it or pick up an ice-cream or visit a toilet. Lantic bay is rugged and remote with a notoriously steep and tricky path leading down to the beach, best visited by boat. When the sunshines the water’s are crystal clear like Gin with white sandy beaches. Cornwall’s version of the Maldives.


7 - Carlyon Bay, a two mile stretch of beach set in the heart of St Austell bay. Made up of 3 smaller beaches Crinnis, Shorthorn and Polgave. Deep soft sand with picture perfect views over the bay. It has been under development for the last 20 years with all of the old buildings demolished and delays in construction of a new village. The beach plays host to several pop up cafe’s and activity providers over the summer months. 


8 - Polkerris, a picturesque tiny beach protected by a harbour wall. A good pub, restaurant and cafe cater for all your needs. One of the best places to watch the sunset on the south coast of Cornwall. Beware it can be exceptionally busy in peak summer. 


9 - Silvermine beach, Another hidden gem, tucked away in a sheltered corner of St Austell Bay. A pebbled beach with a waterfall that is completely isolated. Think Greek island paradise! Access is limited to those that come from the water. Not so good for the sunsets as this falls behind you.  


10 - Polridmouth Cove, a sheltered cove that spilts into two beaches at high tide. On the low tides it forms one big beach with sandbars that can create tidal lagoons. Turquoise water, golden sand magnificent views towards the Gribben and daymark. Best visited by boat or can be reached by the coast path. No facilities and loses the sun in the early evening.

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