A number of small south facing beaches are revealed at low tide at the town of St. Mawes (pictured right) . A seasonal pleasure trip service and foot ferry operate between the historic town of Falmouth and St Mawes. There is a dog ban on the beaches that is in operation from April to September. More on St. Mawe's
Situated near St Mawes, Towan Beach is a sand and shingle beach, with rock pools revealed at low tide. This beach should not be confused with Towan Beach, Newquay on the north coast. Towan Beach lies at the southern-most tip of Gerrans Bay near the beaches of Porthbeor and Portscatho that can be reached on foot via the South West Coast Path.
A large and popular south facing family beach of sand,which is operated by the National Trust. Rocks are revealed between Pendower and Carne at low tide. Excellent views over Gerrans Bay to Nare Head on the one side and Portscatho and beyond on the other. Car parking is available at the centre of the beach, where Pendower joins Carne. Refreshments may be had in the hotels at either end of the beach.
Also owned and operated by the National Trust, popular Carne Beach near Veryan is situated at the eastern end of a large sandy beach, which is about 1.5 mile long, between Nare Head and the village of Portscatho. The beach has low soft cliffs and rock pools which have been designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's). The south facing, crescent shaped beach connects with Pendower Beach toward the western end which and becomes considerably rockier further to the west. At high tide only a small fringe of sand is accessible but as the tide recedes there is a large expanse of sand. There is no Lifeguard service. Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on the lead between May and September. More on Carne Beach.
There are two small and secluded beaches of grey stones and sand and rocky outcrops backed by a granite sea wall to serve the two hamlets of East and West Portholland, when the tide is low the beaches are joined to form one stretch of sand. Portholland beach offers safe bathing and rock pools for children to explore. More on Portholland.
Portscatho is a very attractive fishing village in the Roseland Peninsula that has a beach. The beach is made up of mainly rock but there are some sandy patches sprinkled along its length. The beach runs up to Porthcurnick Beach to the North. Parking and toilet facilities are available and are near to the beach. There is a dog ban in effect from April to September. More on Portscatho
Vault beach (pictured right) is a pretty sandy cove scattered with rocks near to Dodman Point. Secluded and rarely busy, the south east facing beach provides a long strip of sand and shingle with rocks at low tide. Access from parking via a 10 minute walk. There are no facilities at the beach. The nearby town of Gorran Haven offers shops, cafés and toilet facilities. The beach is used by naturists
Gorran Haven is an unspoilt coastal village at the heart of which is a cluster of fishermen's cottages, nestling around a secluded cove. There is a wide, attractive east facing beach of sand, Gorran Haven has easy access via a slight incline from the car park. Popular with families due to its safe bathing. The beach is sheltered from the prevailing west winds by Dodman Point and offers safe bathing. More on Gorran Haven.