Beaches in Cornwall

With a magnificent coastline of pretty coves and sandy beaches, towering cliffs and friendly seaside towns, there's no better way to enjoy the summer than a coastal camping holiday in Cornwall.

It's the perfect place to experience the great outdoors. Tucked away on England's extreme southwest, this is Daphne Du Maurier country - rich in atmospheric moors, wooded creeks and dramatic clifftops, which never fails to fuel the imagination.

Down by the sea you'll find over 400 beaches dotted around the coastline, ranging from modern classics like Newquay's sandy Fistral Beach, to lesser-known secrets like Duckpool Beach - a cracking spot for rockpooling. With tales of pirates, smugglers and buried treasure floating on the coastal breeze, and with the sparkling sunlight playing tricks on your eyes, you'd be forgiven for wondering... is that merely a cloud in the distance? Or a schooner, sails billowing, disappearing into the shimmering horizon...

If this magical corner of England tickles your fancy, the Camping and Caravanning Club has 4 beach holiday campsites in Cornwall with varying distances to the sea. Below is information on our coastal campsites in Cornwall and some of the best beaches located close by.

Beaches near Bude Club Campsite, Cornwall

Beautifully positioned in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Boscastle and Crackington Haven, there are many wonderful reasons to stay at Bude Campsite. Top of the list is the collection of nearby beaches, which are among some of the best in Cornwall.

Crackington Haven is the nearest main beach, a short 5-minute drive from the site, which is a marvellous shingle cove guarded by lofty cliffs. At low tide many rock pools are exposed along with a lovely stretch of soft sand.

Crooklets Beach, Cornwall

Widemouth Bay is slightly further north, just 10 minutes by car from the campsite, and a popular spot for families and surfers. As its name suggests, Widemouth Bay is a huge gaping beach with a generous expanse of sand at low tide and oodles of rockpools to explore. It's home to various surf schools and offers fantastic conditions to learn or develop your surfing skills.

Other great beaches close to Bude Campsite include Crooklets Beach - another great spot for rock-pooling; the family-friendly Summerleaze Beach just 5 minutes from the centre of Bude, and Duckpool Beach, a quiet hideaway.

Over at Northcott Mouth, where the SS Belem was wrecked in 1917, you'll find a quiet stretch of rocky coast. Described as ruggedly beautiful, this is a glorious spot with no facilities apart from a small National Trust car park. Another quiet beach is Sandymouth Bay, a beautiful stretch with its own waterfall and a higgledy-piggledy path leading down to the sands (not suitable for the less mobile). During the summer season Sandymouth has a small cafe in operation along with toilets and surf hire.

You can find out more about all of these beaches in and around Bude by using the links in the table below.

Beach Name Dog friendly (all year) Suitable Disabled Access Toilets Nearby Car Park Drive from campsite (minutes) Full Listing
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19 Beach CTA
Summerleaze Tick Tick Tick

15 Beach CTA
Sandymouth Tick
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15 Beach CTA
Crackington Haven

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Widemouth Bay Tick
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About Bude Club Campsite


Bude Campsite is a beautiful spot in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering glorious and far-reaching views of the surrounding rolling countryside.

The site is spacious and well-maintained, with excellent facilities including showers, clean toilets, laundry and dishwashing facilities, a small children's play area and a recreation room.

This part of Cornwall is famous for its beaches, and you'll find a lovely walk over fields and stiles from Bude Campsite to sandy Crackington Haven Beach. The long-distance South West Coast Path also crosses nearby, offering endless walking opportunities for campers and their four-legged guests.

The town of Bude is around 9 miles to the north and is a great seaside town with a large sandy beach and a tidal swimming pool.

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Beaches near Sennen Cove Club Campsite, Cornwall
Sennen Cove, Cornwall

Talk about getting away from it all. Sennen Cove Beach is Cornwall's most westerly stretch of coastline near the famous Land's End, located just a few short miles from our Sennen Cove campsite.

It's a huge hit with families, surfers, sun-seekers and sight-seers alike which means it can get busy during peak season, but thanks to its long, sandy beach, seafront shops and dinky harbour, there's always a quiet corner.

It's a real surfing hotspot with fantastic conditions for various levels, complete with lifeguards on the beach in the spring and summer and flagged areas for safe bathing. You'll find a well-equipped seafront village with various amenities including cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops, and a 150-year-old lifeboat station that's open to visitors in summer.

Along the seafront of Sennen Cove beach there are also a number of restaurants, cafes and watering holes to provide food and refreshment for the beach goers. There are also some shops and galleries to meander around whilst taking a break from the beach.

The beach can get very crowded during the peak summer periods, due to it's popularity with surfers and tourists and the fact that the cove is protected by the winds from the Atlantic by The Pedn-men-du.

Beach Name Dog friendly (all year) Suitable Disabled Access Toilets Nearby Car Park Drive from campsite (minutes)
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Sennen Cove
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About Sennen Cove Club Campsite

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Beautifully located on the famous Land's End Peninsula, Sennen Cove Campsite offers magnificent far-reaching views over rolling countryside and across the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.

The site is open and spacious, with superb facilities including a small shop, a laundry area with washing machine and dryer, dishwashing facilities and a shower block. There is also a small children's play area and a field for ball games.

Nearby you'll find the lovely Gwynver Beach, a 25-minute walk away, and a spectacular beach at Sennen Cove itself, around a 45-minute walk from the campsite. From here you can continue onwards along the coastal path to Land's End. There are plenty of local shops and cafes in the area along with tourist attractions such as a 4D film experience and Monsters of the Deep exhibition.

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Beaches near Tregurrian Club Campsite, Cornwall
Watergate Bay, Cornwall

When it comes to great beaches, you've got the cream of the Cornish crop right on your doorstep at Tregurrian Campsite.

Watergate Bay (pictured) is your nearest beach, a pleasant walk less than a mile from the site, and a cracking place for a beach camping holiday. It's a two-mile ribbon of sand sandwiched between Newquay and Padstow, offering everything from surfing and extreme watersports to sandcastles and snoozing.

There are plenty of lessons available along with equipment hire from the local watersports academy, which offers lessons with fully qualified instructors. For those who prefer dry land, Watergate Bay Beach is also home to swish restaurants, cafes and bars along the seafront. Best of all, there is no seasonal ban for dogs - so Fido is always welcome!

Close to Watergate Bay is the family favourite of Mawgan Porth Beach, a large west-facing sandy inlet that's backed by steep rocky cliffs, making it a lovely sheltered spot.

One of Cornwall's best-known stretches of coastline is Fistral Beach (below), Newquay's finest, which offers surfing and watersports galore and a huge sweeping stretch of sand, close to the lively town centre. Other popular Newquay beaches include Great Western Beach, Towan Beach (home to the famous 'Island'), Tolcarne Beach, and the pretty Lusty Glaze Beach - a gorgeous cove with entertainment and activities galore.

Fistral Beach

Porth Beach, located on the northeast outskirts of Newquay, is a great beach for families sporting safe bathing and a vast ocean of sand for beach games and picnics. The surrounding cliffs and headlands provide fantastic scenery.

Another big-hitter is sandy Holywell Bay Beach which, backed by picnic-friendly wispy dunes, is perfect for a family day by the seaside. It's dog-friendly with plenty of wide open spaces, a grotto-like cave and even a shipwreck visible at low tide - a great place to fire up the kids' imagination. Crantock Beach is another popular spot for dogs and families, with a large expanse of dune-backed golden sands. Swimming, snorkelling and surfing are all popular here, with lifeguard cover provided during the summer and local amenities including a cafe and car park.

At the quieter end of the spectrum is pretty Porth Joke Beach, and for serious wow factor, you can't miss Bedruthan Steps Beach. Only accessible at low tide via steep cliff steps, this marvellous corner of the Cornish coast is home to towering granite rocks dotted across the beach that, according to legend, are stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan.

Finally, one of the best beaches near Tregurrian - and easily one of the best in Cornwall - is the marvellous Perranporth Beach. This little beauty is a great place for surfing, snorkelling, watersports, paddling, and general seaside fun. It's a large sandy beach with glorious dunes that's easily accessible from the nearby town, and has plenty of local cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.

Beach Name Dog friendly (all year) Suitable Disabled Access Toilets Nearby Car Park Drive from campsite (minutes)
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Great Western Beach Tick Tick Tick


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Porth Joke Beach

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Mawgan Porth Beach Tick Tick Tick Tick 4 Beach CTA
Towan Beach
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8 Beach CTA
Lusty Glaze Beach

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Holywell Bay Beach Tick Tick Tick Tick 23 Beach CTA
Tolcarne Beach

16 Beach CTA
Crantock Beach Tick
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Porth Beach
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6 Beach CTA
Fistral Beach Tick Tick Tick Tick 17 Beach CTA
Watergate Bay Beach Tick Tick Tick Tick 1 Beach CTA
Perranporth Beach Tick Tick Tick Tick 26 Beach CTA

About Tregurrian Club Campsite


Perfectly located just a short distance from Newquay and within easy reach of Cornwall's best-loved beaches and surfing hotspots, this is a fantastic site for accessing Cornwall's sandy beaches and places of interest.

Take the short walk to Watergate Bay for endless sands and great surf, or head to Newquay's famous Fistral Beach to soak up the town's vibrant appeal and to see extreme sports in action. Other attractions in and around this popular seaside town include Newquay Zoo, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway and the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Tregurrian Campsite is an open, attractive spot with showers, laundry facilities, clean toilets, a washing up area and even a handy wetsuit shower. It's well-maintained with good views and easily accessible, providing a great base from which to explore some of Cornwall's best-loved treasures.

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Beaches near Veryan Club Campsite, Cornwall
Porthluney Beach, Cornwall

Sitting pretty on the Roseland Peninsula near Cornwall's stunning south coast, Veryan Campsite is within easy reach of a beautiful collection of beaches.

The closest is Pendower Beach, a lovely rugged stretch of sand that joins with Carne Beach at low tide, both of which are owned by the National Trust. These two lovely beaches feature all the greats including grassy dunes, flat sands, rockpools and dramatic cliffs, complete with refreshments at the nearby seafront hotels.

Porthluney Beach (pictured), also known as Porthluney Cove Beach, is a popular family spot fronting Caerhays Castle and Gardens - a great place to visit, by the way. It's privately owned and very well maintained, with gorgeous golden sands and plenty of space for beach games and picnics. There's a car park right by the beach and a seasonal cafe with toilet facilities.

Hemmick Beach, a 10-15 minute drive from Veryan Campsite, is a lovely sandy beach that's well hidden from tourists and generally considered a secret gem. It's accessed via a steep track leading down from a small car park, which makes access difficult, but once at sea level there is a wonderful network of tiny coves, outcrops and rockpools to explore.

Beach Name Dog friendly (all year) Accessible Toilets Nearby Car Park Drive from campsite (minutes)
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Carne Beach Tick Tick Tick Tick 19 Beach CTA
Porthluney Beach Tick Tick Tick Tick 10 Beach CTA
Hemmick Beach Tick

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Pendower Beach Tick

10 Beach CTA

About Veryan Club Campsite


Occupying an enviable location on Cornwall's stunning Roseland Peninsula, Veryan really is the cream of the camping crop. It's a quiet secluded site with glorious rural views, and the perfect spot for enjoying the coast and countryside of England's stunning southwest.

Pretty Pendower Beach is just a couple of miles away and the famous South West Coast Path crosses nearby, offering mile upon mile of hiking and dog-walking along well-trodden trails. There are plenty of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants nearby, while the seaside town of Falmouth can be accessed by foot ferry from St Mawes or by car on the King Harry Ferry.

On site you'll find a well-kept area with excellent facilities including clean toilets, showers, washing up and laundry facilities. There is a small lake, an adjacent field for ball games and a TV room. There are local markets in Truro twice a week and a variety of local stores selling fresh produce from the area.

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