Pedn Vounder, near Porthcurno
Once you’ve braved the knee-wobbling descent you can bare all on this white-sand beach with an iridescent-blue lagoon. An unofficial naturist beach backed by towering cliffs, this beauty spot is made for skinny-dipping, snorkelling and basking on sugary sands.
Gwenver, near Sennen Cove
To the east of Sennen Cove, the rugged, more secluded Gwenver beckons serious beach lovers to sprawl on the sand, scramble over wave-hewn boulders and dip in unforgiving waves.
Porthkidney Sands, near St Ives
Escape the bucket and spade brigades and sneak through the sand dunes to Porthkidney beach. Untouched by the masses that descend on neighbouring Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay, this mile of dune-backed beach is often deserted other than a handful of dog walkers; which is why the locals have dubbed it ‘Happy Dog Beach’.
Durgan, near Falmouth
Tumble through the sub-tropical jungle of Glendurgan Garden and you will emerge on this tranquil crescent of shingle and sand, where there is very little to do other than spot birds, skim stones and watch sailing boats bobbing along the Helford River.
Duckpool, near Bude
At the foot on the Coombe Valley – north of Bude’s busier beaches – awaits a wilder, more desolate coastline where you will find Duckpool. Vast cliffs collapse into a rocky beach and, eventually, pockets of sand where there are no tourist trappings except for a seasonal ice cream van.
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