Beaches of the Roseland

Beaches of the Roseland

With the origins of its name relating to the Cornish word for promontory, “ros”, the Roseland Peninsula is a peaceful haven all but surrounded by the sea. Crisscrossed by Cornish hedging and winding country lanes, peppered with nostalgic villages and etched with rocky coves and sandy swathes, it is a real paradise that lends itself perfectly to serene, crowdless escapes.

Whether you are looking for somewhere quiet to glean artistic inspiration, sit back with a book, or reenergise with unforgettable activities or shoreside walks with your pup, the Roseland’s patchwork of beaches is sure to delight. Dotted around the cragged edges of the peninsula, bowing down to the tranquillity of the Carrick Roads and might of the sea, you can take your pick of postcard-worthy scenes and… relax.

Beaches of the Roseland

Carne Beach

Joining up with neighbouring Pendower at low tide, Carne Beach becomes one of the Roseland’s largest beaches. Providing ample space to spread out your towel and play games on the sand, it’s a firm favourite. There’s also a cool restaurant above the beach called the Quarterdeck Restaurant.

Porthbean Beach

Porthbean translates as “little bay”, which is exactly what it is. Off the beaten track, with no parking, lifeguard or comfort facilities, this is exactly the place to go if you are looking for somewhere to enjoy all to yourself. Great news for pups, it’s also dog friendly year-round.

Porthcurnick Beach

Just a pebble’s skim from Portscatho, Porthcurnick Beach is a popular family beach. If you can find parking in the village, the beach is a welcome sight with its powder-fine sands and crystal-clear water. Adding to its popularity, the beach also benefits from the presence of the Hidden Hut – a superb beachside café that hosts incredible feast nights in the summer.

Towan Beach

A real locals’ favourite, the east-facing Towan Beach is deceptively spacious and rarely crowded. Accessed via a short walk from the parking area at Porth Farm, its sand and pebble underbelly is met by lucid seas. Head over for a spectacular sunrise or evening barbecue and enjoy the atmosphere.

St Anthony’s Beach

Just around the corner from St Anthony lighthouse is St Anthony’s beach. A hidden cove peppered with rock pools, this one is a real gem if you have your own boat and can moor up. Just remember to pack a blanket or two and bottle of fizz on ice!

Little & Great Molunan Beaches

The Molunan beaches are picturesque coves tucked away in the shelter of St Anthony Head. Overlooked by the lighthouse and with sweeping views across the water to Pendennis Castle and Falmouth town, they are accessed via a fairly steep descent from the coast path. Find a spot to settle down and watch life on the water, tracing boats sailing in out of Falmouth docks, Mylor and St Mawes.

Summer Beach

Dubbed the capital of the Roseland, the quaint streets of St Mawes lead down to the sea. Slip off your shoes and dip your toes in the water of Summer Beach and skim stones across the glassy surface. South-facing, this beach is available for all-day relaxing and is only a short walk from the town’s renowned restaurants and bars.

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