The Beaches Near Number 7

“Number 7” has the most perfect location for exploring the beautiful and wild coastline of the Lizard Peninsula as well as the serene and peaceful beauty of the Helford Estuary…

Hidden Coves, Swimming Spots, Family beaches, and the beautiful Helford Estuary….

A treasure trove of stunning coastal landscapes, here are just some of the sandy bays, glorious coves, or quaint Cornish fishing villages you can explore from Number 7 (Click on the beach names to see more information about them):

Porthoustock Beach – 2.7 miles Secluded Gem and Clear Waters. Dog-friendly pebbly beach with a small area of sand at low tide. Another great beach for swimming (although no lifeguard cover, so do take care). Offering clear waters and a tranquil environment, it provides a serene escape. Home to the lovely Fat Apples Cafe.
Gillan Cove and Flushing Cove – 1.7 miles to small layby and then a walk. Two hidden havens. Beautiful little coves at the entrance to the Helford Estuary. They offer a quiet and pristine setting far from the crowds. Dog-friendly all year. No lifeguard. Neither has parking but can be approached on foot from the coastal path, a nearby layby or a 2.5-mile walk from Number 7 itself. Popular for watersports. Absolute must-visit coves if staying at Number 7.
Porthallow Beach – 2.2 miles A quiet fishing village with crystal clear waters. This pebbly beach is dog friendly all year round and makes a wonderful spot for swimming (although no lifeguards, so do take care). Parking directly on the foreshore. Home to the Five Pilchards Inn.
Bosahan Cove – 4 miles This enchanting dog-friendly cove is a true “hidden” gem – only accessed on foot or by boat. Not Lifeguarded, but dog friendly all year. Beautiful walk through Bosahan estate and stunning crystal clear waters in a sheltered area of the Helford Estuary.
Coverack Cove – 3.1 miles – Serenity on the Eastern Coast of the Lizard. A pretty sand and pebble fishing village. Popular with families and swimmers. One of the safest beaches on the Lizard to swim (depending on the conditions), due to the sheltered nature of the bay. Lifeguarded in summer. Dog-friendly all year. Toilets and several eateries.
Godrevy Cove 1.6 miles to nearest parking. Not to be mistaken for Godrevy Beach near Hayle. This is another hidden gem. Dog-friendly all year. Not Lifeguarded. You have to make an effort to walk down to this beach – but it is worth it! Darkish sand which is fairly coarse with beautifully clear water.
Ponsence Cove – 4 miles Another stunning “hidden gem” on the banks of the Helford Estuary. Crystal clear waters and utter seclusion. Accessed via a good walk, swim, SUP or by boat. Dog-friendly all year. The walk through the Bosahan estate is well worth it. No facilities apart from peace and tranquillity!
Helford Village- 3.9 miles A picture postcard stunning village where no traffic is allowed. The lovely Shipwrights Inn sits on the banks of the shoreline. So many stunning walks and ways to access the water from this point. Parking in a field overlooking the estuary with a lovely cafe. From Helford you can also take the ferry across to Helford Passage.
Helford Passage beach – Across the opposite side of the Helford. Can be accessed via the Ferry from Helford Village or a wonderful swim across from Helford (tide, conditions and capability allowing). Here you can find the Ferry Boat Inn on the waters edge and watersports hire / facilities etc.
Poldhu Cove – 8.6 miles A favourite for families, swimmers and surfers. West facing with golden sands. Seasonally lifeguarded, family-friendly beach with good access from a car park. Very popular for playing in the surf. A great cafe open pretty much all year round, and toilets. Partial dog restrictions 10am-6pm July – August.
Kynance Cove – 10 miles The legendary Kynance Cove. Amazing area to explore on foot or the water. A 10-minute walk from National Trust Car Park and accessed by steep steps. Swimmers take note that it is not lifeguarded at any point of the year. Best to take local advice before exploring these stunning waters. Partial dog restrictions in place. Great to explore out of season to avoid the crowds.
Kennack Sands – 7.5 miles Two popular sandy beaches with swimmers, walkers and families. Clear water and seasonal Lifeguards. Partial dog restrictions 10am – 6pm July-August. Parking and cafe. Top tip is to walk to the bit of beach furthest from the car park – over the hill. This tends to be quieter.
Cadgwith Cove – 7.5 miles Traditional Cornish fishing village. No lifeguards. Partial dog restrictions 10am-6pm July-Aug.
Gunwalloe Church Cove – 10.5 miles A popular family beach. Lifeguarded in the summer. Partial dog restrictions 10am-6pm July-August. Large NT car park and cafe and toilet facilities nearby.
Mullion Cove – 8.9 miles Dog friendly all year. Head here at low tide to get the best of the little beach area within the harbour walls.

The serene Helford Estuary….

Nestled within the most magical corner of Cornwall, the Heford Estuary whispers a tale of serenity. It’s calm waters, gently winding through lush woodlands and secluded coves, create a haven of tranquility.

The Secret Beaches…

If you fancy a real adventure, see how many of the 43 secret beaches you can find that are dotted along the Helford Estuary and Lizard Peninsula….

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Number 7 is in the heart of the Lizard Peninsula

Want to be even closer to the sand?

If you want to stay a short walk to the sand…. have a peek at little Rainbow Beach Chalet in Hayle. Rainbow is a cosy little beach chalet tucked away on a park of privately owned chalets that have DIRECT access to the 3 miles of golden sand of Hayle Beach. (Rainbow is approximately 600m from the sand.) Rainbow is slightly smaller than Number 7, having one bedroom and a sofa bed, and is a wonderful base for enjoying this magical part of the world.

Go on….. you deserve it…..