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Top 10 Recommended Beaches in South West England


Beaches in South West England
South West England is noted for its beaches and coastline. Follow the 630 mile South West Coast Path and you'll walk behind, or across, some absolute beauties. We've walked and photographed most of that coastline and, as a result of that research, here are our 'Top 10 Recommended Beaches in South West England'. Alternatively, search 'South West England beaches' to discover more. By James Penman.

Sennen Cove Beach

It's one of our favourite beaches in South West England. Part of Whitesand Bay. Sennen is to the south of the bay, Gwenver Beach to the north. In the local area, try Porthcurno Beach and the beaches lining St Ives Bay.

Rock Beach

Glorious sand beach running along the side of the Camel Estuary. Padstow across the water. Visit other beautiful sand beaches in the area such as Harbour Cove and Hawker's Cove Beach. Explore the amazing beaches around Trevose Head, too.

Pedn Vounder Beach, Cornwall

At low tide, this crushed shell sand beach is stunning. The eastern section of Porthcurno Bay, it's part of an arc of blond sand and polished granite cliffs.

Putsborough Sand (Beach)

One of Devon's finest beaches, in our opinion. Vast sand beach running into Woolacombe Sand and various smaller beaches north of that. See our North Devon AONB guide for more ideas.

Blackpool Sands

Perfect arc of shingle beach just south of The English Riviera. Privately owned so you have to pay for access but well worth the money. Dartmouth to the north and Torcross to the south.

Perran Beach

Massive blond sand beach running from Perranporth north to Ligger Point. Stunning place. Newquay to the north east.

Swanage Beach

Exceptionally popular attraction on the Isle of Purbeck within the Dorset AONB. Click the link and check out our 'Top 10 Recommended Beaches in the Dorset AONB' for more ideas.

Hooken Beach, Devon

Within the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, this is part of a huge stretch of pale pebble coastline. Try also the glorious Weston Mouth Beach.

Gwithian Sands

We could have chosen any of the beaches which make up St Ives Bay frankly. This one is at the northern end of the bay and is popular with surfers. Sublime.