The Best Roseland Peninsula Beaches You NEED to Visit

We are so lucky to have some of Cornwall’s (and maybe even the world’s!) best and most beautiful beaches, right on the doorstep of our gallery. Whatever the weather, the Roseland Peninsula beach offerings never fail to impress and although I think it’s fair to say that most of us prefer a beach visit on a warm summers day, the year round mildness of Cornwall in comparison to the rest of the UK makes any month of the year a pleasant time to visit.


In Tregony, the gateway to Roseland, the tips of Cornish spring shows it’s buds often as early as December and the subtropical gardens at Trebah and Glendurgan are already awash with springtime bloom by the beginning months of the year. From here, you can make your journey down to the woody Roseland Peninsula, bursting with natural beauty in the form of wild woodland, winding creeks and of course a plethora of stunning beaches between St Mawes and Veryan Bay. Our surf may not be quite as rough and ready as the crashing waves in the North of Cornwall, but the tranquillity of the Fal’s gentle waters lends its own unique magic to our home coastline.

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If you’re thinking of exploring the picturesque beaches of the Roseland Peninsula that have inspired so many through time, here are a few that you must put on your itinerary…

Carne & Pendower


A mile of golden sand, clear blue waters and towering cliffs forming a glorious backdrop – you’d be forgiven for thinking that Pendower Beach (that joins up with Carne in low tide) was somewhere quite exotic!


Sandier than many other Cornish beaches, south-facing and stocked with many-a-rockpool, this is the ideal spot to take the kids for a fun day out for all to enjoy.




Porthcurnick beach is just north of Portscatho – a quiet coastal village, which although sleepy has a surprising amount of treasures to find, from the award-winning butchers with refreshingly old-fashioned service to an abundance of wonderful hand-made trinkets that make the perfect gift.


The beach itself is again south facing and quite sandy but this time, tucked away in an enchanting cove that has earned this area of the world the title of the Cornish Riviera!

Little and Great Molunan


Set in the shelter of St Anthony’s Lighthouse, situated at the furthest point of the Roselnad Peninsula, this quirky beach is accessed by a steep flight of stony steps and is well sheltered from Easternly sea breezes.


These two adjoining coves are quite dinky, but they’re certainly not lacking in things to explore and the calm waters makes it an excellent spot for diving and snorkelling.




This is the largest beach in St Mawes and an exceptional example of a townside beach worth visiting, but do note that dogs are not allowed here during the peak summer months.


It is largely pebbled and boasts incredible views of St Mawes Bay whilst being located only 5 minutes from the town square, making it a fabulous spot for taking in the natural beauty of this area before (or after) wandering around all the lovely shops and cafes that St Mawes has to offer – like St Mawes Gallery!

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Not the be confused with Town Beach, Newquay, our Towan is very near St Mawes and is easily accessed via a short path at Porth Farm. Known for it’s scattered rock pools teaming with life and located on the unspoilt Roseland Peninsula, this secluded bay is great for anyone wanting to step away from the hustle and bustle and go to a beach that is simple and quiet.


Towan does not have much in the way of facilities, but what it does have is breath-taking panoramic views over the marine town of Falmouth, Gerrans Bay, Portscatho and St Anthony’s Lighthouse.