Fine weather and a rising tide greeted me for this seasonal re-visit. The arc of the bay was back lit by the morning sun and visitors were out, enjoying the shops and cafes at Sennen Cove. This is a stunning beach in any weather, popular with surfers, beachcombers and walkers alike. There’s a sense of deep perspective and a long distance to the horizon. Highly recommended.
John’s lifelong relationship with the beach.
Whitesand Bay at Sennen Cove in the morning.
At the end of the beach, as the tide rushes in.
Whitesand Bay, by Sennen Cove, is a particularly fine sight on a low tide such as this, being one of Cornwall’s flattest and most scenic beaches. The sand arcs round to the headland and the raking backdrop is natural, primeval and unspoilt. It’s no wonder, then, that so many people were walking off the Christmas and New Year festivities during this winter re-visit. The enhancing dynamic of where the air, land and sea meet was self-evident. Highly recommended.
What the beach means to Scott and Claire.
Low tide at Whitesand Bay.
It was back to the wild Atlantic seas at Sennen Cove, for this re-visit. At high tide, the waves crashed onto Whitesand Bay, also broaching the harbour wall. A strong, mild wind carried a sense of the sea’s power across the western tip of Cornwall, heady and stimulating, as witnessed by Wendy, in the shelter of the harbour.
With Wendy, at Sennen Cove in Penwith.
The action of the sea, on Sennen’s harbour wall and beyond.
Wild waves, crashing onto Whitesand Bay in Sennen Cove.
There was a benign, peaceful atmosphere at Sennen Cove for this re-visit. The sea lapped against the white sand, a bit odd for such a wild beach as this. The falling tide left kelp and rounded rocks visible at the far end of Whitesand Bay. There’s a pleasing crescent shape to the beach, with the surrounding land cossetting you as you look out to sea.
A regular visitor’s take on the beach.
An international perspective, on the beach and the UK.
Whitesand Bay at Sennen Cove, on a spring morning
The sea was alive at Sennen Cove for my winter re-visit, with surfers and beachgoers alike enjoying it. On a rising half tide, the crescent shape of Whitesand Bay was clearly visible, backed by the pristine dunes. I met a beach cleaner and enjoyed inhaling the pure Atlantic sea breeze, here at the end of these islands of ours.
My chat with Heather, a beach aficionado, at Sennen Cove in February.
The waves against the beach at Whitesand Bay, Sennen Cove, in the winter.
Early morning, with the sun coming over the dunes on a low tide, was just breathtaking, filling me with a wonder at isolated nature, just like I’d experienced at Gwithian and Watergate Bay beaches. The early morning light is a great time to see Cornwall’s beaches, well worth getting up for. At the far western end of the county, Sennen has wild nature and waves but also an excellent array of facilities, plus arts and craft shops and a harbour with a lifeboat. You couldn’t fail to enjoy a visit here, plenty of parking, toilets etc. and a pub / hotel right on the beach.
On the beach at Sennen Cove at dawn.
Sennen Cove, seen from the harbour.