Charlestown beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly Good water quality for swimming

Season: autumn

The bright sunshine led me away from the harbour to the beach at Charlestown this morning.  The ebb tide had left a pristine beach in its wake, with clear rock pools and glistening rocks exposed, as the sea fell away.  The sun had risen in the east, throwing bright lines out behind the masts of the tall ships that filled the inner harbour on my return.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Debbie, in harmony with the beach. 


The beach and harbour at Charlestown in the morning.

Season: winter

The tide had fallen back for this winter re-visit, but it followed a stormy spell of high spring tides and an onshore wind that had scattered marine debris over both of the beaches here overnight. Weekend visitors to the picturesque inner harbour were therefore able to enjoy the beach too, in the aftermath.  Charlestown is well worth a visit at any time of the year, with an excellent maritime museum, attractive shops, pubs and a café, plus the Tall Ships in the inner harbour.

Winter visit photo gallery


The beach as an expression of faith for Will and Emily.


A view from the harbour wall at Charlestown.

Season: spring

It was a cold, misty morning at Charlestown for this re-visit, very atmospheric, with the Tall Ships moored in the inner harbour.  I was told that the whole harbour was covered in the second world war, concealing mine sweepers that were being fitted out below.  The photogenic harbour has been the setting for many British and international films, including Poldark and The Onedin Line.

Spring visit photo


With Alan, by the harbour at Charlestown in Cornwall.


The misty outer harbour at Charlestown.

Season: autumn

I visited Charlestown at high tide on a sunny morning.  Handily placed near St Austell, it’ has an inner harbour, home to multi-masted sailing boats of old.  You can park easily nearby and walk down to the harbour. This is a good place to visit if you want to slip back in time.


The first part of a chat with Tony at Charlestown. The highlight of the visit was the range of colours in the washed sea anemone shells in a bucket.


My chat with scallop fisherman Tony, continued.


First sight of Charlestown, near St Austell in Cornwall.

One thought on “Charlestown beach

  1. Graham

    What a fantastic website.

    My family and I visit Charlestown each year on holiday from the South West coast of Scotland.

    The videos on your website are fantastic and I never tire of seeing Charlestown. It’s a lovely place.

    Thanks for sharing.


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