Pendower beach

Beach facilities

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

Season: spring

A serene sea and warm sunshine greeted me at Pendower beach for this spring re-visit.  The tide was half in, with lime green rocks still visible on the shoreline.  A river ran down to join the sea, where I filmed the scene-setter.  This is an exquisite beach, highly recommended.

Spring visit photo


With Lesley, by the shore at Pendower beach.


Helen and Ben explain what the beach means to them.

Season: winter

As the rising tide claimed back Pendower beach, the river down to the beach was in spate, addiing recent storm water.  Bright sunshine lit the back of the beach, casting long shadows from its low winter trajectory.  Portscatho, to the west and the Nare Head, to the east, were clearly visible and it was still just possible to walk along to Carne beach.  This is a majestic, natural beach, spectacular and elemental.

Winter visit photo gallery


An important reference point for Ali.


A bright winter morning on Pendower beach.

Season: winter

When I returned in January to Pendower beach on the Roseland Peninsula, I was treated to a heart-stopping natural phenomenon, which you can see in the second film from this visit, below.  At dawn, the beach, the bay and the Nare Head conspired to create an intoxicating mix of stimuli for the senses.  I stayed on after the films, just to wonder at it.  The visit at high tide is a good counterpoint to my autumn trip, at the bottom of the page, in the sunshine at low tide.  This is a special beach.

Winter visit photo


Chatting to regular beach user, Richard.


A back-lit effect at Pendower beach, nature in all its glory.


Pendower beach, as seen from above, at dawn in January.

Season: summer

A dawn re-visit to Pendower beach two days before the summer solstice showcased the moody, atmospheric elements here.  A lone dog walker accompanied me for this 5.15 a.m. sojourn.  The sky tends to the apocalyptic at the mildest of times on Pendower.  There was a wild, dark cloak of sky and sun over the beach at this time, yet the sea was placid and calm.  It was a wonderful sight and a sensation that remained with me long after the visit.

Summer season photo gallery


What this beach means to Michaela.


A high summer dawn at Pendower beach.

Season: winter

A low tide, mixed with a breaking dawn, made this an atmospheric return to Pendower beach, its scale emphasised by the open sand that connects it to Carne beach on any low tide.  Down by the water on a calm day, all eyes were drawn to the spectacular dawn colours around the Nare Head in the east.  There was noticeably more erosion since my last visit, the storms having eaten away at the soft cliffs behind the beach.

Winter visit photo gallery


The changes and variety that Debbie enjoys in the beach.


A fine vista at Pendower beach in the morning.

Season: summer

There’s an uncanny benevolence on this beach.  Its varied topology is also interesting, with trees, dunes, a river, eroded rocks, sand and the ocean all in close proximity.  Perhaps it’s this variety of sensory stimuli that evokes such a feeling of contentment here.

Summer visit photo gallery


Matt, Rosie and Sue explain what pulls them to the beach.


A view from above the beach, on a changeable day.


Pendower beach, on half a tide in the spring sunshine.

Season: autumn

I visited Pendower beach on a fine day, early in the manonabeach series.  Access is straightforward from a car park at the western end of the beach.  The beach looks south and connects to Carne beach at low tide.  This is one of the most popular Roseland Peninsula beaches and has stunning views across to the Nare Head and beyond.  As Loic said in our chat, it’s also popular with kite surfers.


My first view of Pendower beach, from the car park above the beach.


On the waterline at Pendower beach.


Weird rock formations, showing at low tide on Pendower beach.


With Kat, on a bright October day at Pendower beach in Cornwall.

One thought on “Pendower beach

  1. Joybaby

    For reference – High tide line is the point reached by the high tide. Anywhere between that and a house is private property. Anything below (toward the ocean) is public. You can’t have a private beach.


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