Whitsand Bay

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Season: autumn

Whitsand Bay runs North from Rame Head, in Cornwall’s South East corner.  It’s a long beach that faces West and actually comprises several smaller beaches, each with its own character and patrons.  For this re-visit, on a falling tide, I visited the most popular section of beach, in front of the Eddystone café, which sits right on the beach.  The beach is staggeringly beautiful and wild.  It has chalets and beach houses that cling to the steep cliffs above, one of which had been owned by my interviewee, Anne.  Due to Plymouth’s proximity, this is also a well visited beauty spot, despite its steep access.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Anne’s love of this beach and its place in her life.

Chough Cottage


A view of Whitsand Bay from above.

Season: spring

A wild morning at Whitsand Bay greeted me for this re-visit.  The low tide made the pristine beach accessible, including the chance to see the Eddystone café and get close to the warship cruising close to the shore.

Spring visit photo


With Sadie, on the beach at Whitsand Bay.


On the shoreline at Whitsand Bay, in the teeth of the weather.


Halfway down the path to Whitsand Bay in South East Cornwall, on a stormy day.

Season: winter

I visited Whitsand Bay on a wild morning in December, with a strong south westerly wind driving breakers onto the beach.  Access is via steep paths all along the Bay, so you need to be reasonably agile.  There are a couple of car parks on the other side of the road above the Bay.  This bay and its beach are the best way to feel the Atlantic, so far east in Cornwall.


A fascinating glimpse of the Victoriana, at Tregantle Fort above Whitsand Bay.


A view of the Bay from above, plus an interesting bench.

One thought on “Whitsand Bay

  1. Milton

    Born and brought up in Cornwall by the sea, I love the smell of the sea, the sand on the feet and most of all standing in the sea, turning around and looking back at Cornwall.


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