Penzance Mount’s Bay

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly Lifeguard service mid-May to September 10am - 6pm Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer

It was a stunning morning in Penzance for this re-visit.  On a high tide, the water lapped against a shingle beach, rolling the pebbles back as each wave ebbed.  The promenade was full of people, many stopping to gaze out over Mount’s Bay at the mesmerising sight in front of them.  The Scillonian slipped its mooring and cruised past during filming, on its way to the Isles of Scilly.

Summer visit photo gallery

Extra summer season photo gallery


Marcia’s lifelong love of the beach.

Pure Nuff Stuff


A fine sight in the morning, Mount’s Bay at Penzance on a high tide.

Sea Retreat Holiday Cottages

Season: spring

The sun started to break through, after a long spell of low pressure and here was an ideal place to be, by Mount’s Bay in Penzance.  The sound of the pebbles rolling back on the ebb of the tide is rejuvenating and the light here is unique, fusing with the elements in a way captured by the Newlyn School of Art’s Stanhope Forbes and Henry Scott Tuke.

Spring visit photo gallery


The beach as a reminder for Liz, on a break to the South West.


By the waterline, at Mounts Bay in Penzance.

Season: spring

It was a flat calm Mount’s Bay for my spring re-visit to Penzance.  From Marazion round to Newlyn, the sea glistened silver on a calm sea, with St Michaels Mount framed in the light.  The low tide allowed me out onto Battery Rocks, close to the water lapping against the walls of the Jubilee Pool.

Spring visit photo


With Adrian, on the beach at Battery Rocks.


A beautiful, calm morning, looking across Mount’s Bay from Battery Rocks in Penzance.

Season: autumn

Half way around Mount’s Bay, Penzance sea front is an ideal spot to grasp the scale of the Bay, from Marazion in the East round to Newlyn and Mousehole.  There is straightforward parking, with all the shops and restaurants catering for every type of visitor.  The sea front takes you round to the Lido and Battery Rocks, another popular spot for sea swimmers in the Bay.  At Penzance Mount’s Bay, you can watch the world go by, walk the promenade or exercise in the sea, all bases covered.


long chat with Graham in Penzance, looking out on Mount’s Bay


Graffiti to cheer your soul at Battery Rocks in Penzance.


A sense of the action of the sea on the pebbles next to the sea wall in Penzance.


My first view of Mounts Bay at Penzance, in changeable weather.

Season: winter

A break in the ongoing run of winter storms brought out bright sunshine for this winter re-visit. Promenaders enjoyed the respite and there was no need for an overcoat.  Gentle, white-topped rollers sent bursts of foam skyward, on impact with the sea wall.  The scene was very different two days earlier, with water and debris all over the road and structural damage by the seafront.  Another band of deep low pressure was due overnight, so this was a chance to enjoy being by the seaside.

Winter visit photo


A long way from home, Nigel and Chris enjoy the majesty of the sea.


Mount’s Bay in the winter sun.

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