Fine weather and a rising tide were the order of the day. The arc of the bay was backlit by the morning sun and visitors were enjoying the shops and cafes at Sennen Cove. There is a sense of deep perspective and a long distance to the horizon here.
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 visit. The enhancing dynamic of where the air, land and sea meet was self-evident.
What the beach means to Scott and Claire.
Low tide at Whitesand Bay.
Looking out towards the wild Atlantic seas at Sennen Cove, the waves crashed onto Whitesand Bay, even 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, viewed from the shelter of the harbour.
With Wendy at Sennen Cove in Penwith.
The action of the sea on Sennen Cove’s harbour wall and beyond.
Wild waves crashing onto Whitesand Bay at Sennen Cove.
There was a benign, peaceful atmosphere at Sennen Cove on this occasion. The sea lapped against the white sand, feeling a bit odd for such a wild beach as this. The falling tide had revealed kelp and rounded rocks at the far end of the 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.
Whitesand Bay on a spring morning.
The sea was alive at Sennen Cove for this winter 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. The Atlantic sea breeze is pure here at the tip of these beautiful islands.
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, inspiring a sense of wonder at isolated nature. The early morning light is a great time to see Cornwall’s beaches, well worth getting up early 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. There is plenty of parking, toilets and a pub with accommodation right by the beach.
On the beach at Sennen Cove at dawn.
Sennen Cove, as seen from the harbour.