Sennen Cove beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover May 4 - September 29 Good water quality for swimming

Season: spring

Fine weather and a rising tide greeted me for this seasonal re-visit.  The arc of the bay was back lit by the morning sun and visitors were out, enjoying the shops and cafes at Sennen Cove.  This is a stunning beach in any weather, popular with surfers, beachcombers and walkers alike.  There’s a sense of deep perspective and a long distance to the horizon.  Highly recommended.

Spring season photo gallery


John’s lifelong relationship with the beach.

First and Last Cottages


Whitesand Bay at Sennen Cove in the morning.


At the end of the beach, as the tide rushes in.

Season: winter

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 re-visit.  The enhancing dynamic of where the air, land and sea meet was self-evident.  Highly recommended.

Winter visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Scott and Claire.


Low tide at Whitesand Bay.

Season: summer

It was back to the wild Atlantic seas at Sennen Cove, for this re-visit.  At high tide, the waves crashed onto Whitesand Bay, also 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, as witnessed by Wendy, in the shelter of the harbour.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Wendy, at Sennen Cove in Penwith.


The action of the sea, on Sennen’s harbour wall and beyond.


Wild waves, crashing onto Whitesand Bay in Sennen Cove.

Season: spring

There was a benign, peaceful atmosphere at Sennen Cove for this re-visit.  The sea lapped against the white sand, a bit odd for such a wild beach as this.  The falling tide left kelp and rounded rocks visible at the far end of Whitesand Bay.  There’s a pleasing crescent shape to the beach, with the surrounding land cossetting you as you look out to sea.

Spring visit photo gallery


A regular visitor’s take on the beach.


An international perspective, on the beach and the UK.


Whitesand Bay at Sennen Cove, on a spring morning

Season: winter

The sea was alive at Sennen Cove for my winter re-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.  I met a beach cleaner and enjoyed inhaling the pure Atlantic sea breeze, here at the end of these islands of ours.

Winter visit photo


My chat with Heather, a beach aficionado, at Sennen Cove in February.


The waves against the beach at Whitesand Bay, Sennen Cove, in the winter.

Season: autumn

Early morning, with the sun coming over the dunes on a low tide, was just breathtaking, filling me with a wonder at isolated nature, just like I’d experienced at Gwithian and Watergate Bay beaches.  The early morning light is a great time to see Cornwall’s beaches, well worth getting up 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.  You couldn’t fail to enjoy a visit here, plenty of parking, toilets etc. and a pub / hotel right on the beach.


On the beach at Sennen Cove at dawn.


Sennen Cove, seen from the harbour.

2 thoughts on “Sennen Cove beach

  1. Penny Lloyd

    I love these videos of Sennen, another favourite haunt of mine. There’s nothing like standing on the beach watching the sunset as it casts golden light on the water and the beach. Coming a close second is watching the waves break over the harbour wall during a storm – have seen that several times this year . Thank you, this website is a lovely way to visit Cornwall.

  2. Tricia

    The beach is different every day – the sand comes and goes, the rocks are there or not, the sea is every shade of blue and green, it has all moods and energies. On the beach I walk, sit, or simply stand and watch – that’s the best thing of all, just watching the waves.

    And a poem:
    Cavafy ‘Morning Sea’

    Let me stop here. Let me, too, look at nature awhile.
    The brilliant blue of the morning sea, of the cloudless sky,
    the yellow shore; all lovely,
    all bathed in light.

    Let me stand here. And let me pretend I see all this
    (I really did see it for a minute when I first stopped)
    and not my usual day-dreams here too,
    my memories, those images of sensual pleasure.


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