8 great beaches in and around Fowey

The Shippen is ideal for a family holiday in Cornwall with a range of great beaches nearby, here is a list of 8 beaches near to the Shippen holiday cottage that area easily accessible making this the perfect beach holiday home in the Fowey area.  Look at this for a choice! Stay at The Shippen and you can spend the day on a different beach every day of the week without going to far afield.

Readymoney Cove

A small sandy cove close to the mouth of the River Fowey, just a 10-minute walk from The Shippen. It's great for family swimming expeditions as it has a swimming platform. For the young and young at heart, low tide reveals rock pools that just have to be explored. Bring picnics or lunch from but save some ready money for the beach as there is usually an ice cream van in attendance. Dogs permitted between1st October - Easter.

Par Sands

A big wide sandy beach with plenty of car parking. Great for families sporting buckets, spades, beach cricket kits and windbreaks. It's also a hit for those with kites and kite surfers. There are toilets, a shop/cafe and a pub a shortwalk behind the beach. Dogs are permitted all year round


The beach here is pretty much part of the harbour in the tiny fishing village of Polkerris. This means that toilets, shops, cafes are all within easy reach when needed - as are watersport hire/tuition facilities. There is a car park a short walk away. Dogs permitted between1st October - Easter.

Polridmouth Cove

This is a small sandy cove nestling in the lee Gribben Headland. Accessible on foot (don't try it with a pushchair!), about 15 minutes walk from the car park. Take a picnic as there are no cafes or toilets. Dogs permitted all year round.


Close to the Town centre, the beach (which disappears at high tide) has a sea water paddling pool for those who want to roll their trousers up to cool down. There's a flight of steps to the sandy beach, toilets and shops/cafes within a 10-minutes stroll. Dogs permitted between1st October - Easter.

Polruan Quay

Another beach that disappears at high tide, best reached by ferry from Fowey as parking on the Quay is limited. Swimming is good - just keep an eye out for passing boats entering the harbour! Toilets, shops and a Pub are nearby. Dogs are not permitted at any time.

Lantic Bay

Well worth the trek, head east from Polruan to the Pencarrow Headland below which lies this small bay. It's a steep climb down to the beach (feeling even steeper on the way back), but the beach itself is lovely with a mixture of pebbles, shingle and some sand. Take picnics as there are no refreshment facilities or toilets. Parking is in a nearby National Trust carpark about 20 minutes walk. Dogs are permitted all year.

Lansallos Beach

A nicely sheltered beach and, because it is less known than other, is often quiet even in season. It's a 15-minute walk (unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs) from the National Trust carpark at Lansallos. No toilets, no shops or cafes - just you, some sand a few pebbles and the Atlantic.