Written by Lucy Holford with GeogSoc
Here’s a list of the top beaches that the GeogSoc committee feel are worth a visit during your time in Cornwall. These are great to locations to explore, unwind and de-stress for busy university life.
This beautiful beach has everything from sand, to rock pools, to cliffs, as well as having another much quieter beach just over the rocks to the east. It is a stunning little beach, which not many students go too. It is situated right next to a whole range of coastal shops, including your typical fish and chip & ice cream ones, but also has more unique little shops too. There’s even an amusement arcade in the area too! If you can deal with the trains to get there, then this beach, and area in general really, is definitely worth a visit!
A great beach to surf and explore is Porthtowan. The Blue Flag winning beach is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which can be effortlessly appreciated as the sun sets on the horizon, perfectly framed by dramatic granite cliffs. Nothing beats sitting on the terrace of Blue Bar with a cold beer and some cheesy chips bathed in the last crimson light of the day. In February, you can join the Beach Clean Project at this beach, to help protect our precious coastline and raise awareness of plastic pollution.
It’s a long sweeping sandy beach that offers surfing and bodyboarding all year round, as well as several places to buy some chips and relax. The stunning white sand is made from seashells that have been broken up by wave energy for millions of years. On summer days, with the sun high in the sky and temperatures reach 25 degrees you would be surprised to find yourself not in South France!
Situated on the north coast, near Padstow, is Treyarnon bay. It’s a popular surf and body board spot that can be very busy during the summer months with tourist. On the cliffs is an YHA hostile, as well as numerous campsites. The sand is prefect for sand sculptures and the abundant of coves provided protection from the wind. Also when the tides go out, numerous rock pools are revealed and you may come across a hidden semi-natural swimming pool! It has a great atmosphere with a small convenience store, café and chippy van. If this is not enough, take a short walk north around the point is Constantine Bay, which has excellent marine wildlife.
If you want to stay closer to home, then we definitely recommend Swanpool beach. It is lovely and quiet, and it’s a favourite spot for dog walking or early morning Sunday strolls. The rocks on the outskirts of the beach are great for climbing on and, when the weather is warm enough, jumping into the sea from. The café on the beach serves legendary ice cream and is definitely one to visit. Also, the restaurant on the rocks offers striking views looking back towards Pendennis point and serves some delicious food!
Geography students visit Godrevey during their first term at university and therefore is a favourite for many in the department. This beach is vast sand when there is a sunset it is truly beautiful. Also with the seal colony, and sand dunes close by it’s a wildlife lover’s paradise. It is one of the most exposed beaches on the North coast with dramatic cliffs, rocky headland and the famous lighthouse on an island just of the coast. You can also hire out surfboards in the summer and for National Trust members, car parking is free.
This beautiful hidden sandy beach is only really accessible at low tide through the man made path cut through the cliff. The coastal path above the beach provides stunning views, which leads to more amazing Cornish beaches such as Praa Sands just around the corner. This path also passes old mining engine houses that are perched on top of the cliffs, which offer brilliant postcard photo opportunities and a great way to explore Cornwall’s mining heritage. As it’s off the beaten track, it’s extremely quiet and car parking is free!
GeogSoc is a society dedicated to all things geography. Past events have included themed nights out, beach BBQ’s, local walks, guest speakers, conservation volunteering and surf trips. Our calendar is always full, with a variety of socials, adventures and talks, so you are certain to find something within the society that appeals to you! And you don’t have to be a Geography or Environmental Science student to join in with the fun! We pride ourselves on being a society for everyone with an interest in Geography or the environment!
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Truro Bowling – Friday 26th January
Beach Clean with the Beach Clean Project at Porthtowan in February (Date to be confirmed)
Three Beach Walk in February (Date to be confirmed)