Top 10 accessible beaches in Cornwall

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Whether you’re a wheelchair user, less able on your feet, or have a little one you want to take to the beach in a pushchair with ease, our top ten guide to accessible beaches in Cornwall below will help direct you to some of the best accessible beaches near you.

North Cornwall

Duckpool Beach

Duckpool Beach in Bude has been described as one of the most attractive coves in the area and is approached through the peaceful woodland of Coombe Valley. Although pebbly in places, when the tide is out a lovely stretch of sand is revealed – and with some rockpools for crabbing too! It's dog friendly all year round and there are toilets and a National Trust carpark nearby.


Newquay is a lovely destination for a holiday with the entire family. There are many beaches here with great accessibility for pushchairs, wheelchairs, or those who can't walk too far such as toddlers or elderly members of the family.

Here are our top picks for accessible beaches in Newquay:

Fistral Beach

Arguably the most popular beach in Newquay with great accessibility and world renowned for its surf, Fistral Beach can be found a 5 minute drive from the town centre, in a beautiful west facing position. With toilets, restaurants, cafes and a carpark with allocated spaces, it’s the perfect family friendly beach. There's also a beach wheelchair available for daily hire. Dogs are not permitted on the beach from Easter to October.

Magwan Porth

With easy access from the adjacent carpark, this is a lovely beach for families, sheltered by cliffs on both sides and sand dunes to the north. It lies in the pretty village of St. Magwan, with toilet facilities, beach shops and refreshments all in close proximity. Magwan Porth is also a dog friendly beach so you can bring along the four-legged members of the family too.

Towan Beach

A popular and often very busy beach in the centre of Newquay, Towan Beach is a lovely beach for both families and novice surfers. Dog friendly all year round, you can enjoy the views from the sandy shore, or when the tide comes in and the beach is submerged, The Promenade has a delightful range of shops and restaurants you can nip into. In addition to disabled toilets, there are also designated car parking spaces in the nearby carpark and a beach wheelchair available for daily hire.

West Cornwall

Gyllyngvase Beach

Gyllyngvase Beach, known affectionately as ‘Gylly Beach’, is a lovely family friendly beach in Falmouth with great accessibility and a nearby car park. There are toilet facilities and an award-winning café right on the beach with spectacular sea views and easy access. Dogs are not permitted on the beach from Easter to October.

Portreath Beach

Set in a sheltered harbour on the north coast of Cornwall, Portreath, with its large expanse of golden sands, is a very popular beach for families. Portreath Harbour is part of the UNESCO's World Heritage Site 'Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape', and is also on a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is good access to the beach from the large car park, toilet facilities, and a lovely selection of pubs in the town itself. Dogs are not permitted on the beach from Easter to October.

Sennen Cove

Just a little over a mile from Land’s End, Sennen Cove is a popular family beach stretching in a crescent shape for just over a mile. There is easy access to the beach from the village and shops, toilets and cafes nearby for refreshments. Dogs are not permitted on the beach from Easter to October.

South Cornwall

Hannafore Beach

Hannafore Beach stretches from Hannafore Point along Marine Drive, and is predominantly a rocky beach with coarse sand and a maze of rockpools to fish in at low tide. Enjoy lovely views across to St George’s Island, once owned by two Cornish sisters.The beach is dog friendly all year round and has great ease of accessibility, with an adjacent carpark and nearby cafes.

East Looe Beach

A large, safe and sandy beach, this is the main beach at Looe, and a very popular beach for families. There are toilets by the beach and cafes, restaurants and shops just across the road. A car park is a flat 10 minute walk away. Dogs are banned from this beach.

Polkerris Beach

Lying in the sheltered bay of Polkerris, 2 miles from Fowey, Polkerris Beach, although relatively small, has toilets, a café, shop and a pub. It’s easily accessed via a slipway a short walk from the carpark. Dogs are not permitted on the beach from Easter to October.

Have a look at our great range of accessible holiday cottages in Cornwall.

Posted by Emma on 21st January 2017