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Within the Parish there are two main beaches that you can drive to, park and spend some time. Other smaller beaches and coves you
will come across if you walk the coastal footpath or approach from a listed footpath.
When using beaches, please take care and observe sensible safety precautions.

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Helford Passage & Bar Beach Map Reference:SW763269

Type of beach: Sand and shingle


Helford Passage with The Ferry Boat Inn on the left

Access & parking: Take the road to Budock Vean and Porth Navas out of the village of Mawnan Smith, with the Red Lion on the left hand side. After passing the entrances to Glendurgan & Trebah Gardens, fork left towards Helford Passage (signed to "The Ferry Boat Inn"). Go past Bar Road (on the right) and you will find a signed "Pay and Display" carpark (April - September £1 for all day) half way down the hill (no parking at the beachside). There is then a steep walk and steps at the side of the pub, or just follow the road (not quite as steep) to the small beach. From the pub, if you follow the road past Hele House you will come to Bar Beach - there is a footpath from Bar Beach onto Bar Road (the next road up from the car park)

Amenities: Ferry Boat Inn serving food and drink throughout the day
Toilets in the pub
Ice cream kiosk
Sarah's Shop selling clothing, milk, bread, eggs
Passenger ferry service to Helford


Boat hire

Boat Moorings

Fishing trips

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Polgwidden Cove Map Reference: SW770271

Type of beach: Shingle

Access & parking: Access for visitors to Trebah Gardens

Amenities: None

Durgan Map Reference: SW773273

Type of beach: Sand and Shingle

Access & parking: Take the road to Budock Vean and Porth Navas out of the village of Mawnan Smith, with the Red Lion on the left hand side. After leaving the village you will come to a cross roads (BEFORE the entrances to Glendurgan & Trebah Gardens).
Turn LEFT and you will find a small car park on the right hand side opposite Bosloe
House (NO parking in the hamlet of Durgan). Follow the road or the footpath on the right to Durgan. Access also from the coastal footpath.

Amenities: Public Telephone

Grebe Beach Map Reference: SW772275

Type of beach: Sand/Shingle

Access & parking: Take the road to Budock Vean and Porth Navas out of the village of Mawnan Smith, with the Red Lion on the left hand side. After leaving the village you will come to a cross roads (BEFORE the entrances to Glendurgan & Trebah Gardens).
Turn LEFT and you will find a small car park on the right hand side opposite Bosloe House. Follow the road or the footpath on the right and the turn 145 degrees left down a narrow steep path to Grebe Beech. Access also from the coastal footpath.

Amenities: None

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Porth Sawsen (Porth Saxon) (Cow Beach) Map Reference: SW780271

Type of beach: Sand / Shingle

Access & parking: Access to the beach is by a wide footpath at the side of Carwinion Gardens, on the road between Mawnan Smith and Maenporth). Park in Carwinion Playing Field Car Park. Access also from the coastal footpath.

Amenities: None

Prisk Cove Map Reference: SW787270

Type of beach: Sand / Shingle

Access: off coastal footpath or by footpath from Old Church Road at Trerose. Old Church Road is a right turning on a left hand bend on the Mawnan to Maenporth Road (signed to the Churches).

Amenities: None

Rosemullion Head - look out point Map Reference: SW798279

Access: off coastal footpath or by footpath from Old Church Road (Rosemullion Farm). Old Church Road is a right turning on a left hand bend on the Mawnan to Maenporth Road (signed to the Churches)
Amenities: None
View up the Helford from Rosemullion Head
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Bream Cove Map Reference: SW791285

Type of beach: Sand / Shingle

Access & parking: Limited roadside parking at Chenhalls (on road from Mawnan to Maenporth. Footpath to the cove. Access also from the coastal footpath.

Amenities: None  

Maenporth Map Reference: SW790296

Type of beach: Sand

Access & parking: On the narrow road between the Boslowick area of Falmouth and Mawnan Smith. There is fee-paying parking on the beach. Access also from the coastal footpath.

Life's a Beach at Maenporth

For a relaxing day, Maenporth Beach is ideal. Beautiful scenery and shallow waters make it a perfect beach for all to enjoy. Explore the rock pools and, at low water, the Ben Asdale, the famous shipwreck of Maenporth, can be seen.
Start your coastal path walk to the Helford from hereand really get in touch with nature. If you choose to stay on the beach and feel energetic, why not try diving, sailing or surf riding - some of the facilities available.

Amenities:

Licenced restaurant - The Cove.

Maenporth Beach cafe is open 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. ish, serving hot and cold snacks, drinks, ice cream etc.
Toilet facilities, including for the disabled
Car parking (small charge but you get a free cup of tea!), boat launching and surf rescue at weekends

 

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