Local beaches

Nestled on the edge of Falmouth Harbour and the Fal Estuary, Flushing has its own beaches which are perfect for swimming and family days out. There are also many beaches of differing types and styles nearby.

Flushing Beach

Flushing Beachlocation: Flushing, TR11 5TZ

Flushing even has it's own beach! The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle and there is a small area of grass suitable for picnics. Like the other small river beaches nearby it is rarely crowded. There are fantastic walks around the headland to Mylor Yacht Harbour. The beach is perfect for picnics, playing with the kids, or just relaxing. During Flushing regatta week it plays host to the famous sandcastle building competition. Access is easy and the beach is dog friendly all year.

www.visitcornwall.com/flushing-beach

Holywell Bay

Holywell Baylocation: Holywell Bay, TR8

A truly stunning beach! The name of this beach comes from the fact that there are two Holy Wells in the village. There are exciting caves on the beach which can be explored but only with great care and on a falling tide, as they become completely filled at high tide! Holywell Bay is a west facing fairly level beach, with large dunes and a small stream making up the back of the beach. Good cliff walks are possible all around here. West of Holywell Bay lies Perranporth reached by walking up the relatively steep coastpath to Penhale and Ligger Points.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sw-coasts

The Lizard

location: The Lizard, TR12

Lizard Point with its lighthouse is the most southerly point in Great Britain. It is famous for the local serpentine stone, a unique metamorphic rock which is dark green veined with red and white. Serpentine ornaments were particularly fashionable in Victorian times but the village still has several serpentine turners working during the season. There are several craft shops, gift shops and galleries. This is also an area which boasts a number of scuba diving schools.

www.thelizard.co.uk

Swanpool Beach

Swanpool beachlocation: Falmouth, TR11 5BG

Swanpool Beach is another very sheltered beach offering quite safe bathing. The golden sand is littered here and there with rocks. All the usual amenities are close at hand and due to its proximity to Falmouth, Swanpool is often quite crowded, especially in summer. Behind the beach lies the Swan Pool that gave the beach its name. There are excellent views across Falmouth Bay and a couple of other good beaches close by - namely Maenporth to the south and Gyllyngvase to the northeast.

www.swanpoolbeach.co.uk

Little & Great Molunan

location: Portscatho, Cornwall TR2 5EY

St. Anthony Head is best known for its lighthouse highly visible from nearby Falmouth, in its position guarding Carrick Roads and the River Fal. Rather than one large beach there are several small coves with differing amounts of sand and rocks and degrees of accessibility. On a fine day there are some excellent views to west and east especially from the coast path. Ideal for beaching small craft. Well worth a visit as the beach is often quiet when others are busy.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-anthonyhead