Coastline & Beaches

Cornwall is a narrow peninsula flanked by the Atlantic ocean and the English Channel.  No where is more than 20 miles from the sea and being situated in between the north and south coasts, a short distance from the A30, Benallack perfectly placed for exploring some of the 400 miles of coast line. 

On the north coast you will find rugged cliffs, steep valleys and beaches bordered by thick dunes.  The south coast is peppered with sheltered coves and the oak tree lined estuaries of the Fal, Helford, Fowey and Camel, all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), containing some of Britain’s finest coastal scenery.  The Cornwall AONB maintains the same status as Great Britain’s national parks and much of Cornwall is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With over 300 beaches whether it is deserted coves or bustling beach side cafes, dog friendly or dog free, surfing or paddling there is a beach for everyone and every weather.  

In 2018, eight of Cornwall’s beaches have been awarded a prestigious blue flag, the international standard for the best beaches in the world.  The blue flag will be flying at Gyllyngvase in Falmouth; Porthmeor in St Ives; Great Western in Newquay; Carbis Bay; Polzeath; Porthtowan; Trevone and Widemouth, near Bude.