Leave footprints in untouched sand whilst you discover Cornwall’s hidden gems.

We’ve put together five beaches so you can avoid the crowds no matter what time of year. No queues for parking, plenty of space to throw a ball and your pick of where to set up camp for the day on your very own secret beach. What’s not to love?

Polly Joke

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Porth Joke (also known as Polly Joke to locals), is located deep between the two headlands Crantock and Holywell Bay. Filled with rockpools, caves and a shallow stream, Porth Joke is the perfect beach for those with little ones in tow.

Dogs welcome all year round. No lifeguard cover.

Rinsey Cove

Just a few miles west of Porthleven is the pretty Rinsey Cove. Allowing dogs all year round, this cove is perfect for those holidaying with their canine friends. Spot the charming Wheal Prosper Mine as seen on the BBC One Poldark series set above its cliffs.

The beach is just a 10-minute walk from a National Trust car park, however access is steep and visitors need to climb over rocks to reach the beach.

Dogs welcome all year round. No lifeguard cover.

The Strangles

For stunning rock formations and soft sand, head to Strangles beach in north Cornwall, just 1 mile from Crackington Haven. Local photographers often come here for its stone arch and Cornwall’s highest cliff reaching over 700 metres high. When the tides out Strangles joins up with its neighbouring beach, Little Strand. Are you brave enough to join the naturists that bathe here in the summer months?

Dogs welcome all year round. No lifeguard cover.

Leggan Cove

Uniquely positioned between two quarries, Leggan Beach sits east of the Lizard Peninsula backed by high cliffs, ideal for sun worshippers wanting to shelter from the wind. The crystal-clear water makes this a great spot for snorkeling and diving and a great rock pooling for children.

Dogs welcome all year round. No lifeguard cover.

Nanjizal Cove

Remained more or less untouched, Nanjizal just 1 mile from Sennen beach is a rocky cove with spectacular clear water. The cove is extremely difficult to access, but once here, there are plenty of rock pools and caves to explore. Look out for its friendly neighbours as seals often bathe directly opposite on the cliffs.

Dogs welcome all year round. No lifeguard cover.

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