Whether you are a wheelchair user, less able on your feet, or have little one in a pushchair, there are a lot of beaches in Cornwall that are easily accessible. First of all, there are eight Blue Flag beaches in Cornwall with all the accessible facilities you would expect for those with mobility issues. Furthermore, there are at least 40 more accessible beaches across Cornwall including Carne beach, Cawsand Bay beach, Charlestown beach, Constantine Bay beach, Downderry beach, Hayle Towans beach, Looe beach, Maenporth beach, Marazion beach, Pendower beach, Perranporth beach, Porthcothan Bay beach, Porthluney Cove beach, Seaton beach, Swanpool beach, Talland Bay beach, Trevone Bay beach, Watergate Bay beach and many more. Now let us learn more about just 5 of our favorite beaches with disabled access and parking.
Mawgan Porth beach – Newquay
Mawgan Porth beach is one of those beautiful beaches in Cornwall with everything you would expect from one of the best beaches in the region. Despite the fact that the beach is situated quite far from Newquay and you will have to drive 4 miles to get there, such remote location has some great benefits. For example, you will never see this beach crowded, so you can always enjoy everything it can offer, starting from soft golden sands sheltered by high cliffs to each side to tidal pools with a lot of marine life to explore.
Just note that the best time to visit Mawgan Porth beach is during a low tide, as it opens ample sand for everyone, even on the busiest of days. What is more, rockpools appear exactly when low tide is in power. Also, the beach is a great place to explore beautiful caves and there is even a large stream running down the southern side of the beach. All these make Mawgan Porth beach an ideal place to visit with little ones and that is why the beach is favored by families with children.
Mawgan Porth beach is easily accessible and there is also a disabled access. Swimming is considered to be safe here thanks to seasonal lifeguard cover.
Sennen Cove beach – Sennen Cove
Sennen Cove beach is one of those popular and easily accessible beaches in Cornwall with breathtaking views. Although the beach often gets crowded, especially during the hot season, its friendly and vibrant atmosphere provides everyone with the ability to have a great time. It is exactly the place where you can feel the vibe of life with numerous surfers who flock to the beach to catch waves and families who come here to spend a day in a relaxed atmosphere. Just note that there is a seasonal dog ban from the beginning of May to the end of September.
Sennen Cove beach has a reputation of one of the hottest surf spots in the region. It provides top surfing conditions and safe bathing. The beach itself is a long stretch of sands. Here you can also enjoy the view of working fishing port combined with laid-back surf style.
Duckpool beach – Bude
Duckpool beach is one of the most attractive and dramatic coves near Bude nestled between high cliffs and accessible via the tranquil woodland of Coombe Valley. The beach is worth visiting when a low tide is in power as it opens a lot of rockpools which are ideal for discovering marine life, poking around in for crabs and the likes. High tides almost swallow the sand and rocks, making it look like a stretch of pebbles. Just note that swimming here is not recommended as it is generally unsafe, especially at low tide. Also, note that beautiful and dramatic cliffs that surround the beach can be quite hazardous as there are frequent rock falls. Still, Duckpool beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the area and one of those dog-friendly ones.
Crooklets beach – Bude
Crooklets beach is one more popular surf spot near Bude. There is the Bude Surf Life Saving Club right on the beach whose members learn and teach surf life-saving techniques, patrol local beaches providing extra safety cover and inform the public about beach safety.
What is more, the beach is a great place to spend time with kids as there are numerous rock pools exposed at low tide with a lot of marine life to discover. Also, the beach has all facilities you can expect, including a large car park, level access and viewing area, a play area, skate park, beach cafe, showers, amusements and pubs close by. It is also possible to rent one of the beautiful beach huts.
At a low tide, Crooklets beach exposes enough of soft sand for everyone. To get to the beach from Bude, you will have to take a short walk over the Summerleaze Down or down the hill from the town center.
Praa Sands beach – The Lizard
Praa Sands beach is a sparkling stretch of white sands made from seashells that have been pulverized by wave action over millions of years. This mile-long sandy beach is easily accessible and is backed by beautiful sand dunes. That is why the beach is favored both among families with children and surfers who come here to catch surprisingly big waves.
The beach is situated in a short walking distance from quite a large car park, so you can avoid dragging miles to get there. It is an ideal place to enjoy with children, to build sand castles or just splashing about in to soak up the sun. Also, this beautiful beach is a popular destination for a cup of coffee served in a charming beach cafe and combined with pacifying views and fun seaside vibe.