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Picnic Spots on the Cornish Coast

As the countdown begins to the summer holidays, visitors and locals alike are looking ahead and making plans for sunny days in Cornwall.

A wonderful way to make the most of the beautiful Cornish coastline is to enjoy a picnic on the beach. But with so many beautiful beaches to choose from, plus an increase in the crowds during the tourist season, where can you go to enjoy a relaxing, peaceful day out?

We’ve put together a great list of picnic spots that are easiest to access by boat. Arriving at a hidden cove or secret beach by water is a special experience, with the added bonus that they are often less busy than those with easy road access and large car parks.

Trefusis beach (Flushing)

Located opposite Falmouth town, this family friendly sandy beach is dog friendly and has great views of Falmouth town and the harbour.

Great Molunan & Little Molunan (Roseland)

Across the water from this dog friendly beach are views to Pendennis Castle and Falmouth Docks. Explorers will enjoy the large cave and good rock pools.

Towan beach (Roseland)

Quiet southeast-facing beach near St Mawes. At high tide it has sand and shingle with rock pools revealed at low tide. Dog friendly so the whole family can come along.

Gillan Cove (Helford River)

This small sandy cove is dog friendly, and is popular for small boats and yachts.

Ponsence Cove (Helford)

A hidden gem on the remote southern banks of the Helford estuary. A sandy, dog friendly beach, surrounded by the beautiful woodland of the Bosahan estate.

Durgan (Helford)

Enjoy stunning views of the Helford River from this sandy beach. There are plenty of rockpools to explore, and a slipway running down the beach along with moorings just offshore. Also dog friendly.

If you’re keen to plan a trip to some of the best picnic spots in Cornwall, speak to the Bowman team to discuss your perfect day out – we could even help you organise delicious refreshments for your guests, so you can just turn up, relax and enjoy.

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