Crinnis Beach, Carlyon Bay
Carlyon Bay is actually a grouping of three beaches, from west to east, Crinnis Beach, Shorthorn Beach and below the Carlyon Bay the former naturist beach of Polgaver Beach.
The beach here is understood to have only been in existence for the last 150 years. it is not so much a natural beach of sand but an 'fluvial deposition' of china clay waste through an outlet or adit. In fact a man-made beach caused indirectly by the silting up of Par harbour in the 1830's. For more information please follow this link to the Carlyon Bay Watch website.
Within the last 25 years the beach has undergone a horrific transformation. At one time, the place to go in Cornwall with its 'sandy' beach and the Cornwall Colisseum entertainment complex and Concert venue, Carlyon Bay has sadly fallen into an awful state of disrepair.
Crinnis and Shorthorn are currently marred by lines of steel shuttering piles, unsightly boulders and fences which mark out future development proposals.
The beaches at Carlyon Bay are now best avoided as there are NO facilities and the beach stands in the middle of a planning wrangle between Cornwall council and the developers.
If visiting the area and you wish to visit the coast, it would be better to head west to Charlestown, Duporth and Porthpean or east to Polkerris and ultimately Fowey.
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: