Granted a Blue Flag Award for 2015, Gyllyngvase Beach is situated on the coast about a ten minute walk from Falmouth town centre on the south coast of Cornwall. South east facing the beach is a wide crescent of pale golden sand, with all the usual amenities, backed by gardens and overlooked by the Tudor Pendennis Castle. Refreshments are available at the Gylly Beach Café. There is RNLI Lifeguard cover between the middle of May and the end of September at Gyllyngvase. The beach also recently opened the first dedicated Stand Up Paddleboard centre in Cornwall.
For gentler pursuits, there is a nice stroll the mile or so southwest to Swanpool beach or past the Falmouth Golf Club to Maenporth, a distance of about 3 miles.
The unusual name of the beach is thought to derive from the Cornish: An Gilen Vas, meaning the shallow inlet.
Gyllyngvase is best accessed by road by following the signpost marked 'Beaches' from the A39 onto Pennance Road and then parking behind the beach in the car park.
Please Note: There is a seasonal dog ban at Gyllyngvase, Dogs are banned from Easter Day to October 1st.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Tourist information
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
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:
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