Largely unknown by the masses who speed to the main resorts and beaches of the South Cornwall coast, Lantic Bay is one of Cornwall's hidden gems.
Situated two miles east of Fowey and Polruan lie the excellent beaches of Great Lantic and Little Lantic Bay. The beaches are dominated by the nearby 400 foot hulk of Pencarrow Head which offers them some shelter.
Southwest-facing the beaches are best known by walkers of the South West Coast Path who often stop here for a break and to admire the view. Lantic Bay is located approximately halfway between Polruan and Lansallos.
Great Lantic is a hemisphere of fine white sand with a little shingle, especially after stormy weather. Little Lantic Beach is only accessible from Great Lantic beach and care should be taken not to get cut off by the tide.
Cliff walking and access to the beaches can be steep for the unwary but on a hot summers day the views are well worth the effort.
Safet equipment is located at the back of the beach but there is no lifeguard cover. Swimming is best advised on an incoming high tide, but once again care should be taken to heed beach signage warning of offshore rip currents. Snorkelling is possible with care.
There are no facilities at Lantic Bay. Parking is best at the National Trust car park located 200m west of Triggabrowne Farm, requiring a half mile (850m) walk down to the beach. The nearest toilets are located at the National Trust car park at Frogmore near Lansallos.
Dogs are permitted all year round.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Rescue equipment
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