One of Falmouth's main beaches, Maenporth Beach lies roughly midway between downtown Falmouth and the Helford River. Its name means 'Cove of the Rocks' in Cornish.
Popular with all types of beachgoers, Maenporth is an east facing beach of golden sand and a little shingle situated about a mile and a half to the southwest of Swanpool along a pleasant coastal walk. The good sized beach is relatively sheltered, quite flat, and has good access and facilities. It also offers some fine views out into Falmouth Bay.
Maenporth is a quite safe beach for swimming at all stages of the tide, but please be aware that there is no Lifeguard cover. The beach is not really suitable for surfing, although youngsters and beginners with body boards sometimes utilise the gentle swell.
Watersports are available here including kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling. The launching of sailing dinghies and other small watercraft is also quite straightforward. Windsurfing is possible and is best undertaken further out into the bay where the wind is less variable.
Care needs to be taken using inflatables especially in offshore winds.
There is a seasonal dog ban on Maenporth Beach between Easter day and 1st October.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ 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:
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