Polgwidden Beach lies just seaward of the 26 acre, Trebah Gardens on the north bank of the Helford river in southwest Cornwall.
The beach faces southeast, nestling below low wooded cliffs. It consists of fine shingle and a little sand, and is fringed by rocks. It is best accessed via Trebah Gardens although it is open to the general public walking the South West Coast Path.
Polgwidden Beach slopes quite markedly towards the river, has its own small slipway and is backed by a flat concrete area with the odd picnic table offering views of the Helford River.
The water is safe for bathing but care should be taken not to stray too far from the shore in case of river currents.
Few of today's visitors are aware of the part little Polgwidden Beach played in World War II... It was used by the American 29th Infantry Division to launch an attack on Omaha Beach, Normandy as part of the D-Day Assault in June 1944.
Apart from the wonderful sub-tropical gardens of Trebah, nearby places of interest include the whole of the Helford River, the villages of Helford, Helford Passage and Durgan, Mawnan Smith and St. Anthony-in-Meneage.
Helford Passage beach; Durgan beach; Grebe beach; Porth Sawsen beach and Porthallack beach all lie within a mile of Polgwidden.
Parking is best advised at Trebah Gardens, using the beach as a midway point to relax, before making your way back up the valley by a number of routes to the car park
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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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