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Swanpool beach, Cornwall

Swanpool Beach lies just to the south of the Cornish town of Falmouth. It is so named due to the Swan Pool just west of the beach which is a mix of fresh and salt water habitats that plays host to over 100 species of bird including regular visitors such as grebe and tufted ducks, siskins and kingfishers.

Beneath the water is an extremely rare animal called the Trembling Sea Mat a microscopic animal called bryozoa which live in underwater colonies and thrive at Swanpool on the balance of salt and fresh water. The Trembling Sea Mat is the only one of its kind in Britain, a fact that has led to the pool being given status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Swanpool is a very sheltered south east facing beach of fine golden sand with the odd rock scattered here and there. It offers safe bathing and boasts the excellent Elemental UK Watersports Centre, where you can try dinghy sailing, kayaking or windsurfing. There is also a bouncy castle located on the beach during the summer months for the smaller children.

The Award winning Swanpool Beach Cafe is well worth a visit. It serves a great selection of teas, coffees, sandwiches and ice-creams.

A favourite with locals and visitors alike, the beach can become quite busy in high season due to its proximity to the town and facilities.


 Flora and Fauna

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Seasonal dog ban


 Rescue equipment




OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston

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.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Falmouth, St Mawes, Mylor and Penryn.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

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:




	arrowSt Mawes


Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Roseland, Redruth, Mullion and Lizard Peninsula.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowPhoenix Cinema

	arrowNational Maritime Museum

	arrowPendennis Castle

	arrowPotager Garden


	arrowPenryn Museum

	arrowRaze the Roof

	arrowFlicka Foundation Horse and Donkey Sanctuary

St. Mawes

	arrowLamorran House Gardens

Mawnan Smith

	arrowTrebah Gardens





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