Tregantle or Long Sands Beach
Tregantle and Long Sands Beaches lie at the western end of Whitsand Bay in South East Cornwall. South-west facing, the western section is known as Long Sands, with the eastern end below Blarrick Cliff known as Tregantle Beach.
At high tide there is just a small section of sand but at low tide the beach grows enormously. RNLI Lifeguards patrol Tregantle Beach from the May Bank Holiday until the end of September. The golden sand is great for walking but swimming off of these beaches is not advised, unless indicated otherwise by the lifeguards, due to strong rip currents.
Taken together the beaches stretch from Oldhouse Cove near Portwrinkle just under one and a half miles to Sharrow beach.
Tregantle Beach is overlooked by the disused Tregantle Fort and in fact, much of the cliffs above the beaches are designated as a MOD Training area. Live firing can take place on occasions, causing public access to be removed. Signs and notices will indicate these dates.
There is a large car park just east of Tregantle Fort with the path to the beach about 600 yards long.
Due to their layout, the beaches are not really suitable for snorkelling or for rock pool exploring. Dogs are allowed all year. Toilets and other facilities are to be found two miles away to the south east at Millbrook.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
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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: