Whitesand Bay lies just about a mile northeast of Land's End on the western tip of Cornwall and is more commonly called Sennen Cove Beach. The Bay is actually made up of two beaches: Sennen Cove and Gwynver.
The main beach at Sennen Cove is almost a mile long and is bounded to the southwest by The Tribbens - a group of rocks by the jetty and RNLI Lifeboat Station and runs in a crescent northeast to the cliffs below Carn Barges and the clifftop hamlet of Escalls.
The slightly rockier, west facing, surfing beach of Gwynver lies between Carn Barges, where the coast turns due north and Aire Point.
Sennen Cove Beach is a wide, level beach of fine golden sand and a few rocks. North West-facing, it is popular with families and body boarders, more experienced surfers tend to use Gwynver instead. During the summer, a surf school runs lessons and other equipment is available for hire from outlets in the Cove. Kite surfing is also popular out of season.
Lifeguards are on duty at the main beach from Easter until the end of September and operate a designated bathing area. Due to strong Atlantic swells, Sennen Cove is not really a swimming beach, although it may be possible to swim when and where indicated as safe by the lifeguards.
Many people use the car park in Sennen Cove itself and walk up to the lookout at Pedn-mên-du or even over Mayon Cliff to Land's End before returning to relax on the beach. Other visitors aiming to spend the day solely on the beach and in the Cove, usually park in the large field above the Cove and walk down from there.
Due to its proximity to Land's End and the towns of Penzance and St. Ives, the beach can be very busy in high season.
Please note: There is a Seasonal Dog Ban in operation, with dogs banned on the beach at Sennen Cove from 1st May to 30th September, and from 8am to 7pm.
All the usual facilities are to be found in Sennen Cove, with a selection of cafés and shops as well as a fine pub at The Old Success Inn, which dates from 1691. There are toilets in the beach car park to the east and also at the smaller harbour car park by the slipway.
For further refreshment, the 'Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove' restaurant occupies an impressive location immediately above the beach. Formerly known as 'The Beach', it commands wonderful views over the rugged coastline and Bay. Once again very popular in high season, it is wise to book ahead and arrive early to ensure a table. Run by classically trained chef Ben Tunnicliffe, formerly of the 'Abbey Restaurant' in Penzance, the restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
As they say, their aim is '...to create a relaxed and friendly environment for families, dog walkers, any walkers for that matter, swimmers, surfers, beach lovers, rain lovers, sea watching in the winter lovers... The menu features family favourites and coastal classics, executed to perfection and using local, seasonal produce'.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 102: Land's End
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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