Sennen Cove Beach

In Brief

Name: Sennen Cove Beach
Suitable for: Surfers and sunbathers
Location: Next to Sennen village, two miles from Land’s End, near Porthcurno and Penzance
Parking: There are three car parks near the beach
Dog friendly?: Yes, apart from summer months

Some beaches in Cornwall are all about the scenery and some are all about the sand. Sennen Cove Beach, however, is all about the surf. With some golden sands thrown in for those who want to catch the sun’s rays surrounded by ample space.

Sennen Cove Beach, just across from Sennen village and not far from Land’s End and Penzance, is probably the most westerly surfing hotspot in the country. Huge rollers regularly, well, roll in, with plenty of swell out there to rival the best north Cornish coast surf beaches like Fistral and Polzeath. It actually has an advantage as it’s so close to Land’s End that it not only picks up the northerly swells but it can pick up the southerly ones too.

High tide at Sennen provides a decent shorebreak and the pro surfers prefer the northern end of the beach as the swell can be bigger here. Plus, there’s a reef around 100m off the shoreline called the Cowloes that’s said to be great for wave catching although the rocks in the area mean it’s certainly dangerous and only the experienced should try it. On the whole, though, surfers of all abilities enjoy Sennen as the waves are generally not too steep and there’s board hire and surf school options nearby.

Sennen can get busy during the summer but there should be enough space for those who prefer to sunbathe on the fine sands. A trip to the nearby harbour, lifeboat station and other amenities is also recommended. The views from all around are beautiful, whether you’re looking at the huge granite cliffs or out to sea. There’s lifeguard cover from Easter until the end of October and dogs can go for walkies on the sands all year except the summer months. So take your board out on those superb waves or just chill on the beach. Either way, Sennen is a must-enjoy for all surf and seaside turf lovers.