Trevaunance Cove

In Brief

Suitable for: Families, sunbathers and casual surfers
Location: End of Quay Road, a mile north of St Agnes village, near Perranporth
Parking: One small car park with a fee next to the cove and a bigger one further up the hill
Dog friendly?: Yes but keep dogs on leads over the summer

Who doesn’t love a neat little family-friendly beach? Trevaunance Cove is just this. Bookended on both sides by squared-off rugged cliffs, it looks like someone actually sat down and planned this cove before designing it with a team because it’s just so neat and well put together. In short, it’s a perfect north coast spot for families and sunbathers.

Reminders of the area’s rich mining heritage are dotted around the cove, which is the main beach in the St Agnes parish area despite being more than a mile’s walk from the eponymous village centre and a few miles down the coast from Perranporth. It’s also just up the coast from Portreath and fairly near Truro and Redruth too. There’s a welcoming pub at the back of the beach alongside a general store and even a café, so who needs a village or town centre when you’ve got all this next to the sands?

And that brings us on to, well, the sands. They are pretty fine here with a decent mix of shingle thrown in for good measure. And then there are some fairly spacious caves and even some fab rock pools at low tide that little kids, big kids and even dogs can enjoy exploring. In fact, Trevaunance is as pet-friendly as it is family-friendly, with dogs allowed on the beach throughout the year. They have to be kept on leads in the summer, though.

It’s a pretty community-minded place is Trevaunance. Events are often held on the beach, such as Easter Sunday dog races organised by the St Agnes Surf Life Saving Club and RNLI days that help raise funds for the vital life saving organisation. In fact, on that subject, RNLI lifeguard cover is on hand at Trevaunance every day between May and September.

We recommend taking a walk across to the adjacent Trevellas Porth beach when the tide is low as this too is pretty despite being smaller, however unless you relish a steep climb up the cliffs, do get back before the tide rises high again. That won’t worry the surfers among you, though, as the waves can be great for a few hours out on the big blue. So, yeah, take the family or just yourself out to Trevaunance if you’re in the St Agnes and Perranporth area. You won’t find a neater and more fit-for-purpose beach this side of the Tamar Bridge.