Our favourite Cornish beaches to embrace the wild winter

E mbrace the wild, rugged Cornish coastline this winter. The drop in temperature promises deserted beaches, roaring waves, and a fresh, salty sea breeze to make you feel alive.

Match with a crisp pint of korev lager, and grab a true taste of the coast after facing the elements, all while enjoying views across the ocean from the comfort of one of these spectacular seafront pubs.

Take the opportunity to see these popular beaches in a new light, with the crowds of summer dispersing over the colder months. From the surfing capital of Newquay to the iconic sands of St Ives, make the very most of the outdoors this winter before retreating from the Cornish mizzle – whether you take to the waves or the coastal path.


Fistral Beach, Newquay

Attracting surfers from across the globe year after year, Fistral is a playground for enthusiasts hoping to get their big wave fix. While the winter swell may be a little off-putting for beginners, with plenty of access to lessons and board hire along the beach, it’s a fantastic opportunity to take your first tentative steps into the surf world, without such busy waters to manoeuvre.

Rather stay inland? With 630 miles of South West Coast path to explore, take up the challenge and explore the rugged terrain of the north coast. Blow the cobwebs of winter away with panoramic views across the horizon with a walk between Trevelgue Head and Whipsiderry. Over the course of 4.5 miles, travel along ancient green lanes before arriving to your final destination of Whipsiderry – plan for half-tide to catch the spouting blowhole!

Having braced the outdoor chill, return triumphant and warm up inside the Fort Inn. Sitting proudly over the cliffs on the outskirts of town, enjoy a slow pint and soak up the town’s local surf scene.  


Sennen Cove Beach, Sennen

Famed again for its consistent surf throughout the seasons, Sennen Cove Beach, with its exposed golden sands, is a top choice for those looking to embrace Cornwall’s coast this winter. Just a stone’s throw from the popular landmark of Land’s End, you’ll be open to the Atlantic’s roar, making for unforgettable conditions - whether it’s a wintery walk that takes your fancy or a dip in the sea.

With the Old Success Inn perched just above the beach, savour a well-earned tipple or two and reminisce on the day’s adventure beside the fire. Enjoy a true taste of the coast, with korev the perfect accompaniment after facing the crisp bite of winter to continue the thrill.


Trio walking on beach in winter


Renowned surfing haven Polzeath is a gem on the north coast. You’ll often find in the colder months that you have the beach – or waves – completely to yourself. A fantastic spot for those looking for a little seclusion to recharge over the winter, there’s plenty to enjoy in the area without having to venture too far.

Hide out after your adventures around the coastline in the prominently positioned Oystercatcher. Savour a pint or two while admiring the stunning surroundings - the rugged north coast looking even more dramatic with the crashing waves of winter.

With both Padstow and Port Isaac just a short distance away, make the very most of your stay with a visit to these vibrant towns before retreating back to drift away to the ebb and flow of the ocean.


Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel

Often overlooked in favour of Fistral or Polzeath, Tintagel offers incredible views paired with fantastic conditions year-round. The beach, however, disappears at high tide, but this makes catching the perfect wave all the more rewarding.

As the tide floods the beach below, warm up beside the log fire at the Port William after an action-packed day out on the waves. The pub inn is just a stone's throw from the stunning beaches, and it even offers cosy accommodation with Cornwall beach views, if you're looking for a winter getaway. 

Intertwined with myths of King Arthur, Tintagel is also a great choice for hikers – immerse yourself in ancient folklore while soaking up the stunning 360 views, a little Cornish mizzle only adding to the scene. Conquer steep slopes and rugged terrain before quenching your thirst with a refreshing pint of korev.


Pub exterior decking, surfer on beach

Porthmeor, St Ives

While St Ives is blessed with a whole host of beautiful beaches, the town’s most northern beach, Porthmeor, is a top choice for winter thrill seekers. With gusts from the Atlantic, you’ll find jaw-dropping waves. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just starting out with a few lessons, St Ives is an incredible backdrop to your surf session.

Walk the maze of St Ives’ cobbled lanes and you’ll pass an array of Cornish landmarks, from the Tate to The Island Chapel. Shelter from the elements in The Lifeboat Inn, overlooking another of the town’s beaches from this stunning ocean view hotel in Cornwall, and while away the evening with a perfectly poured pint.

Discover quiet coves and make the most of the waves with these, our favourite Cornish winter beaches.