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Poldhu Cove Beach

Helston, Cornwall

Poldhu and neighbouring Church cove are small sandy coves with cliffs on either side and sand dunes. Popular with bathers and surfers.

Beach Type



First aid Post
Lost Child Centre


Scuba diving
Jet skiing
Windsurfing and sea canoeing
There is zoning for water sports activities

Nature and Wildlife

There are coastal walks to the west towards Gunwalloe. Loe Bar and Porthleven and to the east towards Polurrian. Kynance and the Lizard.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned regularly from mid May to September by Kerrier District Council. There are bins on the beach. The beach suffers occasional pollution from litter.


Dog bins are provided but dogs are banned from the beach during Easter to October.

Tourist Information

Helston Tourist Information Centre 79 Meneage Street Helston Cornwall TR13 8RB Tel: 01326 565431 Fax: 01326 572803 e-mail: [email protected]


Nearest town: Helston
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.0318, -5.26089
Postcode: TR12 7JB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Follow the A3083 from Helston - Lizard. past Culdrose Air Base. Cross the mini-roundabout towards Mullion. turn right 100m past the roundabout and follow the road for approximately 3 miles.

Public Transport

There is a bus from Helston directly to the beach.

Nearest Railway Stations

Penmere (Approx. 11 miles away)
Penryn (Cornwall) (Approx. 12 miles away)
Falmouth Town (Approx. 12 miles away)
Falmouth Docks (Approx. 12 miles away)
St Erth (Approx. 12 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Both beaches have parking for around 200 cars including disabled spaces. There is a charge for using the car park

Nearby Car Parks

Poldhu Cove, Mullion (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Gunwalloe Church Cove, Helston (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Mullion Cove, Helston (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Predannack, Predannack (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Chyvarloe, Helston (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Degibna, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 3.7 miles away
Highburrow, Porthleven (Long stay).
About 3.9 miles away
Penrose, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 4.2 miles away
Shrubberies Hill, Porthleven (Unknown stay).
About 4.2 miles away
Flambards, Helston (Unknown stay).
About 4.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Helston