Secret Summer Spots in Cornwall

As the schools break up and the population of a Cornwall trebles with tourists, we look at where you can get a moments respite away from the holidaying crowds.


With busy roads and bustling beaches Cornwall’s serenity is somewhat harder to find during the summer months, so here are a few suggestions of some secluded spots to visit.


Cornwall is known for its beaches far and wide, from long and sweeping sandy Perranporth  to the remote coves of Zennor there are a wide variety on offer to escape to for the day.


Prussia Cove

An undiscovered inlet, perfect for rock pooling, exploring the ruins of fishermen’s huts and a spot of sheltered sea swimming. Follow the secluded footpath from the nearby car park to find this quaint spot.



Church cove

A gorgeous sweeping sanding beach near the village of Mullion named after the little church that sits on the beach edge. Although unsuitable for swimming it’s a wonderful spot to soak up the sun and make a sandcastle or two!


Cadgwith cove

Two beaches separated at high tide by The Todden  – Cadgwith is a Cornish fishing village steeped in history both on land and sea. Visit the beaches, village and the 400 year old Inn there or dive the shipwrecks Craggen and Boa.



Pemberth Cove

Near the well known Porthcurno, Pemberth Cove offers unspoilt Cornish fishing heritage (it’s been owned and preserved by the National Trust since 1957); wooded valleys and many coastal walks.


If you’re feeling more adventurous there are other ways to reach secluded spots on the Cornish coast. Why not head to Loe Beach and hire a boat or kayak to explore the estuary or spend a day on Swanpool beach and take out paddle boards to find hidden coves along the coast.


And if you’re all beached out here are a few more hidden Cornish gems:


Botallack Count House

Nestled on the 1.6km coastal mining walks of Botallack, the Count House once housed the workers and engine captains of the mine engine you will see along this walk.


Gwennap Pit

An interesting sight owing surprisingly to a collapse of old mining works, this grassy circular pit near Redruth is often overlooked by tourists.


Trelowarren estate

A hidden gem on the Lizard, this estate boasts woodland walks, perfect picnic spots, a wonderful restaurant and outdoor heated pool. Definitely worth a visit for the day.



A lovely wooden Hut cafe perched on the road down to Trevaunance Beach. Visit for healthy  smoothies and lunches or the best bacon sandwiches on a Sunday morning. They also host a number of pop-up suppers through the summer including sushi, Thai and lobster!


Despite the traffic and tourists there are still many hidden gems of Cornwall to get away from it all during the summer months and for your own getaway why not stay in a Forgotten Houses?