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Gwenver Beach

Penzance West Cornwall
Gwenver Beach is a quiet and beautiful bay near Sennen Cove in far west Cornwall. Situated at the bottom of a steep grassy cliff, the white sands and crystal clear waters make Gwenver a truly magical place to visit. As you walk down towards the beach you can often see Cormorants and Shags diving into the sea to catch fish.

Some say that Gwenver Beach (sometimes spelt 'Gwynver') takes its name from the legendary King Arthur's wife, Guinevere. At low tide the beach at Gwenver joins Whitesand Bay at the far end of Sennen Cove, and on a clear day the Isles of Scilly are visible from here. At the far end of the bay is Ayre Point, a rocky outcrop that's a popular spot for fishermen.

Gwenver is a popular beach for local surfers, but strong currents and rip tides make it a place only for the experienced in certain conditions, there is lifeguard cover in the summer months making bathing safe for everyone. The coastal paths in the area lead to some breathtaking and secluded Cornish beaches such as Nanjizal (Mill Bay) and Porth Nanven Cove, or just a short stroll over to the more popular Sennen Cove where there are more facilities.

Hard, the walk down from the car park at the top of the cliff is steep, and what goes down, must come up!


Large privately owned car park at the top of the cliffs above the beach

Lifeguard Cover

Yes, daily from 16th May - 27th September. Please note rip currents are common on this beach so ensure you stay in the lifeguarded areas.

Dog Friendly
Yes, all year round.

50.089387 - 5.687914


TR19 6JB (postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)



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