Sennen Beach

The far South West of Sennen Cove Beach is warmed by south-westerly breezes from the Azores and is one of the most unpolluted areas in Britain. The coastline is full of beaches, ranging from safe bathing beaches to secluded coves to wild and rocky places. Some are easily accessible and some are less so. The sea is crystal clear, jade green, and has a comfortable swimming temperature into late autumn.

Sennen Cove Beach is one of the best in the UK. Its amazing water quality and golden sand make it picture perfect. The sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Whitesand Bay lie a short amble from the cottages, providing a place for energetic activities such as surfing and kayaking, or lazy days reading a book under a parasol.

Sennen Cove is perfect for wedding and honeymoon accommodation and couples who can head straight out from their Holiday Cottage onto Sennen Cove and take a romantic stroll before enjoying a sundowner drink in the local pub or a meal overlooking the sea. 


Sennen beach in West Cornwall


Useful Visitor Information 

At low tide, Sennen Cove Beach joins Gwenver Beach, which is dog friendly all year round. During the summer, dogs are only permitted on Sennen Cove Beach before 10am and after 6pm (between the 15th of May and 30th of September) however in the colder months, between the 1st of October and 14th May, the beach is dog friendly with dogs allowed on the beach at any time.

Additionally, Sennen Cove Beach has RNLI lifeguards between the hours of 10am-6pm between 6th April and 27th October for those that like to swim in the sea.

The sandy beach and rock pools are ideal for families. The sheltered end of the bay offers great swimming between the lifeguard’s red and yellow bathing flags. See our rock pooling guide for what equipment you'll need when to go and what to look for in the rockpools of Sennen and Gwenver Beach.

Sennen is a mecca for surfers with high-quality waves peeling all the way up the beach from Sennen Cove to Gwynver Beach. Surfing holidays in Sennen Cove are popular for surfers, bodyboarders, longboarders, knee boarders, kayakers and paddle boarders. There are local surf schools that offer to coach beginners (both adults and children).

If you're a fan of surfing then you'll have plenty to do in Sennen. There are a number of surf schools including a surf shop nearby that give lessons to groups of any skill level. 

Bars and Restaurants

When you're finished swimming or surfing in the Cornish sea, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy a cold drink and a homemade meal while you watch the sunset over the golden sandy beach. There is a great selection of pubs and restaurants along the beach that overlook Sennen Cove.

Sennen Cove Car Parking

There are 3 car parks close to Sennen Beach, all with accessible disabled bays.

The closest car park of the 3 is directly opposite Sennen Beach. There is also a large field located at the top of the hill (5min walk) which is often used as an over-flow car park for the beach-side car park during peak holiday times.

There is a smaller car park just past the life boat station on the west end of the beach, this is operated by the Sennen Cove Harbour Commissioners. All car parks have security patrols in operation.


Sennen beach in West Cornwall