Falmouth is surrounded by refreshing open spaces perfect for picnicking, playing and exploring. Plus, you never know, there is always the possibility of catching a glimpse of our most recent Cornish monster, ‘Morgawr’.
There are four main beaches in and around Falmouth and if you want to avoid sand in your picnic then there are several equally beautiful public gardens and green areas.
If you are feeling energetic and enjoy a reasonably level walk then it is possible to follow the coastal path from Castle Beach to Maenporth Beach in one day. At low tide it is possible to follow the rocks and for the more experienced coasteering is an option.
Nestled in a corner of Falmouths headland under the watchful eye of Pendennis castle is the sheltered and pretty Castle Beach. This is a real family beach enjoyed by many locals. At low tide rockpools and WW2 submarines are exposed creating a wealth of exploration opportunities while the remaining sandy areas are perfect for sitting and admiring the stunning view of the bay. During summer months this beach is perfect for watching all the regatta racing and there is always the chance a pod of dolphins will pass by.
There is limited road side parking above the beach with a slipway for launching kayaks, canoes and dinghy’s. Toilets are open from Easter through to October and are supervised by the local Council. Castle Beach Cafe is open during the Summer months, (please check their site for opening times), offering hot and cold food and drinks, ice-cream, beach equipment and toys.
At low tide it is possible to walk along the beach and rocks on to Gyllyngvase Beach or, at high tide, along the footpath above the beach.