Sennen Cove beach is one of the most westerly in Cornwall. It is a popular spot with Surfers and tourists alike with almost a mile of sandy beach to make use of.
The beach is for the most part pale white sand along with some occasional exposed rocks. The beach is lifeguard patrolled between Easter until October 1st and there is a designated bathing area. The atlantic swell means it’s a popular surfing spot so whilst it’s not ideal for swimming there is still fun to be had in the sea.
Sennen itself is a village a stones throw away from one of Cornwall’s most widely know landmarks, Lands End and roughly 8 miles southwest of Penzance. Sennen is situated on the Lands End Peninsula which has some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife of any part of Cornwall.
The Beach at Sennen is a surfing hotspot with a reliable, consistent beach break all year round. It is also a good spot for learners with board hire right on the beach. The popularity of Sennen Cove means it can get crowded during its peak in the summer.
Swimming isn’t ideal at Sennen due to the surf and large swell. Stick within the lifeguard patrolled area that is flagged for bathing and take the advice of the lifeguards on patrol.
Walking from Sennen Cove to Land’s End is both manageable at 1.3 miles and enjoyable. Starting at the any of the beach car parks make your way through Sennen Village with the sea to your right. Pass the distinctive Roundhouse Gallery and follow the white coastal path sign.
There is a bit of an incline to the top of the cliffs but the path soon levels out onto the flat and this route has some of the most spectacular views along the Lands End Peninsula and takes you right up to Lands End.
Carry on past the large Lands End visitor centre and take in the view from the very tip of Cornwall. Walking of course means you can relax knowing you don’t have to park the car in what can become a very busy spot during the peak season.
There is a breakwater below the headland called Pedn-Men-Du that used to harbour a Pilchard fishing fleet, now there are a small number of commercial fishing boats and pleasure boats that make use of the harbour.
Sennen cove is also home to a lifeboat station founded in 1853. The RNLI lifeboat station operate a Tamar class All-Weather Lifeboat and a D Class Inshore Lifeboat. This particular station at Sennen Cove is unique in having two slipways from where the Tamar can be launched. This allows the lifeboat to be recovered in the shelter of the breakwater at high tide or up the launching slipway at low tide.
Getting To And Parking at Sennen Cove
The beach is signposted on the A30 from Penzance. Take this turning and follow the road down. There are three car parks at Sennen and in Summer they can get very busy.
There are two car parks at the bottom of a steep narrow hill leading down to Sennen. One is signposted “Beach Car Park” and has a capacity of around 200 cars and is the main access down onto the beach. There is another signposted “Harbour Car Park” and has a capacity of around 100 cars.
During peak times in the summer there is a seasonal large capacity 600+ space car park which is on the right hand side at Mayon Green.
Access Onto Sennen Beach and Facilities
Sennon Cove is a large stretch of beach and there are multiple ways to get on it. The main beach car park has a slipway at its entrance which is slopes down to the beach and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
At the opposite end of the beach car park there is also access onto the beach right next to the “Ben Tunnicliffe” beach side restaurant.
From the Mayon Green car park you have to walk down a hill through some sand dunes to the beach there are a number of paths down and the walk is around 300-400 meters.
There are public toilets situated at both the Harbour car park and the Beach car park.
Surfing At Sennen
Sennen Cove is widely known as a good, consistent surfing beach. Waves tend to be bigger at the northern end of the beach (right side) where there are sand bars that produce a bigger break. The side of the beach closer to the harbour is and towards the middle have shallower waves that are good for beginners.
There is a surf school on the beach that operates during the summer.