8 Incredible Tidal Pools In Cornwall

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Cornwall exhibits a spectacular collection of unique tidal pools which fill up with seawater at every high-tide. As the tide drops and the sun heats the water creating Caribbean like swimming conditions (minus the white sand). Isolated from the dangers open ocean current and crashing waves, these tidal pools are ideal for families.


Bude Sea Pool, Bude

Built in the 1930’s, the Bude’s Sea Pool is a beautiful tidal pool carved from the rocks down at Summerleaze Beach. At high tide the Atlantic replenishes the part man-made, part natural lido, providing safe swimming conditions even during the roughest of weather. Measuring 90m long and 45m wide, the pool is open to the public form May – September (times depend on the tide). Read more…


Children’s Pool, Priest’s Cove

Sitting below the impressive heights of Cape Cornwall lies England’s most westerly tidal pool. The Children’s Pool at Priests Cove was built in the 1950’s and is only accessible at low tide. Ocean currents around the Cape can be exceptionally strong and the manmade pool offers safe swimming conditions for younger ones. Read more…


Chapel Rock Pool, Perranporth

Chapel Rock, notable for the ceremonious flag of St Piran, is an unmistakable feature along the 3 mile stretch of golden sand at Perranporth. The small bathing pool can be found on the southern side of Chapel rock and is very popular with families. During the summer the pool’s tidal water can reach Mediteranean temperatures in the late afternoon. Read more…


Chapel Pool, Polperro

The small Chapel Pool hides beneath the cliffs at the picturesque fishing village of Polperro. The south-facing natural pool basks in sunshine during the summer months and offers bath-like paddling conditions from about mid-tide. Built in the 1940’s, a precipitous flight of steps lead down to the tidal rock pool and are not for the faint hearted (not a hand-rail in sight). Read more…


Un-named Pool, Porthtowan

A small, secluded tidal pool can be found hidden along the Cornwall’s north coast, buried between the caves and gullies. Start at Porthtowan’s main beach and follow the coastal path roughly 300m north east until you come across a steep set of steps leading down to the tidal pool. A concrete wall damns the pool from the crashing waves of the Atlantic, the perfect spot the bath and watch the surfers peel across shore. Read more…


The Tidal Baths, Portreath

A small tidal pool can be found to the far right of Portreath beach, up against the harbor wall. Rumour has it, a creative local blew the tidal pool out using dynamite borrowed from the local mine workings. To the left of the beach are six smaller bath-shaped pools that were carved out for Lady Frances Bassett during the 19th century. One of the baths is hidden inside a cave and accessed via a small metal ladder. Read more…


The Rock Pool, Treyarnon Bay

Take the short walk along the coastal path from Constantine Bay toward Treyarnon Bay and will find a large, pool-sized tidal lido hidden in the rocks. A long wall of concrete has been built to maintain the water level inside the natural rock pool throughout the tide. A deep plunge pool can also be found just below it – perfect for swimming, diving and paddling. Read more…

Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Built in 1935 (year of King George V’s Silver Jubilee), Jubilee Pool is one of the oldest surviving Art Deco swimming baths in the UK. The triangular lido is re-filled with water only during the highest of spring tides and offers impressive views out across Mounts Bay. The presence lifeguards and a shallow pool for young children make this ideal for families.


Explore more of Cornwall, check out our guide to lighthouses around Cornwall.

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