Bessy's Cove Beach


Tucked away between King's cove and Piskies cove and in the lee of Cudden Point hides Bessy's cove, one of three coves that makes up the Prussia Cove collective. Named after Bessy Burrow, an innkeeper famous for taking in smuggled brandy, the shingled beach surrounded by spectacular gullies and crystal clear waters make this an epic snorkelling spot. Bessy's cove is steeped in smuggling history and John Carter, also known as "The King of Prussia" landed much of his contraband on this beach. Popular with families, Bessy's cove was once the setting for the film "Ladies in Lavender". A short walk along the coast path to Piskies Cove and Cudden Point will reward you with fantastic views out across Mounts Bay and Penwith.


Park in the car park sign posted Prussia cove and walk 10 minutes down the road and onto a narrow footpath and steps leading to the cove.


Postcode: TR20 9BA

Lat / Lon: 50.101002, -5.41764

OS Explorer Map: 102 - Land's End

Grid Ref:


Today's tide times for Bessy's Cove calculated at the nearest tide station Porthleven located 4.6km away.

Nearby Beaches

location pin iconKing's Cove: 0.1km

Beach photo of King's Cove in Cornwall England

King's Cove is one of a trio of coves that make up Prussia Cove, situated on the south coast of Cornwall between Praa Sands and Perranuthnoe. Just to ... read more

location pin iconPiskies Cove: 0.2km

Beach photo of Piskies Cove in Cornwall England

An isolated cove that requires a short trek to reach, Piskies cove is a true local's secret spot that most people will overlook. One of the three cove... read more

location pin iconKennegy: 0.4km

Beach photo of Kennegy in Cornwall England

A sandy beach just west of Praa Sands that hides at the foot of modest cliffs littered with deep caves that are great for exploring. Clean waves can b... read more


Beach photo of Bessy's Cove in Cornwall England


Secret beach guide The Far West: Nineteen Secret Beaches

The Far West: Nineteen Secret Beaches

A beach guide book pulling together all of West Cornwall’s best secret beaches and hidden coves.

This guide is about new adventures. For those who want to create the first footprints in the sand, discover that forgotten cove hidden at the end of an over-grown footpath, or to simply find ... Read More