Penarvon Cove Beach


Penarvon Cove is a well-hidden niche on the wild southern banks of the River Helford, near the village of Manaccan in Cornwall. The beach is made up from the characteristic angular slate and grey sand that dominates most of the beaches on the river. The ancient overhanging trees that sprawl along the river's banks cast the majority of the beach into shadow and create a timeless atmosphere. Often overlooked due to the fact that people just don't know it even exists, it's an exceptionally quiet retreat compared to the busier neighbouring spots of Helford Village and Helford Passage just across the water. Rounding the corner to the west and within walking distance from Penarvon beach is Frenchman's Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's historical novel, set in west Cornwall during the reign of Charles II. Well worth swinging into the Shipwrights for a swift half or a Rum and Shrub overlooking the Helford.


Park in Helford Village and take the footpath west along the bank of the river. Alternatively, park on the other side of the river at Helford Passage and take the passenger ferry across the river.


Postcode: TR12 6JU

Lat / Lon: 50.094501, -5.13867

OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard

Grid Ref:


Today's tide times for Penarvon Cove calculated at the nearest tide station Helford River (Entrance) located 2.6km away.

Nearby Beaches

location pin iconHelford Passage: 0.6km

Beach photo of Helford Passage in Cornwall England

Helford Passage is a small hamlet on the north side of the River Helford, directly opposite the village of Helford in Cornwall. The passage provides a... read more

location pin iconPolgwidden Cove: 0.9km

Beach photo of Polgwidden Cove in Cornwall England

The northern banks of the Helford River in Cornwall are home to a number of secret coves and inlets with Polgwidden Cove being one of them. The Helfor... read more

location pin iconPadgagarrack Cove: 1km

Beach photo of Padgagarrack Cove in Cornwall England

Padgagarrack Cove is a small sandy inlet on the south banks of the Helford River in west Cornwall.... read more


Beach photo of Penarvon Cove in Cornwall England


Secret beach guide Helford & Lizard: Twenty-five Secret Beaches

Helford & Lizard: Twenty-five Secret Beaches

A beach guide book pulling together all of the Lizard Peninsula and Helford River’s best secret beaches and hidden coves.

Here’s to adventure. The spontaneous foray down that overgrown footpath, leaping that ancient granite hedge and traversing that deserted headland no-ones ever heard ... Read More