14th May, 2018

Top 5 Cornish beaches to visit by train

1. Gyllyngvase beach | Falmouth


Photo: Adam Gibbard / Visit Cornwall

Gyllyngvase is a lovely sandy beach which is great for families, and only a few minutes’ walk from Falmouth Town station. It’s the town’s largest and most popular beach.

How to get there?
0.4 miles walk from Falmouth Town station (map)

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2. Porthminster beach | St Ives

Enjoy spectacular coastal views from the train window as you arrive on the St Ives Bay Line. You’re then just a few paces from the picturesque and family-friendly Porthminster beach.

How to get there?
Directly next to St Ives station (map)

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3. East Looe beach | East Looe

Take a trip on the scenic Looe Valley Line and wander through the attractive seaside town of Looe down to the beach. It’s sandy, family friendly and safe for swimming. If you’re after rock pools, head to the nearby beach at West Looe.

How to get there?
0.6 miles walk from Looe station (map)

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4. Great Western beach | Newquay


Photo: Felipe Kos under Creative Commons license

Newquay station is in the heart of the town, and from there you can be on the beach in no time. Great Western beach (named after the railway) is the closest of a number of fantastic sandy beaches that you can walk to from the station.

How to get there?
0.2 miles walk from Newquay station (map)

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5. Carbis Bay beach


Photo: Mark Lynam

Another great beach to explore on the scenic St Ives Bay Line. With a St Ives Bay Line Ranger ticket (£4) you can hop on and off and visit both Carbis Bay and St Ives’ Porthminster beach the same day.

How to get there?
Just 260ft from Carbis Bay station (map)

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