15th January, 2024

5 great beaches to visit by train in 2024

It’s no secret that Devon and Cornwall are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below that are easily accessible by train, so no need to worry about parking!

1. East Looe Beach, 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 Hannafore beach at West Looe.

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


2. Porthminster Beach, St Ives

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

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. For something to eat, check out the beach cafe or take a short walk into town.


3. Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

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, and has a great beach cafe that’s open all year round.

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


4. Teignmouth Beach, Teignmouth

Hop off the train at Teignmouth to discover a vast stretch of sandy beach that extends from the River Teign’s mouth to Holcombe. Take a stroll along the Victorian Promenade and Pier, go for a dip in the sea or visit the adventure golf course. Take the short hop on the ferry across to Shaldon to visit Ness Cove Beach and Shaldon Zoo.

How to get there?

0.2 miles from Teignmouth station (map)


5. Great Western Beach, Newquay

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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