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Polgwidden Cove is a private, secluded beach that lies on the Helford River. South-facing and tidal, the dog friendly shingle beach has serene vies that stretch out to the open sea.Visit website
Polgwidden Cove is most easily reached via the foot of the dog friendly Trebah Garden. The perfect halfway point for a pit-stop during a visit to the subtropical paradise of the Cornish valley garden, access is via a narrow passageway of steps that takes you over the South West Coast path and onto the beach. As you reach the top of the steps you’ll be greeted by a wonderful maritime scene of small sailing boats, kayakers, stone-skimmers and rock pools.
There is still evidence of the cove’s role in the D-Day landings in the shape of concrete structures. In 1944, the beach was used an an embarkation station for a regiment of 7,500 for the assault landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. Today the reminders of the past are softened by the mass planting of Hydrangeas – the work of the Martin family who owned the beach after the war had ended.
On the beach you’ll find The Boathouse Cafe. Open March – September, it serves fresh coffee, a range of teas and the famous Roskillys Cornish ice-cream in crunchy wafer cones.
Dogs are welcome on Polgwidden Cove all year round, but must be under supervision and kept on a lead at all times.
Dog friendly all year round.