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Porthkidney Sands

#2 of 2 things to do in Carbis Bay Features Animals
Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
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What a great beach!! Dogs Welcome All Year!!

We visited this beach several times whilst on holiday in Carbis Bay in order to take our dog Jarvis... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
Just stunning !!

By far the best beach I have ever seen in the UK. It's a trek to get to but very much worth it . We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hampshire, England
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Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this beach several times whilst on holiday in Carbis Bay in order to take our dog Jarvis for a run and swim in the sea. First time we tried to get to the beach by walking along the coastal path from Carbis Bay,...More

Thank BOSAngel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By far the best beach I have ever seen in the UK. It's a trek to get to but very much worth it . We took the coast path from St Ives . The beach is so clean and the water is really clear ....More

Thank chilax_2009
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our all-time favourite beaches for walking the dog. Huge space, fabulous views, and really easy to get to from the charming church at Lelant. A perfect place for getting rid of the cobwebs!

Thank coln M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An easy walk from Carbis Bay or Lelant, remote, yet close. A great beach for walking your dog, or having a stroll. The dunes are an interesting little wilderness, with wind-thrawn sycamores and hawthorns.

Thank Tim C
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Parking is some distance away and limited and then it's quite a trek to get to the beach so not for those with limited ability or very small children. There are no facilities. The sea is a very long (5 mins walk) when the tide...More

Thank skybluethinker
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

I love this beach. It's a long walk to the sea and there are no facilities but it's a vast stretch of golden soft sand so you can be half a mile from the nearest person even in high season.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Absolute beaut of a find! Gorgeous white sands and turquoise sea! Dog friendly all year round. Short walk from road parking, not suitable for disabled as very steep steps on entering the beach.

Thank Susie P
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely unspoilt beach with lots of room for the family to run around and enjoy themselves. It's extremely clean and even with a pushchair it's accessible if you are willing to cope with the narrow and sometimes bumpy paths.

Thank Simtel
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Just love this place , pure heaven , sandy beach which allows dog access all year . Colour of sea is astonishing .

Thank angelacM3524XC
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

If you want to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Cornwall avoid its flashier neighbours and visit Potthkidney. It is wide and wild, with a lack of commercial activity, a beautiful walking beach and a chance to blow away the cobwebs. A hidden gem.

Thank Susan D
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Hi I'm thinking of coming down in the summer for a weeks holiday with my 2 kids also my 2 dogs where is the best place to stay with a touring caravan thanks
18 April 2017|
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Response from Sarah J | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I don't know. We stayed on a campsite outside of st Ives (about 10minutes). I've only been there once and I'm going again in May but staying in a house rental in st Ives instead. I would imagine there lots of... More
Harry W
I'm visiting the local area in the summer, with my family. After 20 minutes of looking on google street view I can't find any designated parking areas. Could you tell me the best place to park when visiting Porthkidney Sands?
19 January 2015|
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Response from JuliaAW59 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I am aware there isn't any parking for Porth Kidney sands, it's a walk I'm afraid. We were staying at Carbis Bay so walked along the cliffs from our accommodation but there is public parking in Carbis Bay. I... More