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Beach & Surfing

Whitesand Bay is a beautiful crescent of golden sand stretching for over one mile between granite headlands.  

Backed by high sand dunes and with little development, it has a very natural and relaxed atmosphere.

The large tidal range produces an extensive beach of firm, fine sand at low tide, wonderful for sand castles and play, walking and relaxing.


The clear Atlantic waters have consistently met or exceeded the higher quality standard for bathing water in the Environment Agency’s annual tests.


A rocky outcrop divides Whitesand Bay into Sennen Beach and to the north, Gwenver Beach.  At low tide, the vast sands of the beaches join; when the tide is in, a short section of the South West Coastal Path links the beaches.


At the southern end of Sennen Beach, cafes, restaurants, the pub, galleries and shops gathered along the seafront provide everything needed for a great day at the beach. 


There is a lifeguard service on both beaches from May to September and, on Sennen Beach, over the Easter weekend as well.  Sennen Beach provides safe bathing within the flagged zones and the Atlantic swells provide excellent surfing. 


There is a surf and beach hire shop below the Restaurant on the beach where you can hire beginner surfboards, intermediate surfboards, wetsuits, body boards and fins. For those of you not wanting to go into the water there are deck chairs, sun loungers and windbreaks.  The conditions vary according to time and tide but waves can be found for all abilities whether novice, intermediate or expert.


Children have an absolute ball in the surf and the local surf schools offer great coaching to get them up and riding the rollers though of course just frolicking in the waves and body boarding will be excitement enough for some.If you’ve already got the surfing bug then this is the perfect place for you. If you’ve yet to try surfing then, in our opinion, there’s no better place to start…surfing.



If you are bringing your dog to Trewollas, please refer to our Dog-friendly page for information about these beaches.

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