Bassets cove


Latitude:50° 24.98′ North
Longitude: 5° 31.47′ West

Bassetts Cove aka Spratting Cove which is on North Cliffs, just around the corner from Portreath is a small sandy beach situated at the bottom of sheer cliffs. It is a tiny sandy beach between Godrey and Portreath. There’s a free car park at the top of the cliff with views over looking the beach and a steep slope down to the beach.


Leaving Portreath, travel towards Hayle on the B3301, after a really steep hill, turn right along an uneven lane to a large car park above Bassetts Cove. Turn right (north) and walk along the South West Coastal footpath for about fifteen to twenty minutes where it is possible to climb down the cliff, over shale, to reach Samphire Island. At the right state of the tide it is possible to climb around to the left to a little sandy cove. Continue along the beach and you will arrive at Bassetts Cove, directly underneath the car park where you left the car.


There are no facilities, no lifeguard and dogs are allowed all year round.


A word of caution though; this certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, unagile or unfit. It is quite tricky but well worth it on the right day with the right tides. You are unlikely to meet anyone else and can have a good some great sunbathing but do make sure you keep a very wary eye on those tide tables the beach can disappear!

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  1. Local surfers regularly traverse the steep path that turns to a shale scree slope towards the bottom with their surfboards but take head of the write-up. It is not an easy route. Also, since the winter storms the rocks are exposed all along the waters edge, making swimming difficult. Whilst the beach is fairly secluded beneath the cliffs, the cliff faces are all eroding so make sure you are clear of any potentially falling rocks. Beaches further along tend to be better. This one gets the sun for the greater part of the day.

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