|Latitude:||50° 23.72′ North|
|Longitude:||5° 37.34′ West|
This is a beautiful little cove on the north coast of Cornwall near Navax Point and not too far from St. Ives. The access is described as “fairly good” – and better than may naturist beaches. There are rock pools at either side of the beach.
Follow the B3301 from Hayle towards Portreath. Immediately after the single track bridges turn left down a lane to the National Trust car park (£1.50, members free). Park in the field at the end. The path round the headland goes from the far side, and the one across the headland from the right hand corner. It is a 2km, lovely walk to the east across the headland and along the coast path. Going round the headland adds 500m. As you approach the cove you will see the path down the cliffs to the beach.
Alternatively, continue along the B3301 for another 1.4km to a small, free, National Trust car park that is only a couple of hundred metres from the cove. Walk west along the coast path to the path down to the beach.
Dogs are permitted. The nearest facilities are at Godrevy on the road to Gwithian (café 1.7kms and seasonal toilets 2.2kms) and a pub at Gwithian.
There is no safety equipment or lifeguard service at the beach. There are differing views on the safety of swimming but usually when swell and surf permit it can be undertaken with care on a rising high tide but not at low water.
The path is fairly steep and the steps are not good, but it is not difficult however, the path does require care when wet.
Conditions can be good for both body-boarding and surfing at Fishing Cove but the narrowness of the inlet and rocks mean that care has to be taken. Snorkelling can be quite good when calm conditions prevail in summer although.
Due to the aspect and cliffs there can be areas of shade on the beach but this can be an advantage if it is hot, particularly when climbing the steep path from the beach back up the cliffs.