Greenbank Cove


Latitude:50° 24.47′ North
Longitude:  5° 32.46′ West
OS Grid:SW63034360

Greenbank Cove is halfway between Fishing Cove Beach and Basset Cove and accessible from the large car park west of the Basset Cove car park (at the end of two fields).


Head towards Hayle on the B3301 from Portreath. After about 2 miles turn left down a small (unmarked) lane on the right. You’ve gone too far if you reach Hell’s Mouth!

Walk back from the car park towards Basset and 1/3 of the way along the first field you will see a number of yellow wooden stakes along the clifftop warning of a recent collapse. To the eastern side of this there is a steep bank that leads to a winding path that takes you down to the beach. The path is the most dangerous of the three along this stretch of coast as there are a couple of cliff collapses and an underground stream, but it is fairly well-worn.

There is a point towards the bottom of a natural bowl in the cliff where the path has gone. Make your way up to the right, over the heath and grass to the steep, grassy bank on the far (eastern) side. Here you will find a rope that will lead you down until you are on the rocks above the cliff. There is another rope further down these rocks but the best option is to scramble over the boulders on to the beach, provided they are not wet.

At low tide, this is by far the biggest expanse of sand of the three beaches (Fishing, Basset and Greenbank) and the best swimming (although be aware of the possibility of strong currents as there are no lifeguards) but at high tide it is totally cut off and often submerged. The trickiest route of the three, but it is very private and secluded and benefits from the sun from mid-morning onwards.


Summer dog ban. The nearest facilities are at Godrevy on the road to Gwithian (café 1.5kms and seasonal toilets 2kms) and a pub at Gwithian. There is no safety equipment or lifeguard service at the beach.

Thanks to Panaturist for details

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