Veor Cove, Cornwall


Latitude:50° 19.44′ North
Longitude: 5° 58.17′ West
OS Grid:SW 444 388
Sat Nav Postcode:TR26 3BY


From St.Ives take the B3306 coast road to Lands End. After about five miles you arrive at the beautiful little village of Zennor. There is a car park just below the Tinners Arms and right next to the Backpackers. It costs £1 to park. Bus routes 507 & 508 go to Zennor.

Having left the car, walk up past the pub and turn left along the lane. Directions to the coastal path are clearly sign-posted. When you reach the coastal path turn left and make your way down the valley, past Pendour Cove and onto a smaller footpath leading to Veor Cove.


Veor Cove is incredibly sheltered in a prevailing south westerly and the waters are ideal for swimming and snorkelling during calm conditions. Just to the east of Veor Cove lies it’s younger sibling Pendour Cove, famous for the Mermaid of Zennor, that can only be reached by the more adventurous swimmers. The cove is usually filled with fine white sand but this can disappear during the winter months due to local storm activity. It must be noted that swimming during a dropping tide is inadvisable. Although technically a low-tide-only beach, explorers can retreat to grassy pastures above the cove as the tide pushes in, perfect for private picnics.


No facilities.

No restrictions on dogs.


  1. I visited this cove on a sunny day (Wednesday 22nd July) with a spring low tide at one o’clock. The pathway has been cut back so is now accessible. Due to the length of climb keep your hands free due to possibility of stumbling. Wear shoes that are suitable for rough terrain and boggy areas as streams crisscross the path. The final ten meters of path is difficult thus, you may need both hands to negotiate.
    About thirty people were on the beach at noon plus eight dogs. Most were couples with a few families with young children. The half dozen naturists were on the far left of the beach on sand but behind a natural rock barrier. The naturists entered the sea to swim but seemed not to enter the clothed area of the beach thus enhancing the zone. There was no visible animosity and conversations were taking place between both groups.
    By about four O’clock most of the families had left leaving the naturists and a few young couples to enjoy the cooling sunshine. Most left, the beach by five thirty as the beach is cut off from the path at high tide.
    The hike from Zennor is about 2km and takes about forty-five minutes down some very steep paths. So steep that in parts the national trust has provided hand rails. There is plenty of parking inside Zennor (Still £1 day) with lots of free road parking available directly outside the hamlet. Overall, on this particular day from parking to the hike and the beach itself everything seem to flow with ease and enjoyment. Zennor has a pub/cafe if one requires a repast.

  2. Does anyone have an update on this beach?
    I’m walking from St Ives to Penzance over a few days during mid April. It will be my first time in the area. Does anyone know if there are any beaches/coves on my route where I can get naked?
    Any info would be gratefully received.

  3. An attractive beach but we didn’t see any trace of a footpath and nobody using the beach on a hot summer’s day (although a weekday) in late July. The valley between the path and the beach is full of ferns, which would be a bit of a battle to get through too.

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