|OS Grid:||SW 804 305|
Arthur’s Beach (aka Sunny Cove) is situated 1 mile west of Swanpool Beach which is on the western outskirts of Falmouth. You park at Swanpool car park or for free if you rather around its perimeter, much of which is not double yellow lined. From here you proceed 200 metres westward to a bend on the hill. On this bend is a large entrance to the coastal footpath. Follow this footpath without deviating, no matter what the temptation to cut through undergrowth in the mistaken belief “I may be in the wrong place”. Just over half a mile along the coastal path you shall come across an obelisk, dedicated to the Home Guard of World War II. Eight feet beyond this on the opposite side of the path is another narrower path leading down toward the sea, follow this for 400 metres and you shall arrive at the outer edge of Arthur’s Beach. A small length of rope is there to help people get down the final 4 feet of path to the beach. Then head westwards to the first Naturist section frequented by “Old Boys” and couples and some topless young women. The second section requires you to walk to the end of this section and across a flat rocky outcrop which stretches for about 150 feet (this is only 5 feet high and very easy to traverse. This will bring you out on to a larger more spacious section which tends to be frequented by gay men, younger couples and sometimes a few clothed alternative young couples.
Updated access by Ian
The best method of reaching this beach has changed from the original description.
From Swanpool, after passing the WW2 monument, it is now best to ignore the first path down to the beach (roughly 10 metres past the monument) since it involves fighting through undergrowth and thick foliage for 10 minutes.
If instead you continue along the path to Maenporth eventually you’ll come across a different entrance that is only 1 minute to the beach, with far less fighting through thorns and nettles.
I marked the location of this new entrance on Google Maps
and also photographed what the entrance looks like:
Both sections are very pebbly so windbreaks or parasols don’t stick in the beach well, cut a carry-mat in half for each person going because the pebbles make it very lumpy, take a light camping style windbreak with pegs if you want privacy from the passing boats out at sea. Some boats have anchored up off the shore so the occupants can go nude swimming so they won’t be offended. It’s more small passing pleasure boats, but the occupants would need binoculars if they want to be offended. Oh yes and the beach is easily accessible to all but the physically disabled. Swimming is quite safe and is best carried out at the far western edge of the gay and young side.