This popular, small, sheltered, southeast-facing beach is a mixture of sand, shingle and shells. It is excellent for swimming and other watersports.
Water quality meets with European bathing water standards and the beach is cleaned daily in season.
Lifeguards: there are no lifeguards but watersports instructors are often on hand.
Dogs: banned from Easter Day to 30 September
Parking: Free 1 October to 31 March for up to 450 spaces
Other: watersports equipment, beach hut and deck chair hire available in season; childrens play area
Wheelchair access: firm, level access from car park across road to gently sloping sandy top of beach
Watersports: swimming, body boarding, snorkelling, dinghy sailing and kayaking.
Fishing: often restricted from the beach during the day due to water sports but the surrounding rocks provide angling for bass, wrasse, pollock and mackerel in summer.
Walking: South West Coast Path north to Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth (0.5 mile) and south to Maenporth beach (2 miles).
Other: an 18 hole crazy golf course is next to the car park.
Birdwatching: seabirds such as sandwich terns and gannets can often be seen from the beach. The nearby Swanpool lake is a Local Nature Reserve and has a good variety of resident birds and has built up a reputation for attracting many rare migrants.
Other: the lake was scheduled as a SSSI following the discovery of trembling sea mat, a group of primitive microscopic animals found nowhere else in the UK.
Swanpool is conveniently located close to a range of holiday accommodation. There is a wide selection of hotels, self-catering accommodation, bed and breakfasts, cottages, hostels, caravan and camping sites all within a few minutes walk or drive.
See our Falmouth accommodation page.
Grid reference: LR SW802312
Latitude/longitude: 50.140162N and 5.076485W
Post code: TR11 4EJ (for sat nav purposes)
Public transport: Falmouth Town railway station (see map) and bus stop serviced by Great Western Greyhound 500
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