Discovering Cornwall: Swanpool Beach & Nature Reserve

Picture of a cafe on Swanpool beach in Cornwall, serving breakfasts, salads and smoothies. The cafe is full of people.

Swanpool Beach makes a great base for a day out. With easy parking and plenty of facilities, it’s ideal for the whole family.

The outdoor café has a great range of food, including soup, toasted ciabattas, baguettes, salads, jacket potatoes, smoothies and homemade cakes. Don’t miss the famous Swanpool ‘quirky’ ice cream – Cornish ice cream smothered with clotted cream and a choice of toppings, including the ‘Hedgehog’ (honey-roasted hazelnuts), ‘Jelly Belly’ (jelly babies – what else?) and ‘Caribbean Kiss’ (chunks of pineapple, papaya, mango and apricot) and more…


Swanpool Nature Reserve

The Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of wildlife. Over 100 species of bird can be spotted here, from mallards, swans and coots to regular visitors like great crested grebe, tufty ducks, cormorants and siskins. You can even buy special food to feed the waterfowl at the car park hut.
The pool itself is has both fresh and salt water, and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as it is home to the UK’s only trembling sea mat (a group of primitive microscopic animals called bryozoa which live in underwater colonies).

Walking near Swanpool

Swanpool coast path Swanpool is right on the South West Coast Path. Turn left for a stroll to nearby Gyllyngvase Beach, where you’ll find another fantastic child-friendly cafe. You can continue on from Gylly along the seafront past the grand Victorian hotels towards Pendennis Castle on the headland. Alternatively, if you turn right at Swanpool you can follow the coast path towards Maenporth and Helford Passage for beautiful views across the water.

There’s also a gentle 4.5 mile walk around the Nature Reserve where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area and look out for wildlife. Kingfishers are often spotted in this area – watch out for a flash of turquoise close to the water’s edge.


Elemental UK are based right on the beach and offer a variety of options for coastal adventures under the guidance of qualified instructors. Choose from sailing, kayakaking, canoeing, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding and more…

Kayak Hire

You can also hire single or double sit-on kayaks if you fancy venturing out independently and exploring the nearby area – there’s a beautiful cove, caves and a secret beach just waiting to be discovered.

Crazy Golf

The 18-hole crazy golf course is open all year round and offers a challenge for kids and adults alike.

Swanpool crazy golf

Getting there

Swanpool Beach is just outside Falmouth and approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Bosinver. Parking is available in the car park just across the road from the beach.

Swanpool Beach, Swanpool, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5BG

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