Pendower & Carne

Beach Overview

This can be a real gem on those Easterly and South Easterly Days. A very secluded beach at high tide but when the tide drops it joins with its neighbour at Carne beach to produce a beautiful stretch of sand. The best time to kite here is in the two or three hours either side of low tide.

The beach will hold a wave at low tide with the waves wrapping around the Nare Headland to the East. This does often lead to quite a serious sideways current that moves anyone loitering on the inside towards the rocks on the right of the beach. If you are less competent I would suggest walking your way up the beach towards Carne to give yourself that little bit extra margin for error.

For non kiters there are plenty of stunning coastal walking either side of this location. A Cornish Cream Tea (#JamFirst) at the Nare Hotel on the cliffs between the two beaches is an absolute joy and it is perfect viewpoint to enjoy the views across Gerrans Bay towards Portscatho and the Roseland Peninsula.

Scope the beach when you first visit and note the various rocks dotted along the beach as the tide comes in and get a feel for the issues that you could encounter if you come in on the rocky shoreline to the west.

This beach is popular with many beachgoers in the summer and on the lighter wind days it can be a great bay to cruise around on a twin tip or foil as the wind comes in from the South to South West. From these directions you are probably better to launch from the Carne (more easterly car park)



Easterly, South Easterly


From Easterly through South Westerly to Northerly


Kite three hours either side of LOW tide


Watch out for some smaller rocks on the beach as the tide comes in between Pendower and Carne. The shore line to the West is rocky and a place you do not want to end up in! There is often a persistent current ripping down the beach from the Carne End taking you towards the Rocks



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Location, Parking & Access


A National Trust Beach Car Park with a pay and display machine.


From the car park there is a short flat stroll through the dunes at the back of the beach.

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