High tide at Rinsey beach

We watched the last of the sandy beach vanish under the high tide with the imposing cliffs flanking the coveMaybe we should have checked the tide table before we set out because it was high tide when we reached Rinsey beach but we enjoyed watching the first big waves of autumn rolling across the cove for the afternoon anyway.

This September I want to show you some of the less publicised beaches in west Cornwall that are a little bit off of the beaten track so perfect for a quiet day beside the sea and so this week we went to the hidden gem that is  Rinsey Beach that is about a ten minute drive from us at Ednovean Farm. The breaking waves make this secluded unspoilt beach a popular spot for local surfers but there is also a great tidal pool – Ray Pool – to the east of the beach for less arduous bathing!


Explore Rinsey AONB

Explore the secret beach at Rinsey  with soft sand and imposing cliffs flanking the coveThe neat workmanlike National Trust car park above Rinsey beach has spectacular views all the way to the Lizard over the jagged projecting A view across tehhethland at Rinsey to the Lizard on the horizonheadlands along the bay as you would hope for in an Area of outstanding Natural beauty, with the long abandoned tin mine of Wheal Prosper presiding over the heathland to east. The mineral outcrop to the  east also makes part of the Rinsey East Cliff a site of Special Scientific Interest. All in all it is a great spot for a real taste of Cornwall with echoes of the tin mines that brought sudden wealth to the county before slipping back to slumber undisturbed over the centuries with the relentless rhythm of the surf below. 

Finding Rinsey Sat nav TR13 9SQ

Rinsey beach is just below Rinsey head tucked under the National Trust heathland between the harbour town of Porthleven and the popular expanse of golden beach of Praa SandsThe view to the west across Mounts bay from Rinsey

We took the A384 to Ashton before turning off along the lane marked Rinsey and forked right after about half a mile. Eventually we reached a little hamlet of Rinsey a settlement of two groups of houses and this is where the tricky bit comes in there are no signs that I could see but turn right again and you will spot a tiny worn National Trust sign saying “Rinsey head” this leads to the car park.

The path leads on through a gate and I always admire the old engine house of Wheal Prosper just ahead that I think was restored for the old Ross Poldark series. The path to the beach turns to the left though and zigzags down the steep coastal stoop with the final yards thorough a narrow cut in the rocks to the first of the rocky ledges.

This was as far as we reached on the day of our visit – as I said we should have checked the Tide times (!)  but it was still a blissful afternoon watching the rolling surf!!

We sat and watched the waves roll in to Rinsey at high tide

Watching the rolling surf

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About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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