Trebarwith Strand was a favourite landing place for smugglers bound for Jamaica Inn, bringing brandy and other contraband. They may have made use of the caves backing the long stretch of white sand which makes this spot so popular with present-day visitors. The beach is backed by cliffs, from where slate was once quarried, and there are waterfalls tumbling down towards the sea. On the horizon is a large lump of rock known as Gull Rock. The beach is popular with bodyboarders and surfers, and there is gear available to hire as well as a surf school. Anyone entering the water here should heed the signs warning of potential danger, including the danger of being swept off the rocks by the powerful waves prevalent on this stretch of coast. There is car parking and a pub with accommodation for anyone wanting to stay overnight, with the chance to experience the wonderful sunset. Up above the beach is the Trebarwith Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with bluebell woods and a nature trail. It made the news in 2014 with reports that Prince Charles was selling the valley, complete with an engine house and a waterfall, for £40,000.
Map of the area.