Swanpool Beach is a lovely soft sand and shingle beach that looks out to Falmouth bay but feels way out of the hustle and bustle of Falmouth’s town beaches, despite the fact that it’s right around the corner from the town’s main waterfront.
At the beach you’ll find an outdoor cafe, crazy golf course as well as water-sports and kayak hire from Elemental UK. The bay is sheltered so is often a safe place for swimming making the beach popular with families who are looking for a relaxed beach day.
There’s a large car park right next to the beach, so even on busy days you shouldn’t have a problem parking. Dogs are welcome on this beach except between July 1st and 31st August (10am-6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place (2022).
Whilst you’re there we also recommend that you take the trip over the road to visit the adjoining Swanpool nature reserve. The large area of fresh and salt water is home to a mixture of wildlife including ducks, and yes, you guessed it, swans. The lake is manmade, the result of the culvert built to between the sea and the lake in the 1920s which in turn increased the marsh area through the woodland to the northwest. It’s created a unique habitat that’s now home to regular visitors like great crested grebe and tufty ducks, siskins and kingfishers. The winged residents feast on the good supply of food provided by the fish and eels that enter the pool through the culvert, the larvae in the mud, and the insects that are harboured in the reed beds at the margins of the pool. You can learn more about the Swanpool Nature Reserve here.