2. Millendreath

Millendreath is a southerly facing cove to the East of Looe.

A stepped seawall separates the valley from the beach. A small stream runs down the valley onto the beach, is culverted through the seawall and discharges onto the beach. 

Landward of the seawall the valley floor is level and set to lawn to accommodate holiday chalets and car parking. There is no evidence of sand dunes.

On the western side, gabions structures support local facilities and on the eastern side a stone sea wall protects the road from active cliff erosion.  There is an old breakwater and enclosed area of the beach on the eastern side.

Walkover report and photos of 23 September 2021


Low-lying valley with increasing flood risk to assets and property due to SLR. Coastal squeeze.
Potential Actions
Assess how current grey static defences which are causing coastal squeeze could be replaced with a more dynamic sediment-based approach, allowing active beach area to be widened to improve future resilience
Community Groups
None identified
Key Stakeholders

Black Rock Beach Resort
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA03
SMP Policy Unit: PU3.2
SMP Policies:
  • Present - No Active Intervention
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 03

A link to the Millendreath page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.