6. Pendower

This south facing beach lies within Gerrans Bay on the south coast, east of the Fal Estuary.

This small beach is connected to Carne Beach to the east, except at high tide.

There is a very small dune system with wetland vegetation behind the beach, where a stream runs onto the beach.

The sand is coarse and grey with bands of shingle.

A peat layer is present in the cliffs between Pendower and Carne beaches, with thick glacial Head material above.

There is evidence of active erosion along Carne Beach and sporadic rock armour and stone wall defences. There is a stream which enters the beach at Carne.

The are no coastal defences at Pendower but there is the ruin of an old building.

The coastal road access to the beach at Pendower is currently closed due to coastal erosion.

Walkover report and photos of 31 January 2022


Dune erosion, impacts on local tourism assets
Potential Actions
Develop better understanding of magnitude of future coastal change and dune migration.
Community Groups
Friends of Pendower Beach
Key Stakeholders

  • Pentewan Valley Parish Council
  • Pentewan Sands Holiday Park.
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA10
Pendower East
SMP Policy Unit: PU10.2
SMP Policies:
  • Present - Managed Realignment
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Pendower West
SMP Policy Unit: PU10.3
SMP Policies:
  • Present - No Active Intervention
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 10

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