7. Swanpool

Swanpool is a south-easterly facing cove lying on the south coast between the Fal Estuary to the east and the Helford Estuary to the west.

The road and car park are on a sand bar that separates the beach from a lake that is also a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The beach is steep and relatively narrow. The sand is coarse with rounded pebbles above the strand line and finer with shelly fragments below the strand line.

There are no signs of active sand dune or related vegetation.

Rock armour protects the road on the west side and there is a vertical sea wall to protect from cliff erosion on the east side.

Walkover report and photos of 10 November 2021


Coastal squeeze, erosion and inundation threatens locally critical transport links and potential impacts on habitats.
Potential Actions
Innovative managed realignment schemes required to enable roll back, and increase extent of backshore, to deliver habitat improvement and to make transport links more resilient to coastal change.
Community Groups
Swanpool Forum.
Key Stakeholders

Cornwall Council.
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA13
SMP Policy Unit: PU13.3
SMP Policies:
  • Present - Hold the Line
  • Transition - Managed Realignment
  • Target - Managed Realignment
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 13

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