"I think its a magical garden, I love it" Alice, aged 9
Polgwidden Cove, is south-facing and tidal, it is the perfect halfway point to rest and enjoy the view. A small, narrow passageway of steps takes you over the South West Coast Path and onto the private beach. The view opens up a wonderful maritime scene, of small sailing boats moored in the waters, a shingle beach and rock pools. A perfect place to skim stones.
In 1944, the beach was used as an embarkation point for a regiment of 7,500 of the 29th US Infantry Division for the assault landing on Omaha beach, part of the D -Day Landings.
At the end of the war there was a succession of changes of ownership. The Martin family cleared the moor at the bottom and introduced the massed planting of Hydrangeas.
The Boathouse is situated on the beach, this was originally built by the racing driver and designer of Healey cars, Donald Healey, to store his boats when he lived at Trebah in the 1960s. Donald Healey was also responsible for removing the infrastructure and concrete installed during WW2 and undertaking improvements to the lower lakes.
The Boathouse Cafe serves fresh coffee, a range of teas and the famous RoskillyÙs Cornish ice-cream in crunchy wafer cones. The Boathouse Cafe is open from March to September, subject to weather conditions.
Buckets and spades can be borrowed or purchased from the Boathouse during opening times.
Dogs are welcome on the beach, but must be under supervision and on a lead at all times please.