UK Nude Beach - Pednevounder in Cornwall

Difficult to get to but worth the trouble for nude and clad bathers

Pednevounder Beach South Cornwall
••• Pednevounder Beach and Logan Rock. J Shepherd / Getty Images

Pednevounder, near the westernmost tip of Cornwall, was named one of the top five nude beaches in Britain by the authors of Bare Britain. Getting to it is a hard scramble but once there, both clothed and nude bathers - who share this unoffical beach in about equal numbers - are glad of the effort. The water is crystal clear and, for British waters, shallow and sunwarmed.

Pednevounder Nude Beach Essentials

  • Description: The nude beach is notable for its outstanding rock formations, the cliffs of Treryn Dinas and Logan Rock, a famous, 80 ton rock that is naturally balanced about 100 feet above the sea. The yellow sand of this nude beach is almost underwater at high tide though at low tide there is a wide, shallow area. The beach is close to Treen, on the south coast of Cornwall. It's a popular vacation area so if you are planning to visit, make accommodation or campsite reservations early.
  • To Bare or Not: Pednevounder's fans are a mixture of dressed bathers (or textiles as some nudists prefer to call them) and nudists. This is an unofficial nudist beach but apparently a very tolerant place. Just keep nude beach etiquette in mind and you should be fine whatever you choose to wear.
  • Facilities: The beach as no facilities but there is a show where you can buy drinks, snacks and souvenirs in the village of Treen.
  • Warnings: Getting to this beach involves some very steep paths and scrambling down a narrow path. This is not a beach for anyone who is afraid of heights and who can't manage steep descents over loose, rocky paths. Several sandbars emerge along this beach at low tide. Signs along the beach warn about dangerous currents for swimmers in certain areas.The beach is dog friendly but I've heard reports of some dogs refusing to take on the last, steep part of the path.
  • Getting there: Head for Penzance, near the tip of Cornwall and pick up the A30 dual carriageway heading west. About 4 miles from Penzance, look for the B3283 south, Penzance Road. After just under 3.5 miles, bear left onto the B3315 and look for signs for Treen. There is pay and display parking in Treen.

    From the parking, follow signs for Treen campsite and head past it for the coastal path. Look for a path that forks off the main path and is closer to the cliffs. A third, narrow path heads downward over rocks to the beach. The last bit of this path is not for anyone afraid of heights or steep scrambles.

    The walk from the car park to the beach takes about 45 minutes. 

    It is possible to walk along the sands from Porthcurno Beach at low tide but when the tide rolls in, there is only the steep cliff path route out.