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Sea pools in Cornwall

Cornwall's coastline is dotted with natural sea pools, inviting you to indulge in the refreshing ocean waters. Whether you seek an immersive saltwater swim or simply fancy dipping a toe in, a visit to a sea pool is a wonderful way to embrace Cornish life. The benefits of wild swimming are much talked about, from calming the mind to rejuvenating the body, connecting you with nature as you unwind and experience pure relaxation, whilst the sea water works its magic.

Bude Sea Pool, Summerleaze Beach

Waves rolling past Bude Sea Pool at high tide

Tucked under the cliffs of the breathtaking Summerleaze beach, and constructed in the 1930s, Bude Sea Pool's man-made wall seamlessly merges with the natural coastline and magnificent landscape. Steps take you from the sandy shores to the shimmering ocean pool, gently warmed by the Cornish sun. This semi-natural tidal pool provides a safe and sheltered haven for those seeking the joy of wild swimming. After a dip, take a rejuvenating walk along the coastal paths or canalside for and enjoy the beautiful scenery of north Cornwall.

Chapel Rock Sea Pool, Perranporth Beach

View of Chapel Rock Sea Pool on Perranporth beach in Cornwall

Nestled behind Perranporth's famous Chapel Rock, the tidal pool offers an idyllic dip amidst three miles of sandy beach. Filled by the ebb and flow of the tides, this enchanting pool is part-natural, part man-made, and offers a delightful spot for a swim. Popular with both families and locals, swimmers grace its waters throughout the year…whatever the weather! However, keep an eye on the tide schedule, as high tides may submerge the rocks and cut off access to the sea pool.  

Porthtowan Tidal Pool, Portreath Beach

Hidden at the foot of the rugged cliffs and historic harbour wall of Porthtowan beach and sheltered from view by rocky outcrops and natural boulders, this tidal pool can be hard to find! Only accessible at low tide, it’s the ideal spot for a peaceful dip with stunning views across the beach.  

Porthtowan Tidal Pool, Cornwall

Tidal Baths, Portreath Beach

Said to have been formed when a local blew up the rock face with dynamite to build a pool, the tidal baths at Portreath are made up of this sea pool and a number of smaller mermaid pools that are hidden along the cliffs… the bath-sized pools are known as Lady Bassett’s Baths, a great spot for a relaxing soak. Handcrafted in the 19th century for Lady Frances Bassett, an early pioneer of the benefits of seawater and wild swimming. 

Mousehole Rock Pool, Mousehole

Perfect for paddling, and ideal for children, the rock pool at Mousehole is a shallower lagoon, nestled in the rocks just five minutes’ walk from the picturesque harbour. As you walk the beautiful coastline, it’s the perfect pit stop for a refreshing paddle.

The tidal pool at Mousehole, Cornwall

The Rock Pool, Treyarnon Bay

A sanctuary for swimmers, the shimmering pool in the rocks appears as you stroll from Constantine Bay towards Treyarnon Bay on the rugged north coast. Completely covered when the tide comes ashore, check your tide times before heading off for a refreshing swim.  

Priests Cove Tidal Pool, Cape Cornwall

Known as the Children's Pool, this saltwater oasis is a hidden haven, tucked within the rocky formations of Cornwall’s most westerly cove, Cape Cornwall. Shallower at one end, perfect for paddling, whilst deeper at the other, where you can fully immerse yourself in the tranquil waters.

Fishing boats on the slipway to Priests Cove Tidal Pool

Chapel Pool, Polperro

A secluded gem on Cornwall’s south coast; after making your way down the rocky cliff path, you’ll find this beautifully positioned pool. Shallow at one end, ideal for dipping your toes, and deeper at the other, for those who want to jump in! Lie back in the natural pool and admire the views! 

Please check the tide times before you visit any of Cornwall’s magnificent sea pools. If you’re craving some vitamin sea, explore our collection of holiday cottages by the sea and start planning your wild swimming adventures. 

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