The lovely thing about Cornwall is that a beach walk doesn’t only mean long strolls on the sand, it also means exploring all those coves and corners that make up the dramatic coastline. Readymoney Cove is one of those, and although the beach itself is tiny, the crystal waters and floating pontoon make it a fun spot for a dip. On a summer day you’ll see children swimming out to the pontoon, clambering on and leaping off into the emerald waters, so Readymoney Cove is a popular place to finish a walk around Fowey as you’ll be able to cool off in style.
Once you’re on the beach, look up above you and you’ll see the remains of St Catherine’s Castle, built by Henry VIII. The South West Coast Path leads up to the castle, so if you want to get a closer look you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic vantage points on the way up.
The cove is as quaint as the rest of Fowey, and the whole area is a favourite with walkers. Some of the streets may be a little on the steep side, but the unspoilt charm of this harbour town makes it a lovely alternative to some of the busier beach destinations in Cornwall. Visitors can also take the ferry across to the ancient fishing village of Polruan as the journey takes less than ten minutes. There is a car park close to Readymoney Cove, as well as toilets and there’s a dog ban between Easter and October.