Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Vault Beach - Gorran Haven

Cornwall (south coast)


Pretty coarse sand beach backed by steep sloping hill. Easy path down.

Vault Beach is located in an area of National Trust-owned land at Dodman Point, south of St Austell. Nude use of the far end of the beach has continued for many years. The beach itself is [I am informed] privately owned.

Getting There

Satnav: PL26 6JS

Gorran Haven is reached via the B3273 south from St Austell. The road passes Mevagissey and becomes unclassified before reaching the village. From Gorran Haven drive or walk to Lamledra - up a steep hill with 'No Through Road' signs and continue west to the National Trust car park and the Youth Hostel. From here a public footpath runs down to Vault beach. Once on the beach walk to its south-western end - nearest Dodman Point


This part of the Cornish coast is beautiful, comparatively unspoiled and well looked after. The beach consists of coarse sand, with some rocks and backed by steep slopes rising high above the sea. Fine sand may be found at low tide. Good swimming. The beach ends in a rocky foreshore that goes south west and west to Dodman Point a mile away. A good beach for those with children.


There are no toilets in Lamledra or in the National Trust carpark, the nearest facilities, toilets, shops etc. are in Gorran Haven.



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