Metal detecting on Cornwall Council beaches

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Metal detecting is permitted on Council owned beaches.  There is a list below.  You do not need a permit to do this.

Where a beach is leased out we advise you to seek permission from the beach leaseholder as well. In most instances they will manage the café on site.

Metal detecting is not permitted on beaches which have an SSSi (Site of Special Scientific Interest) attached to them. Therefore if it is not on the list below it either has an SSSi or is a private beach. Where the Council only own between MHW (mean high water) – MLW (mean low water) then permission from the landowner above this point is also required. 

You can view a map of beaches owned by Cornwall Council and those owned privately

Council owned beaches this activity is suitable on are: 

  • Long Rock
  • Wherrytown
  • St Ives Harbour
  • Porthmeor (leased out)
  • Porthminster (leased out)
  • Porthgwidden (leased out)
  • Praa Sands (MHW – MLW)
  • Gyllyngvase (leased out)
  • Castle Beach (leased out)
  • Swanpool (leased out)
  • Porthtowan
  • Portreath (only right hand side of watercourse is owned by CC)
  • Widemouth (only North of Black Rock is permitted)
  • Harlyn
  • Treyarnon (MHW – MLW)
  • Porthcothan (MHW – MLW)
  • Mawgan Porth (MHW – MLW)
  • Whipsiderry (but not on the cliffs)
  • Porth (but not on Trevelgue Head)
  • Tolcarne (MHW – MLW)
  • Great Western (MHW – MLW)
  • Towan (MHW – MLW)
  • Little Fistral
  • Fistral (MHW – MLW)
  • Downderry
  • Seaton
  • Hannafore
  • Readymoney
  • Par
  • Porthpean 

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