Talland Bay, near Polperro, Cornwall, boasts two sheltered, sand and shingle beaches – Talland Sand and Rotterdam Beach – in an area once synonymous with smuggling. Talland Bay is one of Cornwall’s most unspoilt areas, and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
At low tide the beaches reveal rock pools to explore. Swimming is relatively safe in the bay due to its sheltered location. Fishing and diving are also popular pastimes. Of the two beaches, the western-most is the sandier. The picturesque fishing village of Polperro can be reached on foot via the South West Coast Path (roughly a 2 mile walk). Looe is around 3 miles in the opposite direction.
A car park, shop, café and toilet facilities are situated by the western beach, from where the beach is easily accessible (with disabled access). The eastern beach also boasts a car park and restaurant, but access to the eastern beach involves steps. The beaches are dog-friendly.