Here at Cosawes Barton we have been totally spoilt over lockdown to be able to go outside in our beautiful grounds and garden and have a real sense of freedom – which we know that many of our guests have not had. One thing we have missed though is being able to swim in our local pools – which for us forms an important part of our fitness regime. Many indoor pools remain closed – and many people (us included!) remain wary of going to an indoor pool anyway at the moment. Fear not! Whilst staying with us, there are many alternatives for outdoor swimming in Cornwall!

Gyllyngvase Beach Falmouth

Gylly is one of Falmouth’s most popular beaches – and only about a 15 minute drive from us here at Cosawes Barton. It is popular with families, great for water sports and just a ten-minute walk from Falmouth’s town centre. It is easily accessible, with a large car park nearby and a café on the beach. It is RNLI lifeguarded this summer – and is viewed as one of the safer beaches for a Cornish dip.

Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Penzance’s Jubilee Pool is just gorgeous! The pool is an art deco masterpiece and worth a trip just to look at… it is a sea water pool with a unique triangular shape – 100 metres at its longest point and 56 metres at its widest. There is also a learner pool, a geothermal pool, and a poolside café. Attendance is limited for this summer and your time slot can be pre-booked. The pool is closed for deep cleaning clean every Monday.  For further information or to book –

Photo credit – Polgoon Vineyard

Chapel Rock Tidal Pool, Perranporth

With St Piran’s flag flying ceremoniously on its summit, Chapel Rock on Perranporth beach is a recognisable feature on the 3-mile-long stretch of golden sand. Home to a natural open-air pool which is filled with sea water at high tide and warmed by the sun during the day, Chapel Rock is popular with families – so you may want to go early or later in the day. Please be aware of the tide as dangerous rips form here.

Children’s Pool, Cape Cornwall

To the west of Cape Cornwall is Priest’s Cove, a small fishing cove.  A small bathing pool has been carved out of the rocks is perfect for paddling in when the tide is out. When the tide is full, Priest’s Cove offers up fantastic snorkelling opportunities when the sea is calm. The beach has a small slipway still used by local fishermen and there is a National Trust car park nearby.

PLEASE NOTEOutdoor swimming in Cornwall is wonderful but can be dangerous – particularly if you are in the sea. Please be mindful of tides and weather conditions and follow all safety advice from the RNLI.