British Beaches

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Gorran Haven - Vault Beach Beach

St Austell, Cornwall

Sheltered on the eastern side of Dodman Point. Vault Beach is a sweep of sand and shingle below steep bracken and heather covered cliffs. It is a good safe beach for children with gently shelving sand. The nearby cliffs rise to an impressive 110 metres.

Beach Type

sand & shingle


There are no beach facilities


The beach is used for swimming and surfing (more experienced surfers only)
There is no zoning for water sports activities
There is occasional gig racing and a Harbour Day / Carnival in June each year in the village

Nature and Wildlife

The Cornish Coast Path crosses the beach. There are some good rock pools on the beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

There is no beach cleaning at the beach and no litter bins.


Dogs are allowed. but there are no dog bins.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre By-pass Garage Southbourne Rd St Austell PL25 4RS Tel: 01726 879 500


Nearest town: St Austell
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2343, -4.78658
Postcode: PL26 6JS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around St Austell, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Take the B3273 to Mevagissey and then follow signs for Gorran Haven. The beach is best approached from the village. as the road from the other direction is extremely narrow. To get to the beach. there is access via the coastal path from Gorran Haven.

Public Transport

Bus route 526

Nearest Railway Stations

St Austell (Approx. 7 miles away)
Par (Approx. 9 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


The National Trust car park is signed on entry to the village and there are around 50 spaces. although there are no disabled spaces.

Nearby Car Parks

Lamledra, Gorran Haven (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Canton, Gorran Haven (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Dodman Point, Penare (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Portmellon Road, Mevagissey (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
West Wharf, Mevagissey (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Caerhays Beach, East Portholland (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
River Street, Mevagissey (Short stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Church Street, Mevagissey (Short stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Chapel Square, Mevagissey (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Valley Road, Mevagissey (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Austell