Lantic Bay

South Cornwall

The twin beaches of Great and Little Lantic sit side by side on the coastline between Polruan and Looe. They're remote, but worth the effort to reach, with soft sand, good wild swimming and usually not too many people. Access is via a steep trail from the coast path.

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