A small sandy beach situated at the bottom of sheer cliffs. Nearby is Hell's Mouth, one of the regions most infamous suicide spots. The name Bassett's is derived from the wealthy local family who were the lords of the manor during the lucrative mining years. They were responsible for building the nearby Tehidy House and Country Park.
Formerly known as Spratting Cove, this cove was once worked as a stone quarry, with a horse-powered winding gear that was also used to raise the wreckage of the many ships that came to grief along this treacherous strip of coastline.
Head towards Hayle on the B3301 from Portreath. After about 2 miles turn left down a small (unmarked) lane on the right, just after a solitary square house on your right. You'll know you've gone too far if you see the Tehidy Woods sign on your left. Access to the beach is a fairly hazardous decent down a slippery cliff path. As the beach disappears at high tide it isn't ideal for everyone.
Swimming & Surfing
Bassetts faces more or less north so is cross-offshore in a south-westerly wind. It picks up less swell than most of the beaches along the north coast so places like Godrevy and Porthtowan need to be big before looking here.
The only time to surf at Bassetts is on a low tide as the beach tends to all but disappear at high tide.
There is a reasonably sized free car park right at the top of the cliff.
Dogs allowed at all times of the year
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