Cornwall

Kynance Cove, the Lizard

Situated at the far end of the Lizard, not far from Lizard Point, this lovely spot is just perfect for a beachy day. With a National Trust run car park, there’s plenty of parking and it’s a glorious cliff top walk down to the white sandy beach, fabulous rock formations and incredible caves. If you’ve forgotten your picnic, don’t worry – there’s a fab cafe for tummy-filling goodies.

The cliffs are dramatic and home to lots of bird life, wheeling low over the waves....

Whether it’s a wild-and-woolly day in winter or a sunshiny summer’s day, Kynance Cove is a simply incredible beach to visit and a must do when on the Lizard. Located a couple of miles from Lizard Point, access to the beach is via a narrow road which leads to a National Trust run car park.

After you’ve parked up, it’s a ten to fifteen minute walk over the headland, where the grass is kept low by the resident free-ranging cows. In late summer the area is covered in a swathe of purple heather, a striking contrast against the blue of the sea and sky and the green grass making it a favourite spot for photographers. The cliffs are dramatic and home to lots of bird life, wheeling low over the waves – watch out for Cornwall’s national bird, the elusive Chough.

To get to the beach, it’s a steep walk down via a stone path and steps – so little ones and those unsteady on their legs should take care. Once on the blissful white sands, you’ll easily find a good spot to set up camp.

Unlike most other beaches, this one is dotted with fast serpentine rock formations, so offer some privacy and shade, whilst there are caves (with names such as The Parlour and The Drawing Room) to explore at low tide.

If you haven’t packed your own picnic (though we recommend you do), there’s a great eco-cafe to the back of the beach, selling Cornish pasties (of course), sandwiches, cream teas and ice creams as well as beach essentials just in case you’ve forgotten to bring your bucket and spade.

Even at high tide or if the sea is a bit choppy, Kynance Cove is worth visiting; the South West Coastal Path runs over the cliffs and it’s a spectacular two mile walk around the coast to Lizard Point.

Dogs are welcome on the beach except between Easter Sunday and the 30th September when the seasonal dog ban is in place.

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Kynance Cove, The Lizard, Cornwall TR12 7PJ 

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