Like Porthleven on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula, Cadgwith is often thought of as the 'quintessential Cornish fishing village'.
Cadgwith is actually TWO small beaches separated by a small narrow headland known as the Todden.
The main (north-eastern beach) known as 'Fishing Beach' is usually occupied by a number of brightly painted boats and is still very much a working beach. To the southwest lies Little Cove or Swimming Beach. The beaches consist of shingle and grey sand backed by a number of very picturesque thatched cottages.
There can be some good snorkelling to be had on the southern edge of the cove near the collapsed sea cave known locally as the 'Devil's Frying Pan', but there is no surf to speak of whatsoever. The beaches are often a good place for dinghy sailing and kayakers.
Dogs are permitted on Fishing Beach all year round but are banned on Swimming Beach from Easter Day to the end of October.
Facilities are available behind the beaches in a number of shops and cafés. Parking is best advised at the New Road car park about a quarter of a mile up the hill behind the village.
The whole Lizard Peninsula is an excellent place to take your holiday with a number of different places to visit within easy reach, including Cadgwith, Lizard Point, the coves of Porthallow and Porthkerris and the beaches of Kynance Cove and Kennack Sands.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Dogs on some parts of beach
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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