Coverack lies on the east coast of the Lizard Peninsula. The fishing village is sheltered by the headlands of Chynalls Point and Dolor Point to the south and Lowland Point to the northeast. The main beach is southeast facing and stretches from the small harbour north east in a crescent to the rocks at Pedn-myin. At high tide there is little beach available but as it recedes rocks, sand and shingle patches are uncovered.
South of Dolor Cove lies Perprean Cove, a small rocky east facing cove; whilst south of Chynhalls Point, (pronounced Sh'nalls Point) lies Porthbeer Cove - also known as Meres Cove and Meres Beach. The coast around here and Treleaver to the south is popular with anglers as well as people enjoying the South West Coast Path.
There are some fine walks south and west around Black Head towards Cadgwith and also to the northeast around Lowland Point, passing Dean Quarry (Gabbro) and Godrevy Cove, Manacle Point. Further along the path lie the fishing villages of Porthoustock (Pro'Stock) and Porthallow (Pr'alla).
For sport enthusiasts there is a Diving Centre at Porthkerris Cove near the old MOD observation post and the coast makes for some fine running opportunities.
There is safety equipment near the harbour but there is no lifeguard cover. The main beach is safe for bathing and swimming on an incoming tide and is popular with surf kite enthusiasts as well as small craft such as dinghies and kayaks. In high summer it is possible to hire sailboards. Coverack is a fine base to use for diving and snorkelling, with snorkelling best especially between Dolor Point and Chyhnalls Point.
There a range of shops at Coverack from wetsuit hire to cafes and restaurants although not all may be open out of season. There is an inn above Dolor Point called the Paris Hotel, named after the liner 'SS Paris' which ran aground on the headland on Whit Monday, 1899.
Dogs are permitted all year around and there are seasonal toilets next to the main parking area (capacity about 120 cars) at the entrance to the village as well as opposite the Harbourmaster's office above the Harbour which are open all year.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Total dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston
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