Gunwalloe Church Cove
Gunwalloe Church Cove is an unusual beach in that there is a church set below the low cliffs of Castle Mound at its northern end. The 15th Century church of St.Winwaloe with its small graveyard is in itself unusual as it has a detached bell tower.
Gunwalloe Church Cove is located on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula roughly midway between Helston and Lizard Point. It is a popular south west facing beach of sand, rocks and pebbles. Just to the northwest lies the slightly rockier Dollar Cove or Jangye-Ryn, with lots to interest the keen geologist or explorer. The name Dollar Cove comes from the fact that a Portuguese ship carrying treasure sank here in the sixteenth century. Also in 1783 another ship carrying silver dollars was wrecked nearby. Many have searched for the treasure but as yet no-one has found anything significant.
On the main beach at Gunwalloe Church Cove, there is a large expanse of golden sand at low tide. A large car park is situated just a short stroll from the beach at Winnianton Farm. Both beaches are in the stewardship of the National Trust. There is safety/rescue equipment at Gunwalloe Church Cove and there is a Lifeguard Service during July and August. Swimming is not advised, especially at low water and bathing should only be undertaken when the beach safety flags and lifeguards indicate it is safe to do so.
The beach is backed by Mullion Golf Course and there are fine walks northwest over Halzephron Cliffs, along the South West Coast Path to Gunwalloe Fishing Cove, Loe Bar and Pool and ultimately Porthleven. To the south east lies Poldhu Cove, made famous by Marconi, Mullion Cove and ultimately Kynance Cove and Lizard Point.
Dogs are not permitted at Church Cove from Easter Day until the beginning of October, from 7.00am to 7pm. Dogs are permitted all year round at Dollar Cove however.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ 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:
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