Housel Bay beach lies just to the northeast of the Lizard Lighthouse on the South Cornwall coast. Sheltered by Lizard Point to the west and Pedn Olver to the east, this little southeast-facing beach of pale golden sand, is uncovered only at at low tide.
Despite its spectacular location, the beach is seldom busy - due to the steep path down from the South West Coast Path. It is overlooked to the west by the Lizard Lighthouse and to the east by the Housel Bay Hotel.
Snorkelling is possible at all states of the tide, but the beach is quite remote and extra care should be taken if entering the water here.
Parking and all the usual facilities are to be found in Lizard Village along with a number of shops and cafés. There are no restrictions for dogs.
The South West Coast Path runs behind the beach and is frequented by many day trippers as well as the more earnest rambler.
The views around this part of the peninsula can be truly stunning but if the weather turns there is also 'nowhere to hide', so it is always wise to take some sort of waterproof clothing if exploring away from the village centre.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
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:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: