Kynance Cove is in our opinion one of the finest beaches in Cornwall.
Situated on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula in South West Cornwall the sandy beach is largely covered at low tide, leaving just a few coarse pebbles high up in the cove. When the water recedes the beach at Kynance Cove really unfolds: It is then possible to explore a number of the caves and the bases of the serpentine rock stacks.
The rocks known as Asparagus Island, Gull Rock and the Bishop are very photogenic, set in a shallow jade coloured sea. Kynance Cove is recorded as being a favourite with beachgoers since Victorian times.
At lower states of the tide the sandy area spreads forming effectively two beaches. One facing south and the other facing west. Dependent on conditions it is therefore possible to find a sheltered spot to enjoy the beach before exploring the rocks, pools or taking a swim. The beaches are quite flat and level so an eye should be kept on the state of tide at all times to ensure that you are not cut off by the incoming tide.
Bathing and swimming is good and is best advised on a rising tide. It is possible to surf but is more commonly used by body boarders. Again care should be taken at low tide.There is no lifeguard cover. Safety equipment is sited above the beach on the path.
There is a large car park run by the National Trust on top of the cliffs and a small cafe with toilets behind the cove. A wide track wends its way down from the car park and offers some excellent viewpoints from which to take photographs of this stunning area. A seasonal dog ban operates at Kynance Cove from Easter to October 1st.
There are all the usual facilities in Lizard Village about a mile away and some excellent walks south passing Pentreath beach and Holestrow on your way to Lizard Point or north over Kynance Cliff and The Rill towards Predannack and Mullion Cove. The cliffs around Kynance are also part of the Lizard National Nature Reserve.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston
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