Lamorna Cove lies on the South coast of Cornwall west of Mousehole and east of Porthcurno.
Arguably one of the prettiest coves in Cornwall, the beach at Lamorna Cove is southeast facing and consists mainly of rounded pebbles and rocks, protected on its southwestern side by a small quay. At low tide a little sand may be revealed.
The beach is relatively sheltered and is popular with swimmers, snorkelers and even scuba divers, under the right conditions.
Known in Cornish as ’Nansmornow’, the cove holdes a special place in the hearts of many Cornish folk through the popular folk song 'Away down to Lamorna'. The surrounding area has also been the location of a number of movies over the years.
Many people get their first glimpse of Lamorna Cove whilst passing through on the South West Coast Path. There are a number of hidden coves and small beaches dotted along the coast to west and east although many involve a scramble to reach them.
Surf rescue equipment is provided here. Other facilities include refreshments and toilets at the 'Lamorna Wink' pub, an excellent base from which to explore this part of the Penwith penisula.
Incidentally, the Lamorna Wink was one of the original Kiddleywinks – alehouses that could be opened by anyone willing to pay the £20 required by the Beer Act of 1830. Spirits were banned but a 'wink' would get you a contraband brandy over the counter.
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✔ Interesting geology
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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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