Updated: Jan 16
The long stretch of sand at Kennack is our ‘home’ beach. It’s just a short walk from your cottage and provides year-round fun for all. The sandy West beach is lifeguarded during the summer months and has two cafés, a car park and toilets. The East beach, which is a little more pebbly, is dog-friendly all year round so ideal if you are on holiday with your furry friend! Both beaches offer plenty of rock pooling and sandcastle building fun.
Often referred to as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Lizard peninsula, Kynance is popular with walkers and beach goers alike. Access is via one of two footpaths that lead from a National Trust car park (with toilets) and there is a pretty café at the back of the beach. At low tide there are caves to explore to the right hand side of the cove, but ensure you always check tide times first to avoid being cut off. Although this is a very popular beach, the waters can be very dangerous when there are rough seas or when a swell is running causing dangerous currents, and it is not lifeguarded.
Poldhu is a favourite beach with locals and visitors alike. Lots of soft sand, which is revealed at low tide, makes this popular with families, especially as the beach is lifeguarded during peak times. There is a car park, toilets and a very popular café at the back of the beach. When the wind, tide and swell align this is a popular surfing beach. If you fancy a go, then Dan Joel Surf School is operated from the back of the beach with lessons and board hire available.
Just over the hill from Poldhu, you’ll find Church Cove. Sometimes a little less sandy than Poldhu, this is still a popular bathing spot. There is a National Trust car park, takeaway café and toilets just a short walk from the beach. The beach is also adjacent to Dollar Cove, named after the silver dollars that have occasionally been found there from the wreck of a 17th century ship. This is a rather pebbly beach but a great place to explore rock pools and search for treasure!
Cadgwith is a quintessential fishing village and actually has two beaches separated by a headland known as the Todden. Fishing beach is where the local fishing boats are launched and landed, while the smaller, locally-known ‘little’ beach has lots of rock pools and is great for a dip when the water is calm. It is a pebble beach so a comfortable mat is advised. There is parking a short walk away plus toilets, a shop, a café and a pub in the village.
For the more adventurous, Lankidden is a true hidden gem. Reached via a walk along the South West Coast Path from Kennack Sands, you have to scramble down a steep track to get to it, so it's not for the faint hearted. It's best visited at low tide when an expanse of golden sand is revealed.