A walk around Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

An award winning beach of spectacular beauty really near the southernmost tip of The Lizard peninsula.  As well as Poldark, this location has also been used as the backdrop for the TV adaptation of the Agatha Christie story And Then There Were None, starring Aidan Turner and Charles Dance. There are lovely walks from here around to The Lizard Peninsula and the Kynance Cove cafe is dog friendly, although there is a dog ban in place on the beach in the summer.


To find Kynance Cove follow signs from Helston to The Lizard and there is a small right hand turn to the beach just before the first houses of Lizard Village (also known as Llandewedenack).




This walk is seven miles and takes two hours and 20 minutes., it is steep in places. If this walk is too much, you can take a gentle, surfaced route down from the National Trust car park to the cafe and back.

Start at the National Trust Kynance Cove car park and follow the signs along the South West Coast Path towards Lizard Point (with the sea on your right) 

Follow the cliff path, passing Pentreath beach below the cliffs. Continue along the coast path. Seals and basking sharks are commonly spotted on this part of the coast path, so keep your eyes open!

When you reach the Lizard, the most Southerly Point of the British mainland, you  will see the old disused Victorian lifeboat station at Polpeor Cove. You can stop for a dog friendly cake and coffee here at Polpeor Cafe and enjoy the local shop and gallery.


Polpeor Cafe


The Lizard Lighthouse is just round the headland from Lizard Point. Built in 1752, thousands of ships safely pass through these rock-filled waters thanks to its powerful beam and fog horn.



From the Lizard lighthouse you can follow a path back to Lizard village Go across the village green and take a path signed to Kynance Cove which will take you back to your start point.

Click here for a map and National Trust guide to this walk.

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