7 Beaches to Visit on the Lizard Peninsula

August 10th, 2020

The most southerly point of both Cornwall and mainland Britain, The Lizard Peninsula is an incredible area of coastline that offers wonderful walks, opportunities to spot wildlife and plenty of beaches to enjoy.


Anywhere you go on The Lizard Peninsula is going to be beautiful and can provide a full day of exploration, but if you’re looking for a few pointers on where to go, then this guide should help you out!


Kynance Cove

We’ll start with one of the best-loved beaches in the area – if not the whole of Cornwall – Kynance Cove! Kynance Cove is located on the western side of the Peninsula, and just one look will make you realise why this spot is so popular!


Here, nestled under a dramatic cliff, sits a gorgeous sandy cove that meets the azure shore. The beauty of this area makes it a favourite for photographers. It’s also the perfect place for families to go and enjoy a traditional day at the beach, complete with sandcastle building and splashing in the sea.


The beach is accompanied by parking, toilets and refreshments, making it easy to spend a whole day here. Between 1st October and Easter Sunday, dogs are allowed on the beach too, so if you’re visiting in autumn or winter, you can enjoy this area with your pup in tow!


Mullion Cove

Also on the western side of the Lizard Peninsula sits Mullion Cove. At low tide, a beach is revealed here and offers a safe spot for swimming or paddling.


Mullion Cove has its own parking, toilets and refreshments, making it a perfect spot for families or full days out when these facilities come in very handy!


Cadgwith Cove

Located in the village of Cadgwith, the cove comprises of two shingle beaches. While not the place for building sandcastles, it’s the perfect spot for watching the water – you may even see the local fisherman at work!


The east side of the beach welcomes dogs all year round, so head here if you’ve bought your pup along for the journey too.


Kennack Sands

A beach perfect for families, Kennack Sands has dunes, rock pools and a sandy stretch ideal for building sandcastles. During the summer, the beach has lifeguards on duty, making for a safer beach experience for your family.


The beach also features toilets, parking and refreshments, so you’re sorted if you fancy an ice cream by the sea!


Dollar Cove

Dollar Cove gets its name from the silver dollars that were found on the beach in the past, from the wreck of a 17th-century ship. Some head here to hunt for further treasures, but most find treasure enough in the stunning scenery here.


Dollar Cove is surrounded by an impressive ancient rock formation that makes for a unique landscape. The sandy beach is dog-friendly year-round.


Gunwalloe Beach

Gunwallow Beach is particularly popular with families of young children, as it is easily accessible, is lifeguarded and has plenty of facilities, including toilets and refreshments.


Perfect for those who love to get in the water too, Gunwalloe Beach is also very popular as a surfing spot.


Caerthillian Cove

Located between Kynance Cove and Lizard Point, Caerthillian Cove is a rocky inlet perfect for enjoying the views! Only a small amount of sand appears at low tide, so this isn’t really the spot for a family beach day, but the grassy area above the cove is perfect for picnicking!


Bird lovers are fond of Caerthillian Cove, with enthusiasts visiting with the hope of catching a glimpse of the Cornish chough, which can be spotted here.


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