Kennack Sands is located around 11 miles south of Helston and a few miles northeast of Lizard Point. The beach is around 400 – 500 metres long making it one of the largest on the whole Lizard Peninsula. There is a rocky outcrop that splits the beach into two so the beach may be referred to as Kennack Sands west and Kennack Sands East.
The main point of access is from the car park on the western beach so this area of Kennack Sands is most often the busiest. The rock that splits the beaches is called Caerverracks and the hill above this Carn Kennack. There is a path that runs over Carn Kennack allowing access to the east beach which is a designated nature reserve.
Kennack Sands has a gentle sloping beach so the tidal range is quite large. At high tide there is still a large amount of beach to make use of but at low tide the beach seems to get a lot bigger. This being the case some 400 metres out to sea from the beach the depth of water is around 20 meters which makes this area popular with divers launching from the beach.
A popular walk along the Southwest Coast Path takes you east for around two miles to Downas Cove a remote beach that is only really accessible along the coast path. At high tide Downas Cove is only really serpentine boulders, at low tide a small sandy beach with pools is exposed.
There are a couple of pill boxes and anti tank walls that were built during World War II to prevent any kind of invasion. These are overlooking Kennack Sands on the dunes.
Swimming and snorkelling at Kennack Sands is ok in calm conditions and lifeguards will designate suitable areas. Best on a rising tide the rocky formations create an interesting underwater environment if you like to snorkel. On less calm days or after a period of windy weather the visibility drops considerably and makes snorkelling less viable.
Getting To & Parking At Kennack Sands
From Helston follow the A3083 past Culdrose Airfield. As you get to the bottom end of the airfield take the exit on the roundabout signposted to St. Keverne B3293. Follow the B3293 all the way to Goonhilly where you will see the large Satellite dishes, just past here you will get to a crossroads. Take the right hand turn which is signposted to Kennack Sands. Follow this road for around 3 miles until you get to a junction, take the left at this junction which is signposted to Kennack Sands. Take this lane for just under a mile and you will arrive at Kennack Sands beach with the car park being directly opposite.
Access and Facilities
The access onto the beach is completely level from the car park directly opposite. The slipway leads onto the sand with no steps so is suitable for disabled access and pushchair access straight onto the beach.
Lifeguard Patrol and Swimming
There is a lifeguard patrol stationed at Kennack Sands between mid-may to early September, for more up-to-date times the RNLI website updates these every year.
Swimming can be ok on a sheltered calm day, it is of course advisable to swim in the lifeguard patrols designated, flagged area. At low water rip tides can form and Kennack Sands does get some swells which make swimming less advisable.
Surfing at Kennack Sands
Kennack Sands is slightly sheltered so the surfing here is unreliable and inconsistent. During the winter is the best time to look out for waves. During the summer the sea is often calm. The best conditions come about with a southwesterly swell with northwesterly winds.
Kennack Sands is dog friendly out of season during the winter During the months between Easter and the end of September dogs are not allowed on the beach between 7:00am and 7:00pm, outside of these hours dogs are allowed on the beach.