If you look at any top 10 list of beautiful beaches Kynance Cove can usually be found among them. Situated on the Lizard Peninsula around 2 miles from Lizard Point, Kynance Cove is a National Trust managed beach.
Kynance is situated in a “Site of Special Scientific Interest” SSSI and is part of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lizard Peninsula has certain geological features that can be seen at Kynance Cove. Serpentinite rock formations are found throughout the Lizard and the cliffs and rocky outcrops at Kynance shimmer with red and green serpentine examples.
Around Kynance Cove and the cliffs around The Lizard a rare bird called a Chough has only recently made it’s way back after populations declined in the 1970’s. The Chough is a very rare bird and around Kynance Cove is one of the best places to try and catch a glimpse of it.
There are several stacks and rocky outcrops at Kynance Cove so recognisable they have their own names. Bishop Rock, Gull Rock, Asparagus Island and The Steeple. These rock formations channel the sea and during rougher weather can make for spectacular sights and sounds.
As Kynance Cove is surrounded by a nature reserve walking around the area is very popular. The beach itself requires a fair walk from the National Trust car park at around 1/2 km through the landscape over some impressive hills which do involve a few flights of steps.
Walking south from Kynance Cove back through the car park and along the cliff path will take you towards Lizard point and past Pentreath Beach. Carry on along the South West Coastal path and you will arrive at Lizard Point which is 2.1 miles away from Kynance. Walking north along the SW Coast Path takes you up across Lizard Downs and cliffs towards Predannack Wollas around 6.5 miles away.
Getting To And Parking At Kynance Cove
From Helston take the A3083 past Culdrose Airfield. This road will take you all the way down towards Lizard Point. Around a mile before you reach Lizard Point there is a right hand turn with a brown tourist signpost for Kynance Cove. This road will lead you down the the National Trust car park.
The car park run by the National Trust has a charge to non members. There is space for around 200 cars but it can get full in peak times during the summer.
Access & Facilities
The access from the car park to the beach involve a fairly long walk along a footpath maintained by the national trust. The terrain undulates so may not be suitable for anyone with difficulty walking. In total the footpath is around 500-600 meters and around a 15 minute walk which does include steps so may be unsuitable for wheelchair and pushchair access.
It is advisable to take note of the tides. At high tide part of the beach is cut off so getting back from the beach to the car park involve a considerably longer walk along a path of about 1 km.
There a toilets in the car park which are closed off season during the winter.
Lifeguard Patrol and Swimming
There is no lifeguard patrol at Kynance Cove. Take note of the signs at the beach that advise on safety. Swimming or bathing is best at high tide in calm seas but care needs to be taken as currents can pose a danger especially at low tides. It is advised against the use of any inflatables again low tides can produce strong currents.
Surfing at Kynance
Kynance Cove can produce a few good waves in the correct conditions but isn’t a notable surfing spot. Swells from the south west are best but the nature of Kynance Cove means it’s only a dedicated surfer who will carry boards and gear all the way from the car park. Body boards are popular here but as mentioned previously care needs to be taken at low tides.
Dogs are allowed on the beach off season. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between Easter and the end of September.
Walking around the cliffs of Kynance is more suitable for dog owners and generally you will be able to let your dog off the lead. There may however be signs requesting you use a lead in certain locations. The Lizard is an area of special scientific interest and has wildlife populations such as the Cornish Chough which may be disturbed by curious dogs.