Poldhu Cove is a westerly facing beach on the Lizard Peninsula, largely sheltered from prevailing winds, it’s a great beach to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Poldhu Cove beach is run and controlled by The National Trust. Surrounded on both sides by rising cliffs give the beach a sheltered feeling. At the head of the beach is a car park set in the sand dunes.

The beach itself is golden sand and there are dry areas to setup a blanket and enjoy the sun on even the highest of tides. Around 200 meters wide there is plenty of space even on busy days especially with so many small beaches dotted up this section of the Lizard coast.

There is a stream that splits the beach in two and at low tide the expanse of sand is fairly impressive. There are some areas on either side of the beach that are good for exploring rock pools and fishing on this section of the Lizard can provide some good sport with Bass and Pollock.

Getting To & Parking At Poldhu Beach

Poldhu Cove is situated on the western coast of the Lizard Peninsula. To get there by car take the A394 towards Helston from either direction you will see signs for the A3083 and The Lizard.

Get onto the A3083 and follow this road down past the Culdrose Airfield. Follow the A3083 down until you get to a crossroads at a pub called The Wheel Inn, take a right turn at the crossroads that is signposted for Cury and Poldhu. Carry on along this road, through the village of Cury and past Mullion Golf Club. A short distance further and you will see the beach at Poldhu and the car park at the head of the beach.

The car park at Poldhu is controlled by the National Trust and has around 200 spaces with some reserved as disabled parking closest to the beach access. There is also some on road parking but this is limited.

Access and Facilities

The beach access is opposite the car park and is completely level making it easily accessible for those with disabilities and push chairs.

There are some toilets at the entrance to the beach but there are no disabled facilities.

Lifeguard Patrol and Swimming

There is a lifeguard patrol situated at Poldhu Beach daily between the 21st May and the 25th September. Please check the RNLI website for updated dates and times if you are planning on swimming or getting in the sea.

It can be dangerous to swim at Poldhu Cove as there are strong rip currents at certain times and tides. If you do intend to use the water is is recommended you only do so in the designated area set out by the lifeguard patrol.

Surfing at Poldhu Cove Beach

Under certain conditions there is a possibility of surfing at Poldhu Cove. It is mainly over the colder months that there are waves and suitable conditions with the summer being fairly flat for large periods. Best conditions are southwesterly swells with northeasterly winds and best at low tide. Beware of strong rip currents.

Dog Friendly?

Dogs are allowed on Poldhu beach in the off season. During the period between the months starting on Easter and the end of September dogs are not allowed on the beach.