Kynance Cove

April 23, 2015 by becca.lazar No Comments

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Kynance Cove is the stuff of childhood dreams: rocky, wild and raw. Golden sand is punctuated by rocky promontories and stacks that create corridors of surging and sloshing sea making for a unique swimming experience.

Probably one of the most painted and photographed points in Cornwall, due to the juxtaposition of brilliant white sand, turquoise ocean and dark red and green serpentine rock, a brief walk along the coastal path in either direction will open out completely different vistas and there are some great picnic spots overlooking the cove down below. A combination of the mild maritime climate and complex and unique geology has produced an area with a distinctive character, well known for its rare and unusual flora and where the famous call of the Cornish chough is never far away.

Down on the beach, there is a labyrinthine quality to the cove that children love – they can feel like they are explorers on a deserted island, whilst being still being within calling distance of mum and dad.

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If you can, try to make sure you are at the beach at low tide. This is when caves and paths round to other beaches are readily accessible. If you’re early you can even be the first to press your feet into the fresh, unblemished sand as the tide rolls back. You can even venture round the corner to a bank of sand that connects to a small island. On many occasion us locals at Cornish Holiday Cottages have sat and watched many an tourist get themselves sadly stranded whilst sunbathing – we do get the odd sense of schadenfreude from time to time.

Kynance Cove is managed by the National Trust and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They’ve done some fantastic work in keeping the beach accessible, despite coastal erosion from winter storms. On the cliff tops you will see a host of coastal flowers, from relatively common species through to some of the rarest wild such as Wild Asparagus, Hairy Greenweed, Fringed Rupturewort or even Land Quillwort. This is what makes the Lizard one of the top locations to spot wildlife in Britain.

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If all that exploring gives you an appetite then fear not, Kynance Cove is served by an attentive beach side café. On the menu you will find fresh Kynance crab sandwiches, baguettes and salads. Kynance burgers, fresh ham, bacon, Cornish brie, Cornish Pasties and much more. Their homemade scones are delicious.

Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between Easter Sunday and 30 September (07:00am – 07:00pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

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