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Lizard Peninsula Beaches

The Lizard Peninsula is surrounded by the sea on three sides and has plenty of beaches and superb coastal scenery to explore. Whatever the weather, the beaches are just as fantastic on a summers day or during a blustery winter storm and for the keen photographer the opportunities are limitless. Facilities available at these beaches vary from none to basic to comprehensive although one should always assume that lifegaurds are not available. Facilties vary and may include toilets, car parking, wheelchair access, cafes, shops and attractions.

As well as the below beaches, there are many seculuded coves to explore for the more adventurous so this is not a full list. The best approach is to just get and explore the wonderful coastline the Lizard Peninsula has to offer.

Bessy’s Cove Beach. A rocky affair near Mounts Bay and Prussia Cove. Nice and 'out of the way'. Parking 

Cadgwith Beaches. Two shingle beaches, south facing, in the lovely village of Cadgwith. Refreshments, Parking, Toilets.

Coverack Beach. One of the larger villages, Coverack is on the East coast and sports a pebbly beach with blotches of sand. Refreshments, Parking, Toilets.

Gillan Harbour. ideal for those looking for a quieter beach, Gillan Harbour is near the Helford and is perfect for a spot of boat watching!

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach. South facing and sheltered, this popular beach has better facilities than most and is great for families with small children. Surfing, Lifeguarded beach, Refreshments, Parking, Toilets, Disabled access.

Gunwalloe Fishing Cove Beach. A sandy beach at Porthleven, popular with photographers for some reason! Dog friendly.

Housel Bay Beach. For the more adveturous this is a 'part time' beach and is not accessible at high tide. It's near Lizard Point and is small and sandy.

Kennack Sands Beach. This Tregothnan Esatate owned beach boasts splays of sand, rocks, and dunes which is perfect for children to explore and run amock. South East facing with good facilities. Lifeguarded, Refreshments, Parking, Toilets.

Kenneggy Sands. Another part time beach between Helston and Penzance. Not really suitable for families though a sandy beach all the same.

Kynance Cove. A famous beach on the westearn side of the Lizard, Kynance is very well photographed and ofte features in litertute anout the Lizard Peninsula. Refreshments, Parking, Toilets.

Loe Bar Beach. A beach at Porthleven Sands with plenty of dunes to explore. A popular beach with everyone.

Mullion Cove. At low tide Mullion Harbour exposes a nice sandy beach. Prety safe as its in a nice cove, west side of the Lizard Peninsula. Refreshments, Parking, Toilets.

Poldhu Cove. An excellent family beach suitable for an array of watersports and owned by the National Trust. Lifeguard, Refreshments, Parking, Toilets, Disabled access. 

Polpeor Cove. A rugged beach near the village of Lizard. Home to the most wonderful sunsets. Refreshments, Parking.

Polurrian Cove. This sandy beach can get a little busy in the summer due to its proximity to Mullion but its high cliffs still make this a worthwhile beach to visit.

Porthallow Beach. This stony beach near the Helford River has great views across to the Fal Estuary and the Roseland Peninsula beyond. Refreshments, Parking, Toilets.

Porthleven Beach. A really long beach popular with surfers with its south facing aspect. At three miles long it rarly gets crowded. Surfing, Refreshments, Parking, Toilets.

Porthoustock Beach. With shipwrecks of its shores, this shingly sandy beach is small but inteesting and not often busy at all. Parking, Toilets.

Stackhouse Cove. A rocky beach with bits of sand at low tide, this west facing beach is prefect to esape the crowds and go clambering over the rocks for a good explore!


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Lizard Peninsula

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