The surrounding coastline is spectacular with its polished serpentine rocks, crystal clear waters, white sands, caves, rocky islands and wealth of rare flora and fauna. It is the beaches enchanting setting and wildlife rather than watersport activities that have made Kynance Cove one of those Cornish beaches that visitors are repeatedly drawn back to.
At low tide an expanse of white sands stretches across the cove linking up with Asparagus Island. Visitors should be aware that at high tide the sandy beach is covered and the water reaches the foot of the cliffs preventing the lower footpath onto the beach from being used. See beach path information.
Kynance Cove beach can be enjoyed throughout the year, even during the quieter winter season. The beach is often sheltered from cold winds by the surrounding cliffs enabling visitors to enjoy this magnificent setting on a bright winter’s day when low sun light can further enhance an already enchanting setting.
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The main eastern link road between Helston and Truro is the A394/A39 which skirts past Falmouth.
There are no bus or coach services that run to Kynance Cove and the nearest train station is Helston which links with Truru and the main Western train lines linking with the rest of the country.
Grid reference: LR SW684133
Latitude/longitude: 49.974951N and 5.230235W
Post code: TR12 7PJ (for sat nav purposes)
Parking fees are collected between Easter and November and the toilets, which have mobility facilities, are closed in the winter.
There is also an alternative high water path down to Kynance Cove beach and one better suited to push chairs. Information on tides and suitable paths can be obtained in season from the National Trust car park attendants. Out of season visitors should check tide tables before setting off from the car park.
Cornish delicacies include pasties and ice cream.
There is also a small shop that sells a range of beach goods. A new eco friendly toilet block has recently been built.
Dogs are normally permitted off lead on cliff top walks but dog owners are reminded that the area around Kynance Cove is a site of special scientific interest and there should be no disturbance to wildlife and dog mess should be collected and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
Dog owners should also be aware that on sections of the South West Coast Path there may be signs requesting that dogs be put on leads in order to prevent disturbance to Cornwall’s most treasured bird, the Chough.
This National Trust owned self-catering cottage is sometimes referred to as ‘twitcher’s retreat’. This reference reflects its location at the seaward end of a valley well known for its migratory birds and its close proximity to seabirds.
There are no camp sites in either Kynance Cove or close by and the erection of tents is prohibited. Other self-catering cottages, hotels, B&B’s and touring camp sites within a few miles of Kynance Cove can be seen on the Places to Stay on The Lizard.
Heading north from the National Trust car park following the path down onto the beach at Kynance Cove, past the café and up the roughly stepped steep path towards Asparagus Island is the start of the walk leading to Mullion Cove and its harbour.
Mullion Cove is about 4.5 miles from Kynance Cove and takes about 3 hours. The walk is mainly along cliff tops but does include moderate ascents and descents into valleys. At the harbour there are toilets and a pay and display car park. Mullion village with its comprehensive range of shops is about a mile inland up the B3296.
This walk takes about an hour and is mainly along the cliff tops but does include moderate climbs and descents into valleys. At Lizard Point there are cafes and souvenir shops. Toilets at the nearby National Trust car park, grid ref: SW703116, are open throughout the year and include disabled facilities.
Lizard village is about a mile inland following the path beside Lighthouse Road from the car park.
The long walk from the car park carrying a surf board puts most surfers off but some hardy locals are undeterred in favourable conditions.
The RNLI do not station coastguards on the beach and swimmers, body-boarders and snorklers should read warning signs at the top of the beach before venturing into the water. There are no water sport equipment hire shops in the cove.
Bird life is abundant and it is not unusual to see and hear the Cornish Chough that have recently recolonised parts of the Lizard coastline and now breed in small numbers.
Seals, basking sharks and dolphins are commonly seen from the cliff path although their appearances are unpredictable. At low water there are deep crystal clear rock pools teeming with marine life.
Rare plants found only on the Lizard in the UK such as the Cornish Heath are all around you. In Spring and early Summer the cliff tops are studded with brightly flowering coastal plants such as Thrift, Kidney Vetch, Sea Campion and Birds-foot Trefoil. For more information on the birds, dolphins, plants, butterflies, moths and the wildlife of Kynance Cove in Cornwall go to Wildlife Insight.