A beach that beckons royalty to visit must be pretty special. The beach? Kynance Cove hugging the southern tip of Cornwall. The royalty? Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They visited its striking shores once upon a time. They launched a stream of Victorians following their example and Kynance beckons still.
Thankfully, Kynance is a lot easier to get to now and most definitely worth a visit. Waters continually change colour, complimented on all sides by every size of craggy, beautiful rocks coming out of the seas near the shoreline. Every bit of it-just breathtakingly beautiful.
After seeing some photos of this beach awhile back, it immediately went on my list of places to see.
And as it turned out, I was blessed to have been able to go there on my birthday last October! Perfect! It was an unusally warm day for an English October (I think it was in the mid 20’s!) and the skies shone with a brilliant blue as you can see from the photos.
I greatly enjoyed the walks, which weave their way through the stunning coastline. You will be able to take in the gorgeous ocean as well as the beautiful terrain. The panorama is just breathtaking; you may very well find yourself wanting to stop and rest and drink in the beauty. We just missed the Cornish heath in bloom (typically in August & September), but the golden grasses of autumn were equally as beautiful. If you enjoy wildflowers, try to visit in the spring as the Cornish Coast comes alive with colour and Lizard Peninsula is no exception. And you can say you did a part of the beautiuful South West Coast Path!
We never did get to stay for the complete low tide to see the famous white sands and turquoise waters, but we did get to sit at the stoney shoreline for awhile. My children enjoy the stones as much as sand, as stone towers, forts and walls could be created. But we will definitely go back to enjoy the full effect of low tide: exploring the caves and hidden areas of Kynance! Learn from me, check out tide times so that you can be at the beach at complete low tide. Because once there, you will be able to explore the hidden treasures. The caves there even have names: The ‘The Drawing Room’ and ‘The Palour’, so given by the Victorians who enjoyed Kynance over 150 years ago.
Now that you’ve read of the fun and beauty, here are some practical things to know… Dogs are not allowed on the beach from Easter to September 30th. They are welcome on the cliff top walks any time, but just be aware there might be signs to put them on leads at certain areas.
Please do be aware that there are no lifeguards here. And do be aware of the tides so as not to get cut off!!
We were there off-season, but it is quite busy in summer, so get there early to get a parking space. As it is National Trust, parking is free for members. Depending on your needs (pushchairs, etc.), there are a few different paths down to the cove. Do be aware that some areas are steep. We have two toddlers, but just carried our youngest and walked carefully with our other.
Fancy a coffee or snack? National Trust has a wee eco cafe (with solar roof tiles!) overlooking the gorgeous views. (vegan & vegetarian options are available) I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the ice cream, they even gave me a free flake as it was my birthday. (it’s the little things!) The cafe is open Easter to November.
Just to make it handy for Sat Nav users, here is the post code: TR12 7PJ
So there you have it…a few tips to help make your day(s) that much more enjoyable.
Can you feel it beckoning you? I know you will not be disappointed with this absolutely stunning beach and shoreline…and as always, happy travels. :)