For as long as I can remember, and especially since living here in Cornwall, I’ve been desperate to visit the stunning location of Kynance Cove. Having spent many years looking at photographs online and admiring from afar, enough was enough and I finally hatched a plan. If you’ve read my earlier post, you will understand the main reasons behind my new blogging venture. I’ve lived here in Cornwall for far too long and not seen as much I would’ve liked (currently holding my head in shame!). With this in mind, I set a precedent that over the Christmas period, my husband and I would visit at least five new places in Cornwall together. Therefore I was on a mission to make it happen! During the Christmas 2018 break, we would spend a day exploring parts of the Lizard Peninsula in search of Kynance Cove.
We set off towards Helston following the A3083, heading for the private road that leads towards Kynance Cove. It is clearly sign-posted along the way. If you are following a Satellite Navigation system, then use the postcode TR12 7PJ for directions. Please note signal is notoriously poor at times. I wouldn’t want you to get stuck in an extremely narrow lane following a wrong turn (this regularly happens to me). I would recommend buying a map or looking at directions before you travel. It took approximately fifty-five minutes from our home in Truro.
We arrived at our destination ready to park on the large National Trust car park (holds approximately 260 cars). As members of the National Trust, we were already aware that there would be parking facilities and that it would be free to paying members. For non-paying members though, be sure to take some loose change so that you can pay and display at the parking machines. Despite the car park being a generous size, it’s worth noting that at peak times this car park fills quickly.
From photos I’d viewed, I had a vague idea of what to expect. Seeing it in reality though, nothing quite prepares you for this! It is one of THE most beautiful places I have ever seen! Famous for its stunning coastal scenery, turquoise seas and white sandy beaches, Kynance Cove lives up to expectations, that is for sure!
I was instantly filled with excitement and couldn’t wait to make the climb down to the beach. Ensuring not to rush though, we sat at the top of the cliff close to the car park to take photographs. The views are breathtaking!!! I was totally mesmerized by the colours that surrounded me. From the turquoise waters to the green rocky land; the different shapes of the stacks, islands and cliff faces clearly reflect differential erosion of Atlantic storms versus rock types of varying resistance. Geology and coastal geomorphology of the Lizard is a web search away, but, in essence, it all happens here.
Kynance Cove and the Lizard Peninsula are famous for having several rock types in close proximity to each other. There have been massive upheavals and volcanic activity throughout geological time. Heat and pressure have altered rocks, producing mineralisation, crystals and amazing colours. The Lizard’s most famous rock is serpentine, two varieties of which can be seen at Kynance.
We headed towards the steps that take you down towards the beach. It’s worth noting here that these steps are incredibly steep. Sensible footwear is absolutely essential!! Once we got down the first set of steps, you are soon greeted with another. These lead you to the beach. There are stacks of rocks in front of you that you need to cross to access the beach, but providing you have appropriate footwear, this won’t be an issue for most. There is also an alternative route that is suitable for pushchairs. This route is flat and takes you to the back of the beach which then leads you to the café. *This route is only available at high tide so check the tide timetable before you travel.
We finally arrived at the beach. To say that I was blown away by this beautiful location is an understatement. The scenery is spectacular! I sat on a rock at the end of the beach to sit, watch and listen for a while. There’s nothing I love more than to hear the waves crashing against the rocks, who doesn’t, right? Kynance Cove in particular is such a relaxing and serene place to visit; I could’ve spent hours here.
The beach at high tide is well worth seeing. There were quite possibly some of the largest and rounded pebbles I have ever seen which ignited the thought of them smashing into the cliffs in stormy weather, creating the magical, signature-shapes. Although picturesque, these pebbles proved a bit too much for Ralph our Jack Russell, so he was carried until the terrain desisted. There is an abandoned, boarded up building right in the valley. This was clearly once a dwelling but has been left to ruin probably due to the inaccessible nature of the place. It could be looked upon as an eyesore; equally it adds another dimension and point of interest. There is another occupied house on the other side of the valley and some very eco-friendly toilets. If eco buildings and things of that nature interest you, I would highly recommend paying a visit. If of course you have no interest in ecological matters, I would still recommend paying a visit as it is quite a long walk back to the car park and I wouldn’t want you getting caught short (please forgive my toilet humour).
We took the alternative route out of the cove. This route is a gentle to medium gradient. It is also a maintained route so access with push chairs/wheel chairs is made easier. Taking this route is not as direct as the climb down the cliff. However, it does offer the opportunity for a circular walking route and accessibility. Following this route, we took a slow walk back towards the car park ready to head to our next destination, Cadgwith (soon to feature on the blog).
Finally, Kynance Cove for us totally lived up to its hype. It was everything and more that we hoped it would be. We can’t wait to return in the summer and see more of this beautiful place.
Facilities and nearby walks:
There is a Café at Kynance Cove. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited but we will definitely be returning soon to sample some of their coffee and cake. Take a look at their website for more information regarding opening times and menus.
There are many more spectacular walks near to Kynance Cove. Check out The National Trust website for more advice and recommendations of walks close-by.