If you are looking to branch out from your luxury accommodation in the Lizard, there are all sorts of beautiful beaches to tempt you with hours on powder-fine sands. All within a short drive of our guesthouse, you can look forward to dipping your toes in cool waters, playing games by the shore or simply tucking into a picnic and watching the world go by.
For the best sand-between-toes adventures, here are our top 5 beaches near the Lizard:
Cadgwith’s Little Beach
Small but mighty, Cadgwith’s little beach is separated from the village’s working fishing beach by the ‘Todden’, a towering rocky outcrop. Particularly picturesque in summer when the beach often resembles something distinctly Mediterranean, it is a really popular spot amongst locals and visitors of all ages. Park your car in Cadgwith’s pay and display car park and wander down (there’s not much parking to speak of in the cove itself).
Around a 5-mile drive from Penmenner House, Kennack Sands is definitely one of our top 5 beaches near the Lizard. Be it a bracing winter stroll or sun-kissed summer siesta, this beach has year-round appeal and is lifeguarded between May and October. Separated by an enormous sandy dune, the beach is actually made up of two stretches of sand – the furthest one being dog-friendly throughout the year.
A beach that needs little introduction, Kynance Cove is famed for its jaw-dropping islands that soar from the water and paint the horizon. As dramatic in winter as it is serene in summer, this beach should definitely be on your list whilst staying in the Lizard. For ease, you can park in the National Trust-owned car park above Kynance or, if you’re up for a leg stretch, you can walk there from the village. Just be aware that the beach is not lifeguarded.
Home to a popular beach café that is open 363 days of the year, Poldhu Beach just outside of Mullion is unsurprisingly popular. Manned by lifeguards in the summer and with its own surf school run by local instructor Dan Joel, it definitely has something for everyone. If you feel like exploring a little further, you can also walk round the corner to neighbouring Church Cove too.
Just over 6 miles from our B&B, Polurrian Beach sits within a sheltered cove. Facing southwest and boasting golden sand lapped by turquoise seas, it’s a real gem yet often overlooked by beach-lovers in favour of its more well-known neighbours. While it’s a little bit of a walk in and out of the cove, the destination is well worth the effort and will reward you with hours of bliss in this little haven.