With its small harbour and pebbled sandy beach, Coverack is a very pretty fishing village on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula in southwest Cornwall. The beach is scattered with numerous boulders and rocks amongst the light grey sands where they eventually meet the turquoise water. A popular fishing spot that is due to the abundance of food that washes past Lizard Point with every swing in the tide. It is also a popular with divers due to the scattering of shipwrecks around The Manacles, a particularly treacherous group of rocks that extend about one nautical mile out to see. Many ships have fallen foul of the semi-submerged rocks over the years including HMS Primrose (1809), SS Mohegan (1898) and Spyridon Vagliano (1890). Swimming is generally safe but council signs have been erected warning of bathing at low tide when currents can be much stronger. Access to the beach can be found via a flight steps from the car park and facilities are provided within the village. The annual Chirstmas Day swim at Coverack is a tradition that has been around for nearly 50 years and raises thousands of pounds for charity every year. If you happen to be in or near the village over Christmas be sure to get involved - it's not that cold!
Helford & Lizard: Twenty-five Secret Beaches
A beach guide book pulling together all of the Lizard Peninsula and Helford River’s best secret beaches and hidden coves.
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Head towards the Lizard and follow sign post to Coverack. Park in the village car park above the beach or a in the smaller parking spot on Dolor Point behind the harbour.
Postcode: TR12 6TE
Lat / Lon: 50.024502, -5.09721
OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard
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