Downas Cove Beach


Downas Cove is a very isolated beach hidden down on the Lizard Peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall. Next door to Lankidden Cove, the cove is dominated by the large fresh water stream flowing through often running red in the winter after heavy rainfall. Serpentine geology is the main focal point for this deep dark Lizard location. A small grassy headland juts out into the beach, a perfect spot to stop and take in the dramatic surroundings.


Park at the small Nation Trust carpark located 3km walk NE of the beach or walk along the South West Coast Path from Kennack Sands.


Postcode: TR12 6SH

Lat / Lon: 50.008301, -5.12199

OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard

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Today's tide times for Downas Cove calculated at the nearest tide station Coverack located 1.1km away.

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