Lankidden Cove Beach


The secluded, south-facing cove of Lankidden is located roughly 1 mile east of it's busier western neighbor Kennack Sands. Although the path down is not clear, beach hunters will be rewarded with the discovery of one of Cornwall's most beautiful and cherished beaches. The tricky rope access down the steep and treacherous cliff means that this patch of sand if often reserved only for the more determined/agile of coastal explorers. Accessible from low to mid tide, the sand at Lankidden is swallowed up as the tide floods so ensure you check tide times before setting out to avoid disappointment. An intriguing network of gullies, caves and miniature inlets litter the serpentine cliffs either side of the beach and best explored whilst swimming. Casting late afternoon shadows across the beach, the impressive headland protecting Lankidden, known as Carrick Luz, is also site of an Iron Age Cliff Fort that once dominated the headland. Standing on the headland and looking west down onto the beach of Spernic Cove, an old boiler from a shipwreck can be seen - yet another reminder of the hazards of navigating the Lizard Peninsula. Lankidden is also a favorite for anglers where rocks protruding off the headland provide a perfect place to not only fish, but to spot larger creatures including native basking sharks and visiting dolphins. Amble another mile further east along the coast path you will arrive at Downas Cove - Lankidden's even more remote sibling.


From Kennack Sands car park, follow the coastal path east for 1 mile past Compass Cove. When you hit the dirt track, cross over it and the path to Lankidden will be on your right, travelling south.


Postcode: TR12 6SH

Lat / Lon: 50.007702, -5.1328

OS Explorer Map: 103 - The Lizard

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Today's tide times for Lankidden Cove calculated at the nearest tide station Coverack located 1.6km away.

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