Poldhu Cove, our nearest beach is just a few  minutes drive away & owned by the National Trust.

Beautifully sandy & ideal for swimming.

Lifeguards from Whitsun through to September. 

Dogs only allowed from 1st October until Easter.

Great cafe open all year, loos & council run car park.

We can highly recommend Dan Joel's surf school - he even got our (very nervous) daughter & Phil (slightly less nervous) addicted!

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Kynance Cove is about 4 miles away; simply turn left out of the park.

It does get pretty busy so we recommend you check the tides (there's no beach at high tide) and plan to get there early.

Again owned by the National Trust there is a good cafe, loos & a large car park. 

Dogs only allowed in winter.

Its a fair walk down from the car park which can feel that bit harder on your way back up!


Lizard Point, the most southerly point of mainland Britain is just 5 miles away.

Spectacular scenery whatever the time of year and quite possibly your best chance of seeing a seal. 

Owned by the National Trust, volunteers are on hand with binoculars, local info and a 'wildlife spotted today' board.

A choice of two cafes - Polpeor Cafe for legendary doughnuts and meringues or the newly refurbished Wavecrest for more of a bistro feel. Both have fabulous views and are open in the evenings over the summer months.


Gunwalloe Church Cove is just around the headland from Poldhu but tends to be a little quieter. As you can see, the church is virtually on the beach; you may even recognise it from Poldark.

There are loos and a small cafe but they're by the car park rather than next to the beach.

Now manned by lifeguards in summer months. 

Only dog friendly over the winter.

Sandy with a small stream running down to it. It's my favourite for a swim.

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Mullion Cove - spectacular cliffs surround this picturesque harbour.  The coast path passes through here and there's a tiny beach at low tide.

For the thrill seekers amongst you why not try coasteering or kayaking from here with Lizard Adventure? For those more like me you can simply sit and enjoy the view with an ice cream from Porthmellin Cafe on the harbour. Or perhaps something a little stronger at Mullion Cove Hotel at the top......

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The green valleys of the Helford beckon from the East of the Lizard for walks, pubs, messing about on boats & visiting the gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan. Falmouth lies just beyond and is great for a day out of shopping, lunch & a boat trip.

Porthleven is just 8 miles away and is fast becoming a major foodie destination with a great selection of restaurants around its harbour. Further West you can head to the Minack Theatre which towers over the white sands & clear waters of Porthcurno.

Franchis is so well placed for exploring West Cornwall; not only is the park close to the wonderful South West Coast Path but St Ives up on the North coast is just half an hour away.

Should you tire of the scenery and beaches then attractions for all the family nearby include Flambards Theme Park, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek and Paradise Park in Hayle

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