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Everyone knows about the wonderful unspoilt beaches of The Lizard but did you know that your dog is welcome YEAR ROUND at the following beaches

1. Polgwidden
2. Gillan Harbour
3. Porthallow
4. Porthoustock
5. Coverack
6. Kennack Sands (East)
7. Cadgwith (East)
8. Polpeor Cove
9. Pentreath
10. Mullion Cove
11. Gunwalloe Fishing Cove (beach to the west of the church)
12. Loe Bar
13. Porthleven (East Beach - from Blue Buoys steps to Loe Bar)

Dogs are allowed on the following beaches up until Easter and then again on 1st Oct

1. Kennack Sands (West - near carpark)
2. Cadgwith Cove (South)
3. Housel Bay, The Lizard
4. Kynance Cove
5. Polurrian Cove
6. Poldhu
7. Gunwalloe Church Cove (beach to the east of the church)
8. Porthleven West (from the slipway to Blue Buoys steps)
9. Portreath

Guide dogs are exempted from dog bans

crystal clear water, hot white sand

The Lizard Peninsula boasts an extraordinary variety of beaches, coves and harbours, rich in history, natural beauty and wildlife.

The west coast offers exposed sandy beaches facing the full force of the Atlantic whilst to the east, sheltered fishing villages nestle between isolated headlands.

And being on a Peninsula you are simply spoilt for choice. Busy beaches with good facilities abound, but you don’t have to go far to find solitude and quiet. A stroll around the Helford River provides opportunities for quiet discovery, but wherever you are the constant ebb and flow of the tide means that no two days are ever quite the same.

The changing seasons add yet more interest, balmy summer days stretch out into Autumn and the arrival of dramatic winter storms. Beaches become the haunt of surfers and walkers seeking the thrill of the elements and the beauty of isolation.

Click here to view tide tables for the local area

Click here to view surf conditions for the local area

beaches to visit - highlights


Cadgwith is actually TWO small beaches separated by a small narrow headland known as the Todden....

Church Cove

Gentle valley down to steep cove with pilchard cellars at the seas edge...


Fine golden sand beach with cafes/shops and fishing harbour...

Dollar Cove

Bring your metal detector as there's rumoured to be treasure here. ...


Tiny sandy beach on Gillan Creek...


Small sandy cove. Popular place for small boats and yachts. Close to the Helford Estuary....


Gunwalloe Cove with fine sand beach and ancient church amongst the dunes...

Kennack Sands

Kennack Sands, just outside the village of Kuggar on the Lizard Peninsula, is well known amoungst the surfing fraternity.....

Kynance Cove

Brilliant turquoise water,white sand,islands and caves...

Pentreath Beach

Pentreath beach is a narrow strip of sand, pebbles and rocks due west of Lizard Village....

Polurrian Cove

Polurrian Cove lies just seaward of the village of Mullion. It is a southwest-facing beach with golden sand and patches of fine shingle....


Porthallow is a small pebbly beach set in an old fishing cove....


Porthleven beach is separated form the harbour by the granite pier...


This beach has a large flat expanse of coarse dark sand and shingle....

Praa Sands

Located in the South West of Cornwall, UK; Praa Sands boasts one of the finest beaches to be found and is popular...

Rinsey Beach

Rinsey is a favourite with anglers and is dominated by the ruined engine house of Wheal Prosper....

St. Anthony

Picturesque creek with bobbing boats,old church and amazing bird life...

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