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19th February 2018 | Regional News

Cornwall’s Secret Beaches

Cornwall is renowned for its stunning coastline, and there are plenty of beautiful beaches scattered along the shore. Many are popular with tourists and locals alike, particularly during the summer months, but Cornwall also has some secret gems tucked away, ready to be explored, too.

Hidden on many of Cornwall’s beaches, you’ll find plenty of smaller coves and inlets. Once a place for smuggling, or where local fishermen would load up their boats, these coves offer a new depth of beauty to the shoreline. From Newquay down to Land’s End, here are some of the most fascinating coves to explore on your next holiday to Cornwall.

Kynance Cove

Just 15 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park is the breathtaking Kynance Cove. Located on the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, it’s one of the most photographed and filmed beaches in Cornwall. It’s striking turquoise waters and bright white sands make it extremely appealing to tourists visiting Cornwall throughout the year.

There’s quite a steep 10 to 15 minute walk down to the cove, but once you’re there, you won’t be left feeling disappointed. At low tide, a range of fascinating rocks and caves will be revealed. Many of these have Victorian names, such as The Parlour, The Drawing Room and The Ladies Bathing Pool. One rock is even named after Prince Albert, who visited with his children in 1846.

If you’re a keen walker, then you’ll love it here too. The cove is owned by the National Trust, meaning the area is extremely well conserved. From the cove, there is a great 2 mile walk to Lizard Point, the mainland’s most southern point, offering spectacular scenery and incredible views along the way. Then, treat yourself in Kynance Café, where you can take a well-deserved rest and sample some of Cornwall’s traditional foods, including Cornish pasties, crab sandwiches and a variety of cream teas and cakes.

Video sourced from Paul Dinning

Readymoney Cove

Close to the mouth of the River Fowey is Readymoney Cove, a sheltered, sandy beach with crystal-clear waters and a fascinating past. Under 45 minutes from Looe Bay Holiday Park, this small beach can be completely covered up at high tides, making it a true hidden beauty.

The cove is surrounded by history too. On one side of the cove is the house where Daphne du Maurier, English author and playwright, lived during the Second World War. On the other side is St Catherine’s Castle, a beautiful fortress built in the 1530s. The beach is the perfect place for families, as there are plenty of rock pools for the little ones to discover all kinds of marine wildlife.

There’s a car park just 5 minutes away from the beach too, with an easy footpath on the way back up to the medieval town of Fowey. Whilst you’re there, a stroll around the town is a must. From winding streets and charming cottages to cute shops and a bustling harbour, it’s a lovely holiday destination for tourists to explore.

Video sourced from TRAVEL ADDICT 18

Cadgwith Cove

Under 10 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park is Cadgwith, a charming village and fishing port in Cornwall. Here, you’ll find Cadgwith Cove, a shingle beach filled with traditional fishing boats and boathouses. It’s a popular holiday destination, particularly in the summer months, as there’s so much going on, including barbeques, regattas and Morris dancing.

Although there’s no sand on this beach, Cadgwith Cove is the ideal spot if you’re looking for a picture-perfect day out. The cove has two small beaches, separated by a small rocky divide called the ‘Todden’. The first is the fishing beach in front of the town, perfect for a spot of snorkelling. The other is a much smaller, rock and pebble cove, which is harder to get to, but perfect for a more peaceful day out.

If you walk along the coastal path towards the Lizard Peninsula, then you’ll stumble across an interesting feature known as the ‘Devil’s Frying Pan’. This distinctive 200-ft-deep hole was formed many years ago when the roof of a sea cave collapsed. It’s named the Devil’s Frying Pan because, on a stormy day, it’s said to ‘boil’, spitting out water during rough seas!

Video sourced from Paul Dinning

Trevaunance Cove

Surrounded by towering cliffs, Trevaunance Cove is St Agnes’ main beach. Just 25 minutes from Holywell Bay Holiday Park, it’s a haven for families. There is a labyrinth of caves to explore, and lots of rock pools for the little ones to enjoy, too. As well as natural beauty, there’s also a range of facilities nearby, including pubs and shops.

The cove also hosts some spectacular waves, making it a popular hot-spot for surfers, swimmers and bodyboarders. If you don’t have your own equipment then don’t worry, because there are plenty of beach huts with surfboards available to hire. If you’re into fishing, then you’re in luck, as there is a good fishing spot at Trevaunance Point during high tide. Here, you can try your hand at catching a range of different fish, including ray, mackerel, plaice and bass. You might even see some local fishermen at work too!

At low tide, you can take a stroll along to the neighbouring beach of Trevellas Porth. Quieter than Trevaunance Cove, this lovely sandy beach is the perfect place if you fancy a snorkel in the summer months. Sitting in the valley known as Trevellas Combe, or more commonly as ‘Blue Hills’ because of the blue coloured slate found around the area, there are plenty of scenic walks nearby. Both St Agnes and Trevellas have a historic mining past, so whilst you’re on a walk, keep a look out for the many engine houses dotted around the landscape.

Video sourced daryl govan

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