Church Cove – Lizard RNLI Lifeboat station

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly

Season: spring

The car park above the new Lizard Lifeboat House features a memorial stone to those who lost their lives in the wreck of The Ardgarry in December, 1962.  Crew from the Lizard Lifeboat spent fourteen hours in the storm, attempting to rescue them, without luck.  It was ironic, then, to be greeted by such a tranquil, peaceful sight for this re-visit.  The sea was calm and silver under the sun, early in the morning.  Such is the variety of the weather at this most southerly UK point.

Spring visit photo gallery


Round at Church Cove, what the beach means to Danielle.

cadgwith cottages


Alles zusammen in dieser welt, mit Mauer and Sebastian at Kilcobben Cove.


A peaceful morning beside the Lizard Lifeboat launch slipway.

Season: winter

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.  As an organisation, it is supported entirely by voluntary contributions.  It fulfils a vital role in helping to safeguard those who use the beach, the coast path and the sea in this beautiful part of the world.  I re-visited the Lifeboat station to witness a training launch of the new Lizard lifeboat.  I heard from Maggie, a member of the launching authority, who explained the relationship between the RNLI, the Coastguard and the lifeguards for the benefit of visitors and beachgoers alike, as well as how to help if you see someone in trouble.  The Lifeboat station is a marvellous facility, strikingly attractive and highly valued for its service to the community and seafarers alike.

Winter visit photo


Maggie explains how the RNLI interacts with other services in Cornwall.


The doors open, as the lifeboat prepares to launch.


The launch of the Lizard lifeboat, round from Church Cove, on a Sunday morning in Cornwall.

Season: autumn

This visit to the new Lizard lifeboat house gave me the memorable opportunity to see the new lifeboat house at Kilcobben Cove.  It’s easy to walk there from the Lizard village and nearby Church Cove is well worth a visit.


With John Harris, a member of the launching authority at the new Lizard lifeboat station.


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