Poldhu Cove beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover May 18 - September 29 Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: winter

Poldhu Cove has a deep, flat beach, which is particularly attractive at low tide.  In a natural setting and with dunes and a discreet car park behind, there is an unspoilt feel to the beach.  Even the beach cafe nestles quietly in the top corner, among the dunes. This is a great location to think things through in a pristine environment, surrounded by nature.

Winter visit photo gallery – to follow.


The welcoming nature of the beach.

The Galleon, Churchtown, Mullion


A view from the back of the beach at low tide.

Season: spring

This cove has a charm and a karma, which is very welcoming.  Perhaps it’s the fact that you don’t just pass by it, that you have to want to go to it, that makes the atmosphere and the beach-goers here so welcoming.  In truth, it’s hard to pull yourself away from Poldhu Cove.  This is a National Trust beach, so it’s well maintained.  There’s a friendly, thriving cafe that also offers surf lessons, as well as an RNLI lifeguard post, so it’s a safe place to surf and swim.

Spring visit photo gallery


With the two Daves, watching the surf at Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula.


Pete’s intense relationship with the beach.


On the waterline at Poldhu Cove in Cornwall, on a rising tide.

Season: autumn

An attractive beach on the Lizard, near RNAS Culdrose and through the village of Gunwalloe, Poldhu Cove looks West into the prevailing Atlantic surf and wind, giving it the feel of a North Coast beach.  It has plenty of beach-side parking and toilets.  There is an excellent beach café on the beach, which I featured in my interview.


Chat with Chris at the excellent Poldhu Beach Cafe in Cornwall.


Among the incredibly sculpted rocks, on the waterline at low tide.


The beach from a bank next to the road, at Poldhu Cove beach.

Season: winter

This is a magnificent, untamed beach, facing the elements on the western side of the Lizard Peninsula.  At low tide, the beach is surprisingly expansive and its flat demeanour leaves intricate swirls in the sand, such is the speed of the tidal race.  The rocks by the side of the beach have been blasted and sculpted by the Atlantic, a wonder to enjoy when accessible on a low tide like this.  Pristine nature, highly recommended.

Winter visit photo gallery


The beach as part of Samantha’s routine.


The wild Atlantic makes land.

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