Godrevy Cove (not to be confused with Godrevy beach near Hayle) is yet another of the Lizard Peninsula's hidden gems. Situated on the eastern side of the Lizard this lovely sheltered sandy beach is far enough from the nearest parking spot to never get anywhere approaching busy.
Unlike many of the little known beaches around the Cornish coast there are no cliffs to climb down, you won't get cut off when the tide comes in and there is no particular reason why you shouldn't go in the sea here. In fact the easterly aspect of Godrevy Cove means it is sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds and the sea is generally calmer here.
The beach at Godrevy Cove stretches around 300 metres to the neighbouring (and equally lovely) Leggan Cove. These two beaches are sandwiched between two quarries, although you wouldn't know this from beach level. As far as I know Porthoustock quarry is still worked whereas Dean quarry is now closed.
Godrevy's sand is quite unusual in that it has a greyish hue to it and is quite coarse. Whether this has anything to do with the quarrying activity to either side I couldn't say.
To the back of the beach is a large flat grassy area with some marshland behind. This area is home to lots of interesting wildlife.
As with the rest of the Lizard Peninsula the water here is a crystal clear. This makes it particularly popular with divers, many of whom come to visit one of Cornwall's most notorious dive sites which lies around a mile offshore. The Manacles Reef is an expanse of rock with a number of pinnacles which are barely submerged at high tide. Over the centuries over fifty ships have come to grief here and more than a thousand have lost their lives.
As of December 2013, the Manacles became a Marine Conservation Zone.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 8055 2090
None. The nearest are in St Keverne around a mile away.
There is very limited roadside parking in Rosenithon about 15 minutes walk away.
Godrevy Cove Reviews
Quiet peaceful spot.
Lovely quiet beach with coarse sand, had the whole beach to ourselves at 4pm in the school holidays! never saw more than a dozen people in a couple of hours.
parked at the ice cream farm and the walk down is less than 30 mins. no facilities at the beach so take all your rubbish home. You would struggle to get a push chair down the path as it is narrow.
There is no shade so don’t forget the sun cream.
We should be ashamed
HelenAug 11th 2020
Such a shame - we visit each year take out rubbish home and anything else the only thing we leave on the beach are our footprints :)
Anon.Aug 11th 2020
This beautiful spot is being ruined by the selfishness of some people.
Discarded BBQs, glass and plastic bottles, cans, human excrement etc. etc. being left on the beach.
Despite the advert above, there is NO parking facilities in the local area yet vehicles are being abandoned on the only single lane route through Rosenithon, across gateways and in hedges.
PLEASE - If you cannot treat this or any other area with the respect it deserves, STAY AWAY!!!
This WAS a beautiful and secluded PRIVATE spot on the South West Coast Path which unfortunately is being trashed by selfish individuals.
Unfortunately not so secret beach
Unfortunately due to lots of advertising this beach is no longer a secret! Plenty of people using and with no facilities you can imagine what they are doing when needing the loo!!! Also not taking their rubbish with the when they leave including the dog mess sometimes in a plastic bags…..
It is actually a private beach which is now being abused by people who dont appreciate what a special place it is!!!