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.