The Beach Guide

Gunwalloe Beach

The National Trust owned beach of Gunwalloe sits at the base of the Lizard Peninsula. It is a pretty little cove with a good sized stretch of golden sand backed by gently sloping grassy dunes. Perhaps the most notable feature of Gunwalloe beach though, is the little church tucked away at the northern end.

The church is where the beach gets (both) its name. Named after the early Breton missionary, St Winwaloe, it is quite a peculiar little building. Unlike most churches, the squat little bell tower is actually separate from the main church.

Gunwalloe sits outside the shelter of Mounts Bay and is quite exposed to the Atlantic swells. In fact the little church here was originally known as the Church of the Storms. 

This means there can be surfable waves here, but it can also make swimming less safe. Fortunately, during the summer months there is a lifeguard service here making this a good family beach. The stream running through the beach, is ideal for paddling too. 

There is reputed to be lost Spanish treasure just around the headland at neighbouring Dollar Cove.

Also known as:

Church Cove

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard cover daily from 7 July - 2 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. 1st July to 31st August / 10am to 6pm

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TR12 7QE

OS grid ref.

SW 6609 2043


The local farm runs a small kiosk serving ice creams, tea, coffee and sandwiches is open throughout the summer months. There are toilets located as short walk from the National Trust car park which are open every day between Easter and the end of October.


There is a large National Trust car park just above the beach.

Gunwalloe Beach Reviews

May 22nd 2019

My favourite beach in Cornwall