The Beach Guide

Kennack Sands Beach

  • Kennack Sands beach
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  • Kennack Sands
  • Kennack Sands East beach
    ©Cornwall Beaches

Kennack Sands sits on the more sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula, not far from the tip. Despite its fairly remote location it is very popular - testimony to what a superb family beach this is.

With masses of sand (at low tide), a stream and rock pools a plenty kids love Kennack Sands. There are also plenty of facilities including toilets and a cafe right by the beach to make your visit easier.

With its south easterly aspect Kennack Sands is often quite sheltered from the wind, and considerably warmer than west coast beaches. This also means it can be a popular option for surfers when everywhere else is too windy. Most of the summer though it is a great spot for learning to surf.

The beach here is divided into what are referred to as Kennack Sands West and Kennack Sands East and become more-or-less separate at high tide. Dividing the two is a rocky outcrop called the Caerverracks which are home to a number of rockpools.

To the eastern end of the beach are the remains of a number of World War II defences. There are pill boxes on the hillside and a quite extensive anti-tank wall running along the back of the beach.

This area backing this end of the beach is designated a nature reserve and is home to many species of flora and fauna that only flourish in this unique coastal habitat.

Dogs allowed on eastern part of beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

Seasonal RNLI lifeguard cover - weekends 19 May - 6 July and daily 7 July - 2 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year on the East beach (furthest from car park). However, no dogs on the main beach from Easter to October - 7am-7pm.

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TR12 7LT

OS grid ref.

SW 7363 1653


Large car park, shop, café and toilets.


Large car park at beach.