This hidden cove is best reached via a hike along the coast path from Kennack Sands over a mile away. This ensures that it is always quiet and more often than not completely deserted.
Lankidden really is the archetypal Cornish cove. Set at the bottom of a steep track the water is turquoise and the gently sloping sand is broken up by various large rocky outcrops. As with much of the Lizard the rocks here are special! At Lankidden the native red serpentine is cut with a dyke of dark green gabbro from deep below the earth's surface.
Backing onto the high cliffs of Carrick Lûz, the south-east facing Lankidden is tucked away from the prevailing south-westerly winds. These cliffs were once the site of an Iron Age cliff fort of which only the faintest traces remain.
Swimming at Lankidden is generally regarded as safe, although with no lifeguard cover caution is always advised. The snorkelling here is highly rated as is the fishing of the rocks towards the point.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 7566 1664
The nearest car park is at Kennack Sands around 1.5 miles (2km) walk away
Lankidden Cove Reviews
BarryAug 20th 2021
Small beach with only a smear of sand at anything other than low tide. difficult to access, dangerous tides for swimming. Avoid!
ShannonJul 19th 2021
Spent an entire day here and it was absolute heaven. The route down is quite steep, and the rocks you have to climb down at the end are tricky to navigate although there is a good amount of sturdy rope to help you out. The access means it won’t be suitable for many people to get to, which is worth bearing in mind. Having said that, there were a few families with children there when we visited so it’s definitely doable.
The waters here are beautifully clear, and there is a good amount of sandy beach at low tide, although at high tide there is very little beach available.
The cove is very sheltered, so very safe to swim in, I was able to swim pretty far out and didn’t experience any currents to worry about (or any at all to be honest). There are some caves in the cliffs a short swim away, but would advise to use caution if swimming up to them as I did find the water faster moving around some of them so kept my distance.
You may see a couple of jellyfish in the water, but not many, I saw one dead one on the beach, and two in the water (one of which was very big!)
Dogs are permitted year round, however please keep your dog on a lead if it’s badly behaved! There were a group of people when we visited whose dogs were out of control, one of them took food from our bag and another bit someone. We have a dog ourselves so it’s lovely to find a beach this nice that you can take them to, but it’s unfair to expect others to deal with untrained animals.
I would highly recommend this beach to anyone able to deal with the walk down, just dont expect it to be an empty secluded paradise as it is fairly popular.
Secluded idilic spot
The McKie’sNov 06th 2020
Not easy to get to but such incredibly clean, gold sands, gentle shallows for paddling or swimming, and incredible views on the journey to the beach and on beach itself.
Last 50ft to get on the beach a bit hair raising (heavily blistered both hands when I lost footing and slipped down while holding the safety rope) but idilic spot so memorable it’s worth it.
John TownSep 12th 2020
Dangerous and terrible beach. You get cut off by the tide and there is no sun most of the day. Avoid.
Lovely beach but such a difficult walk and sometimes very steep..the last section involves a high drop with a rope to absail down..it really is a lovely sandy Cornish cove,but such the last section of the walk and the drop down to the cove are dangerous
Dangerous climb to get down