The Beach Guide

Lankidden Cove

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


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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TR12 6SH

OS grid ref.

SW 7566 1664




The nearest car park is at Kennack Sands around 1.5 miles (2km) walk away

Lankidden Cove Reviews

Aug 11th 2020

Dangerous climb to get down