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

Secluded idilic spot

The McKie’s
Nov 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.

Lankidden Cove

John Town
Sep 12th 2020

Dangerous and terrible beach. You get cut off by the tide and there is no sun most of the day. Avoid.

Aug 14th 2020

Lovely beach but such a difficult walk and sometimes very steep..the last section involves a high drop with a rope to absail really is a lovely sandy Cornish cove,but such the last section of the walk and the drop down to the cove are dangerous

Aug 11th 2020

Dangerous climb to get down