Just a little way from Kynance Cove, on the western side of the Lizard Peninsula, this westerly facing spot is exposed to the full Atlantic swell. The beach is typically quiet, probably due to the lack of immediate car parking; the nearest car park is a fair walk away, either above Kynance Cove at the National Trust car park, or in Lizard village.
At high tide, Pentreath Beach falls into the pebble category, although at low water it transforms into a much sandier stretch. In winter, the beach is typically rockier, with cliff falls are a hazard. There are a few rock pools at either end of the beach, but it is not a good location for snorkelling and is too dangerous for swimming. It is however possible to surf here on the right conditions.
For those who enjoy taking their canine companion for a stroll (or the other way around!), this beach is one of those that are very dog friendly; four-footed friends are allowed on the sand all year round – if they can get down there. It's something of a scramble down to the beach itself, so humans and animals need to be pretty fit, especially if taking the goat path that heads down the steep cliff. There's a slightly easier route at the south of the bay, which is a popular location for surfers but due to the difficult access this beach isn't recommended for young children, the elderly, families, or those with reduced mobility.
Those heading for the location need to know there is no lifeguard cover or facilities, and check the tides before they visit; the nearest station is Lizard Point, just under 1km away. The nearest facilities are at Kynance Cove, where there are toilets next to the car park and a café in the cove itself. The nearest shops are just over half a km away at Lizard Village; footpaths are signed.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 6926 1276
Car Parking in Lizard village or in National Trust car park above Kynance Cove.
Pentreath Beach Reviews
peace and quiet
tristan brownhillJun 18th 2019
quietest beach with brilliant geology! you have to scramble down to it so only the brave get to it. The beach is peddly but gorgeous sand is exposed at low tide.