Polnare Cove

Nare Point stands guard to the mouth of the Helford River with views out towards Falmouth Bay and back along the Lizard Peninsula. Tucked away on the eastern side of the point is Polnare Cove, a tiny sand and shingle beach.

The beach is backed by low cliffs and the sand gives way to a flat rocky ledge at the low water mark. This makes it a great spot for snorkelling and diving, although there is nothing in the way of safety equipment. The cove does however sit in the shadow of the National Coastwatch lookout on Nare Point.

Polnare Cove is about as remote as beaches get in Cornwall and it is a fair walk from anywhere and involves navigating a maze of lanes.

Type of beach

Sand, shingle and rock

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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TR12 6ES

OS grid ref.

SW 8001 2510


No facilities


Roadside parking around 1.5 (2km) walk away

Polnare Cove Reviews

Happy memories

Andrew Crabb
Jun 18th 2022

A small bit beautiful beach near the mouth of Gillan Creek. Good walk there from Porthallow or Gillan on coast path
  I have Happy memories here of family and friends   taking dips when growing up locally