Kynance Cove June 2011

One of the country’s most romantic beaches, Kynance Cove has been popular with visitors for centuries,  We visited the beach in June 2011 for the first time, and weren't dissapointed. Glorious weather,  and sightings of rare Cornish Choughs were an added bonus.

The cove is a short drive from Helston, in South West Cornwall. As you head past RNAS culdrose, follow the signs towards Lizard, and keep on going until you see the signs off to Kynance Cove on the right.  Follow the narrow road down to the national trust car park.


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We took the main path down towards the beach, and walked up to the right onto the coastal path briefly.  The views are amazing, and the short grass is ideal for a picnic and taking in the vistas.  We went a high tide, so couldn't really explore the rocks and caves around, but we will definitely head back at low tide. If you want to check out tide times in advance go to easytide, which gives accurate tidal predictions around the uk.

Background

Prince Albert visited the beach in 1846 with his two sons, as did Alfred Tennyson.

In Tennyson’s memoirs, published by his son, the entry for Kynance said   “..Large cranesbill near Kynance, down to cove.  Glorious grass-green monsters of waves. Into caves of Asparagus Island. Sat watching wave rainbows”

The cliffs around Kynance have unique green and red Serpentine rock formations, polished by the sea over thousands of years.  Part of the West Lizard SSSI – site of special scientific interest – these and other rocks form the basis of a unique range of habitats.  The Cornish Heath and the fringed rupturewort can only be found on the Lizard.  It has populations of 53 nationally scarce species.  The dark purple flowers on the way down to the beach are the “bloody cransebill”, or Geranium sanguineum.

The National Trust acquired the café complex at Kynance Cove in 1999 to protect the beauty and historical importance of the buildings and surrounding area from potential unsympathetic development and commercialisation.  There is a national trust car park with easy walking down to the beach, which is free for National Trust members, otherwise there is a small charge.

Links :-

http://www2.plymouth.ac.uk/science/cornwall/Sites/Site_Lizard_Peninsula.html

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-thelizardandkynancecove

Walk from Treen to Logans Rock

This short walk takes you to the coast path near Logans Rock, with views to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre,  at Treen there is a car park, snack shop, and a very welcome beer at the Logans Rock Inn.

 


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From the A30 at Penzance, follow the road towards Lands End.  Exit the A30 towards St Buryan,  then follow the signs to Porthcurno.  Just before Porthcurno you will see a sign to Logans Rock, turn left there.   Follow the road round, past the public house, and there is a field with all day parking for a small fee.  As you walk from the car park back towards the road, there is signpost off to the left for Logans Rock, or straight on for Treen Cliff. Follow the road down to Treen Cliff, where you will reach the Cornish coastal path, and be greeted by amazing views of the blue seas and sandy beaches down below.

Picture of view from walk to Logans Rock

If you want a longer walk,  you can turn right and follow the path down to Porthcurno beach, which is one of Cornwall’s  finest beaches with soft white sand and turquoise seas. From the beach it is a short ( but steep) walk upto  Minack theatre.

However, to get to Logans rock, turn left onto the coastal path, and follow the path until you reach the rocky outcrop of  Treryn Dinas, which was once an Iron age fort. Logans rock is perched on the top.  This is an ideal spot to bring a picnic, sit back, and enjoy the views.

A “Logan Rock” – rocking stone, is natural occurrence, where granite weathers.  the rock here weighs some 80 tons, and could be rocked by applying just a little pressure at the right point.

Picture of Logans rock, from the beach below

Recent History of the rock

In April 1824 Naval officer Lieutenant Goldsmith,  who was placing warning buoys in the area,  landed with a crew with a view to unseating the rock, which he succeeded in doing.  It is reported that he was motivated to do this from reading claims by Dr Borlaise that it was impossible to dislodge the rock.

There was an uproar from the local people, as the rock had become a major tourist attraction. He was subsequently ordered by the Admiralty to replace it at his own expense.

The rock was re-seated in November 1824,  after several months of preparation, it took 3 days labour, by 3 teams of 8 men with a variety of pulleys and capstans from the dock yards at Plymouth, to haul the rock back into position.

Whilst  it is still possible to move the rock, it is not as finely balanced as it was before.

 

To return you can head back following the signposts across potato fields, which bring you back into Treen, where you can enjoy at drink at the Logans Rock Inn.   Owned by St Austell brewery, the 400 year old  Inn has a small bar with an outside beer garden, ideal to cool down after a walk on a hot summers day.