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.
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.