Kennack Sands is a southeast facing beach about five miles south east of the village of Mullion and roughly halfway between Cadgwith and Coverack on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula.
At low water the beach offers an expanse of sand and rock pools to relax on or explore. Effectively two beaches separated by a small headland and rocks, Kennack Sands is popular with families and is an excellent place to snorkel.
Often busy in high season, due to a number of holiday parks nearby, the beach is backed by a beach shop and cafe and is easily accessible from the large car park a short distance away.
Amateur geologists and naturalists will find plenty of interest at Kennack Sands as the beaches are part of the Gwendreath National Nature Reserve. There are some stunning pebbles of serpentine and Kennack gneiss found around the coves to the southwest and the cliffs show the complex geology of this part of the Lizard Peninsula.
Lifeguards patrol the main (western) beach from the middle of May to the beginning of September from their station located close to the beach toilets.
Kennack Sands is quite a sheltered beach due to its position on the eastern side of Lizard Point and so bathing and swimming is good. Swimming is best advised on an incoming tide and within an areas indicated by the RNLI lifeguards. Surfing is possible under certain weather conditions but Kennack is not really a surfing hot spot.
Due to its layout, and gently shelving nature, with separate coves and minor beaches, great care should be taken not to get cut off by the rising tide.
There is a seasonal dog ban from Easter Day to October 1st.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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