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Poldhu Cove

Poldhu Cove beach, Cornwall

Poldhu Cove (Black Pool Cove), lies on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula in South West Cornwall.

Easily accessible, Poldhu is a southwest-facing beach of pale golden sand with the odd patch of shingle. It is overlooked by the rather imposing Poldhu Residential Home - formerly an hotel.

Unsupervised swimming at Poldhu is not advised: It is dangerous to swim due to offshore rip currents. Lifeguards patrol the beach from the middle of May until the middle of September and will designate a safe bathing area if applicable.

Safety equipment is located at the back of the beach. There is a seasonal dog ban with no dogs permitted between March and October. Toilets are sited near the beach car park.

The whole Lizard Peninsula is an excellent place to take your holiday with a number of different places to visit within easy reach, including Cadgwith, Lizard Point, the coves of Porthallow and Porthkerris and the beaches of Kynance Cove and Kennack Sands.


 Flora and Fauna

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Seasonal dog ban


 Rescue equipment

 Good Surfing


OS Explorer Map 103: The Lizard, Falmouth and Helston

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.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Gunwalloe, Porthleven, Helston and Lizard.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Mullion, Lizard Peninsula, Helston and Penzance.

Nearby Attractions




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