Kynance Cove Cornwall

White Sands and Serpentine Stacks of Kynance Cove

Located on the Lizard Peninsula, Kynance Cove with its serpentine stacks, hidden caves and white sands is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the UK.

Standing on the headland the vastness of the sea is immediately noticeable. Light dances on the water, whilst the darkening ocean stretches out before you. To one side, perfect sets of waves roll in at Pentreath Beach, white horses on turquoise sea; the village of the Lizard, the most southerly point in Britain just a few miles along the coast. To the other, the rocky outcrops for what Kynance is famed loom from the sea.

Walking the coast path, rocks like the spine of a prehistoric creature pierce the headland. Yellow lichen clings to the rock appearing to glow in the sun.  The cliff drops away onto waves crashing below.

Stone steps cut through the headland, signalling the start of the descent to the beach. The path winds along a stream and offers up glimpses of the cove nestled between rock formations. The red and green of the serpentine rock shines through the cliffs. Two white buildings stand out against the cliff face. At the end of the path a set of rocky, and slightly unstable, steps hug the cliff face, offering quick access down to the beach when the tide is out. At low tide you can walk the length of the white sandy beach, explore the caves inaccessible when the tide comes in, and take in the geological formations from the ground. The incoming tide covers the sand leaving a pebble strewn beach, the serpentine stacks now unreachable. With the high tide water is forced through the formations, blow holes shower the rocks in spray.

Just when you think Kynance can’t offer anymore, each step, each turn, each ebb of the tide offers another perspective of the cove, each one more breathtaking than the last.

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