Pretty cove with spectacular rocks
Two miles north-west of Lizard Village
The most spectacular cove on the Lizard Peninsula. Numerous caves and arches have been carved out of the colourful, veined Serpentine rock by the sea. The cove is reached from a lane off the A3083 near Lizard Village.
Kynance has been a attraction for excursionists since the 18th century. Brilliant turquoise water and white sand, with islands, caves and unexpected views are still a powerful draw today. The rock here is serpentine, so named because of its gloriously variegated colours, particularly when wet, which resemble the skin of a snake. There is a National Trust car park on the downs above, and the surrounding area is noted for its botanical rarities. Also there is a cafe (National Trust-approved concession) in the Cove (open March to October).
Keynans is the Cornish for gorge/ravine and it is said that the Cove was occupied by the Celts as far back as 300BC. There is also evidence on the nearby moorland that the area might have been in use during the Bronze Age. The most likely reason for the occupation of this remote place is the ease with which it could be defended and the supply of fresh water.
At low tide a beach of golden sand is exposed offering sheltered bathing in the clear blue water. Once the tide comes in the beach disappears, this is when Kynance come into its own. This area has some of the best cliff walking in Cornwall and is a beauty on the Coastal Footpath.
Just off shore is Asparagus Island, named after the wild asparagus crop that used to grow there. The 'Ospra' was wrecked on the 6th May 1832 on Asparagus Island.
Kynance Cove Cafe
Lizard Peninsula Lizard Village Mullion The Coastal Footpath