Cheffy’s top 5 hidden coves of Cornwall
In Italy we are blessed with some of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque secluded coves. Having spent a good few years visiting holiday parks in Cornwall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the some of the hidden coves created by towering cliffs and rugged coastline.
I’ve decided to reveal my top 5 spots that could rival the Mediterranean’s, that you can explore yourselves during your Cornwall holidays.
Nanjizel Bay, Penwith
Nanjizel is a rugged and wild secluded cove with unusually clear water.
It’s only accessible on foot via the coastal footpath from Lands End. Because of this, the beach is very quiet and has remained seamlessly untouched - apart from the sand coming and going with the winter storms.
The main feature of the cove is the striking ‘Song of the Sea’ eyelet rock arch that leads out to the sea. You can paddle in the warm rock pool before snorkelling through the amazing sea tunnel. There are a range of caves and rock formations for those who like to explore, while the children can play in the stream and waterfall.
Seals are regular visitors to the area and can be best seen from around the corner at Zawn Reeth – just 25 minutes from Kenegie Manor.
In 1966 the beach shot to national fame when Doctor Who's ‘The Smugglers’ episodes were filmed here.
Bossiney Haven, Tintagel
Bossiney Haven's beach lies in a sandy, sheltered North Cornwall cove between Boscastle and Tintagel. The local area itself is steeped in history being the birthplace of King Arthur.
Intriguing sea caves lay hidden beneath the cliffs that feature Elephant Rock – I don’t think I need to explain why. At low tide the beach offers a sweep of golden sand in amongst the secluded rocks.
The furthest point to the left offers excellent snorkelling - you should get a glimpse of some colourful wrasse feeding off the submerged rocks.
The steep steps down to the beach can be difficult to manage and therefore not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
Lantic Bay, Fowey
Lantic Bay lies amongst towering cliffs in a secret cove just 4 miles from Killigarth Manor Holiday Park. A steep cliff footpath is the only way to access the beach and therefore not advised for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Those that tackle the path will be rewarded with a one of the most stunning and romantic locations in Cornwall. Watch the sun go down in the evening with a bottle of Pinot Grigio next to a driftwood fire – perfecto!
At low tide this southern facing sun trap exposes warm rock pools active with sea life – a real ideal for occupying the children.
Be aware of the strong rips that can form in the bay, swimming is not recommended.
Kynance Cove, Lizard
Arguably the most striking and rugged section of Lizard’s coastline, Kynance Cove is the most photographed location in Cornwall and also a favourite for painters. In Italy we say ‘È bellisimo’ – it’s very beautiful.
The steep 10 minute walk down to the cove shouldn’t put you off - you’re greeted with distinctive red and green serpentine rock towers unique to the Lizard Peninsula.
Its clear, azure water is ideal for a spot of snorkelling and swimming. At low tide you can swim around the secret bay opposite Asparagus Island, one of the few remaining places in the UK where wild asparagus still grows, where there are rock pools and sea caves.
There is a picturesque 2 mile walk from Kynance to Lizard Point – the most southern point in mainland UK.
Lankidden Cove, Lizard
With access only from the coastal path, this is another cove that remains undisturbed and quiet throughout the year. The walk down to the cove is very pleasant and manageable through the wooded valley.
At low tide the fine white sand is exposed and when the summer sun beams down you get a Mediterranean feel. Despite the beach remaining quiet, the azure blue water is often visited by local boats dropping anchor.
The rocks extending off the headland are a not only a popular spot for anglers – dolphins and even large basking sharks are frequently spotted from here.