It seems a bit strange to be writing this blog post sitting on the sofa looking out of the window to a deluge of rain this morning. I have become quite accustomed to getting up early and pitching up in the garden to work.
I have turned it into my unofficial outdoor office, I love working among the growing plants, listening to the chatter from the park across the road and of course the passing seagulls. Everyday for the last couple of weeks I could be found camping out under a parasol, tap-tapping my laptop keys and I have been so productive, almost like a solar powered designer!
On a sunny Sunday, but just before the heatwave we visited Kynance Cove. A secluded cove and beach on the west coast of the Lizard peninsula.
But I have been to a fair few beautiful beaches, so was more than a bit skeptical! But oh my goodness what a magical gem of a place, why oh why had we waited so long to visit! Kynance earns it’s status of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and then some...
With it’s striking white sand and colourful Serpentine rock, against the stunning backdrop of the most mesmerizing aquamarine ocean, it is a little piece of heaven.
The cove has many rocks and stacks that can be explored at low water, but be careful if you do venture over to the formations and caves of Asparagus Island, the tide returns quickly and you could easily find yourself cut off!
I would recommend visiting at low tide as is safer and at high tide there is hardly any beach.
Kynance Cove has been a popular destination since Victorian times and was used in 2015 as a filming location for the BBC’s adaptation of Poldark, if you want to check it out, look for the most beautiful beach in series 2!
I think that might have been a seal, I'm pretty sure it's not Captain Ross!
We spent the whole day on the beach, our original plan was to leave by mid afternoon but we bumped into some friends (Cornwall is a very small place) so as we chatted and the children paddled happily and jumped the waves in the shallows, the afternoon just seemed to disappear and we didn’t head home till the sun was setting.
But if lazing on the beach just isn’t your thing, then there are many breathtaking walks along this part of the Lizard, this one is a 4.4 mile, moderate, circular route and takes you past a number of sites, including a shipwreck and The Top House Inn, which was for many years, the most southerly pub in mainland Britain.
Ben Kewnans is it’s Cornish name and this means ‘foot of, steep sided valley’. As with the most beautiful places, it’s not the easiest to access. The car park is at the top, with a number of scenic but steep walks down to the cove. We opted for the longer but less steep path down and if you are visiting with small children I would recommend this way (there’s a map in the car park with the routes shown) it takes around 15 minutes for little legs - like mine. Make sure you get here early, on warm Summer days as the carpark gets full very quickly with no overflow.
There’s no lifeguard on duty at Kynance so it’s a good idea to check the tide times and plan your visit. You can download an app (we use magic seaweed) or you can visit the National Trust café next to the beach. They have a little blackboard with the tide times on, I recommend you visit the café even if you do know the tide times as the scones and views are both amazing!
There's so much to do in this area of Cornwall, I can't wait to explore further, especially when we have our campervan!