Porthkerris Cove

Porthkerris Cove is a privately owned stretch of shingle beach surrounded by imposing cliffs on the east coast of the Lizard Peninsula. Its coarse dark shingle doesn’t offer a typical ‘bucket and spade’ beach but its dramatic rocky outcrops and views across Falmouth Bay still make it well worth the visit. Parking can be found through the gates in front of the beach for a small fee. The family run Porthkerris diving centre has been established here and provides a large range of facilities during the summer including toilets and a small cafe. The beach is a favourite with divers due to the close proximity to the infamous Mannacles (MĂȘn Eglos), a particularly treacherous group of rocks that many ships have fallen victim to. These wrecks provide word class diving sites that people travel far and wide to explore. Also, excellent mackerel fishing opportunities can be found just to the north of the beach adjacent to the old Torpedo Testing Station and Oberservation Point owned by the MOD.

No lifeguards on duty.

Dog friendly.

Directions: Travel toward the Lizard and follow sing posts to St. Keverne. From here take directions to Porthallow until you see some a gateway made of stone eagles. Take the next turning to the right signposted Porthkerris Dive centre and follow the lane down to the beach. Parking for a fee can be found through the gates adjacent to the beach.

Secret beach location: 50.06434, -5.06665