Kennack Sands

It is easy to understand why Kennack Sands is one of the most popular family beaches on The Lizard. Extensive beaches, impressive cliffs, dunes and woodlands, and the opportunity for some rockpooling or summertime surfing on the waves – there is plenty to do and explore. Literary buffs among you will be interested to know that the novelist Daphne du Maurier learned to swim here in 1912, at the age of five.

View of Kennack Sands west beach

View of Kennack Sands west beach

Kennack Sands is, however, more than simply a good beach to visit in the holidays. This beautiful spot, situated within The Lizard National Nature Reserve, is rich in wildlife, geology and a cultural heritage that can be enjoyed in all seasons.

Basking Shark - Abigail Crosby Centaurium erythraea (Common Century) Red Serpentine - Pat Sargeant
Basking Shark – Abigail Crosby Centaurium erythraea (Common Centaury) Red Serpentine – Pat Sargeant

We have suggested a short walk [hyperlink] that takes in as many of the highlights of Kennack Sands as possible. However you choose to explore the area, you should find plenty to interest you, from the remains of Second World War structures to beautiful plants to fascinating geology.




Beach: Two beaches separated by a small promontory (The Caerverracks). The western beach is the sandier of the two.
Parking: Large car park. This is closed out of season: there is some limited parking on the road into Kennack Sands
Cafe: Café and shop open in season
Toilets: Adjacent to car park
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the west beach from Easter Sunday to 30 September, but welcome at other times of year, and on the east beach all year.
Activities: Walks, surfing (on west beach)