The Lizard, Cadgwith & St Keverne

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Lizard Point

The Lizard is the most southerly point of mainland England as is alleged to be the place where the first siting of the Spanish Armada were made.

The RNLI has stationed a lifeboat at the Lizard since 1859 – originally at Polpeor and then from 1959 at nearby Kilcobben Cove. The original lifeboat house and slipway remains (see picture below) and is now a popular place for anglers.

There is a lighthouse situated on the cliff at the Lizard.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove is a stunning cove with dramatic rock formations, caves and cliffs. At low tide there is a lovely sandy beach and this coupled with it’s sheltered rocks makes it a great place for swimming.

There is a National Trust car park at the top of Kynance Cove on the cliffs and it is necessary to walk down to the beach. A walk that is well rewarded.

Sea Fishing around The Lizard

This is excellent bass ground. Also off the southerly point at the Lizard you should catch conger, pollack, mackerel and the usual flatfish.

Festivals and Regattas around The Lizard

Lizard Lifeboat Day

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Cadgwith Cove is pretty fishing village on the east side of the Lizard peninsula. It has recently enjoyed fame as the location for the filming of ‘The Apprentice Fisherman’ starring Monty Hall. Cadgwith is a working fishing village with the heart of the village being around the cove area.

Cadgwith has two beaches – a northern beach (where the fishing boats are located) and a southern beach. These are separated by a headland known as ‘The Todden’.

Kennack Sands

Kennack Sands is made up of two beaches which are adjacent. They are both lovely sandy beaches and popular with families as they have level walking facilities and car parking.

Kennack Sands is also a good surfing beach producing some good waves.You will often see divers at Kennack Sands, due to the abundance of shipwrecks in the area.

Sea Fishing in Cadgwith area

This area is good for bass fishing and flatfish. Other species caught in this area include mackerel, pollack, wrasse and the odd gurnard.

Festivals and Regattas in Cadgwith area

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Coverack is a fishing port on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula. It has a long curved sandy beach with is great for families. At the southern end of the beach is a small harbour providing shelter for the small fishing fleet and other local boats.

The RNLI stationed a lifeboat at Coverack in 1901 shortly after a ship was wrecked on the Manacles – the hazardous group of rocks just off Coverack which has claimed many boats and lives.

The lifeboat remained at Coverack until 1978 when a faster boat was stationed at nearby Falmouth. The lifeboat station and slipway remains and is now a restaurant.


Porthoustock was originally a fishing village but in the late 19th Century the main focus was as a port for the local stone quarries.

At one end of the beach is a large disused concrete stone mill which was used for crushing stone to be used in roads.Porthoustock is a popular place for divers to set off to the nearby Manacles to explore the many wrecks found there.

Due to the proximity to the Manacles, the RNLI stationed a lifeboat at Porthoustock between 1869 and 1942


Like many of the coastal villages around Cornwall, Porthallow was once a busy fishing port where pilchards were the main catch. A few fishing boats still remain at Porthallow and it is also popular amongst anglers who fish from the rocks on each end of the beach.

The beach itself is quite shingly and is backed by a large car park so access is easy.

Sea Fishing in Coverack area

This area is big bass country. You can also catch large pollack, many mackerel, wrasse and garfish in this area.

Festivals and Regattas in Coverack area

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