Beach with Cafe
Cadgwith Cove is small but perfectly picturesque. An attractive fishing village on the most southerly point of Cornwall, the Lizard (with no parking, so you need to park in the car park and walk down), it is not really a sunbathing beach, more a place to see working fishing boats and lobster pots, or to go for a swim.
Unmissable and un-commercialised it is the quintessential stuff of picture postcards, where whitewashed ‘chocolate box’ cottages tumble down the narrow windy path to the harbour.
The beach is split in two. The accessible beach with the winched fishing boats from the small local fleet is very close to the pub. The swimming beach (still shingle) is down some steep steps. With clear water, it is splendid for snorkelling, rock pooling and diving. And it’s worth noting that dogs allowed all year on the Cadgwith east beach, however there’s a seasonal dog ban on the west Cadgwith beach from 1st July to 31st August (10am to 6pm).
A little further round the cliffs is the “Devil’s Frying Pan” a 200 ft hole in the cliffs where a cave collapsed. This is a natural blowhole where waves crash on the rocks and spray upwards.
While exploring the beach, you may want to pop into the 300- hundred-year old Cadgwith Cove Inn directly behind it, historically linked to smuggling. A friendly spot, they also have the Cadgwith Singers regularly performing sea shanties during the evenings for a true taste of Cornwall.