Tide coming in at Poldhu Cove, Cornwall. ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel
Beach with Cafe
Lifeguarded between May and the end of September, National Trust owned Poldhu Cove is a popular choice for swimmers, surfers and beach dwellers. A sandy and sheltered beach, thanks to the cliffs and sand dunes that surround the beach, it’s situated on the west coast of the Lizard. Families will love the golden sand which is great for sandcastle building, and for young explorers at low tide there’s a number of rock pools exposed at either side of the beach.
Poldhu Cove has unspoilt beauty but is also rich in history, being the site of some of Marconi’s groundbreaking experiments, a monument and a museum are dedicated to his work at Poldhu Point. On the coast path heading south from the cove approximately ten minutes walk from the beach is the Marconi Centre.
Somewhat tucked away, Poldhu isn’t short of amenities. There are toilets situated at the entrance to the beach opposite the car park (where National Trust members can park for free), and there’s a seasonal cafe and shop on the edge of the beach.
There’s a seasonal dog ban which operates between the beginning of July and the end of August, where dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10-6pm.