An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Kynance Cove, Mullion, UK
Distance: 2 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking, Swimmng
Wow Factor: 10 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Kynance Cove, Cornwall
  • Size: very small
  • Access: tidal beach
  • Height gain: 30 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer
  • Starting point: car park above Kynance Cove
  • Accommodation/food:

    National Trust cafe at Kynance Cove for food, toilets

  • Island Summary:

    part of the translucent green serpentine-jumble of rocks on one of the world’s best beaches this grass-topped, asparagus-flanked island is a real gem. As the tide starts to recede, roll up your shorts and claim this island as your very own until the crossing is drier for the rest of humanity to arrive. The superb National Trust eco-café has to be one of the best spots in the UK for an ice-cream afterwards

  • Look out for:
    • Cafes
    • Wild Asparagus
    • Caves
  • Route description:

    from the car park a short stretch on the southwest coast path then a steep descent into Kynance Cove. The island is accessed from the beach with a short scramble up the rocks at its base

  • Getting there:

    take the A3083 south towards The Lizard from Helston. Keep driving until approx 1/2 mile from Lizard Village, Kynance sign posted on the right hand side (look for brown sign).Parking: National Trust car park on cliffs above Kynance Cove. For SatNav use postcode TR12 7PJ

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