Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Kynance Cove, Cornwall is a beauty spot owned by the National Trust. Kynans is Cornish for gorge or ravine.

Kynance Cove is on the west coast of the Lizard, and has been popular since Victorian times for walking and swimming.

Just off shore is Asparagus Island, named after the wild asparagus crop that used to grow there. The Ospra was wrecked on 06 May 1832 on Asparagus Island.

Kynance Cove National Trust have put in pathways and car parking. The Beach is sand, with pebbles on the upper shore, and offers decent swimming in calm weather. You have to walk down the cliff to reach the beach.

Kynance Cove was inhabited by Celts around 300 BC, and there is evidence of Bronze Age settlement. The Names of the rocks, however: Asparagus, Gull, Steeple are more modern. The area became popular in the Victorian times when the serpentine was fashionable. The serpentine rocks around the cove are multi-coloured and can be seen at low tide.

'Rill Point', was one of the first places the Spanish Armada was spotted in on 29th July 1588.


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