Poldhu Cove

Poldhu Cove - Cornwall
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A small west-facing beach on the Lizard peninsula. The first trans-Atlantic radio signal ever sent was from Poldhu, now in the hands of the National Trust and part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an SSSI. An easy walk on the South West Coast Path to neighbouring Gunwalloe Church Cove.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog bins are provided but dogs are banned from the beach during Easter to October.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre

Nearest town



TR12 7JB

OS grid ref.

SW 6658 1998


Both beaches have parking for around 200 cars including disabled spaces. There is a charge for using the car park

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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