Kynance Cove

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Kynance Cove
National Trust Property
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Kynance Cove, Lizard peninsula, Cornwall
Country England
State Cornwall
Region South West England
District The Lizard
Municipality The Lizard
Location two miles north of Lizard Point on the western side of the Lizard peninsula
Owner Owned by the National Trust
Map Ref: SW6813

Kynance Cove (Cornish: Porth Keynans, meaning ravine cove) is a cove in southwest Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is situated on the Lizard peninsula approximately two miles (3 km) north of Lizard Point.[1] Kynance Cove and the surrounding coast are owned by the National Trust.

The cove became popular in the early Victorian era, with many distinguished visitors including poet Alfred Tennyson.[2]

The BBC has described Kynance Cove as "one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South West." [3]

The Kynance Café (which first opened for business in 1929) relied until recently on spring water, and on a generator for power. When the café became the property of the National Trust in 1999, the Trust renovated it and provided mains water and electricity.

Serpentine rocks[edit]

Kynance and other nearby beaches and coves have serpentine rock formations. The rocks of green and red serpentine, polished by the sea over thousands of years, are distinctive to Kynance Cove and the Lizard Peninsula:[4] for more detail, see Geology of The Lizard.


Coordinates: 49°58′26″N 5°13′48″W / 49.974°N 5.230°W / 49.974; -5.230