Kynance Cove has been on my list of ‘must visit places’ for a while now. It’s even reached a high spot on my ‘Cornish Summer Bucket List for 2017’ and we’ve been waiting for a couple of weeks now for a really sunny day to come around so that we could go.

Today, for the first time all week, the sun popped its head back through the clouds, so we grabbed our chance and hopped in the car. The sat nav told us it was only 36 minutes away. 36 minutes away yet I’ve never. You’ll see in a few pictures time why I’m kicking myself now.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

I’m sure I must have been to Kynance Cove at some point in my childhood. My feet have explored more of this county than I can even remember. But there was something so new to me about coming here and if I have visited before, its long escaped my memory. As we drove down the bumpy road and across the cow grates to the car park, the ocean horizon started to peek over the grass in the distance.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We turned into the car park and the hills and cliff edges started to come into view. The harsh coastline reminded me more of the cliffs you’d find in North Cornwall. The cliffs here seemed rugged, weathered, hard. There were stories rolling off their edges of storms and wild seas and the surrounding grassy land, although clearly maintained by the National Trust and farmers, had a wild untouched feeling about it.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

As soon as we pulled into the main car park, we were greeted by the roaming free cows. They are there in their masses, wandering about and lounging between all the vehicles, wandering down the hills and lying along the cliff edge. It really was a sight to see. They also seemed really friendly and approachable and didn’t mind having their pictures taken by all the passers by and they didn’t mind  people getting up so close to them.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

I don’t often say wow. After all, I live in Cornwall and I live by the sea already. I’m lucky enough to sit on a beach every day of the year if I chose and I get to see rugged coast lines and beautiful cliff paths every day on my drive to work. But oh boy did I say wow when we started our walk.

We read online that there was coast path walk that would take you down to the cove and a little cafe. So, we planned our walk to include a stop off for lunch.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

The car park attendant noted that we had a toddler and told us that there were two routes down to the cafe. One is called the ‘low tide route’ and is a rocky descent down to the cove, with crumbling steps and grassy banks, but beautiful views. The other is the high tide route with views a little further away but is more ideal for buggies and for wheelchairs.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We opted for the low tide route and we couldn’t recommend it enough. Our toddler walked the whole way and although we had to keep her by our side at all times, she did so well on the rocky terrain and the steep steps. The walk down to the Cove is so idyllic. Around every turn it gets more and more striking and the end result is beautiful, beyond words.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We took so many moments out just to stop, sit and admire the views. Along the way are lots of little benches and seated grassy patches where you can stop to have a rest or a run around.

Poor Evie and Aitan had to keep stopping and waiting for me to catch up, because I couldn’t help but try and capture every angle of the cliffs on my camera.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

The views certainly made the perfect backdrop for a very rare picture of all of us. Something we’re trying to get more of. I am always behind the camera and I really struggle to remember to include myself in pictures.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

When we reached the bottom of the coast path, we were lucky enough to get onto the sand just as the tide had started to lip against the rocks. At high tide this route gets completely blocked off and even when we were stood there we had to wait for a few minutes and time the waves rolling in before we could make our run across.

Just off the beach and up some steps sits the cafe. The eco-friendly café was so cute. It sells Cornish pasties, fresh sandwiches, baguettes, homemade cakes and cream teas along with beach goods. I imagine in summer, it gets extremely busy here. We were really lucky to get a picnic bench close to the front, where we had amazing views of the cove below.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We stopped off for a little light lunch in the sun and bought some sandwiches and shared a cheeky bottle of Polgoon Cider. The sandwiches were really delicious. I opted for a brie and cranberry and it was so fresh and tasty.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We sat here for such a long time. It was so lovely to feel like tourists for the day and to just relax and take things slow in such a beautiful place.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

After lunch we hopped down to the beach so that Evie could collect some pebbles and so that we could hike the opposite side of the cliffs.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Apparently at low tide there is quite a big stretch of sand in the cove, as well as towering rock stacks and caves to explore. Next time we come back, we’ll definitely time it a little bit better so that we can see these for ourselves. We read online that the caves have names such at The Parlour and The Drawing Room, so we’re really curious to see what they’re like.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

While we were walking along we heard someone mention that Poldark was filmed here. With its pure white sands, turquoise waters and stunning cliffs, you can see why it would make the perfect spot to film. Apparently the beach doubles up as Poldark’s beloved Nampara. We’re going to keep our eyes peeled for it the next time we watch that show.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Just off the beach is another set of steep steps that have been carved into the cliff. These took us up to a large grassy area where we could sit and look back on where we had come from.

Kynance Cove Cornwall

Every angle of the walk was so picturesque. Even the way the crumbling steps are carved out of the hills is impressive. It was so hard to not be constantly snap happy with the camera.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We decided to climb up the cliffs to the right of the cafe so we could get a closer look at the island that Evie name ‘seagull island’. We saw people swim across to it while we were sat up here, but whether or not you can climb it, we’re not sure. The edges of the cliff looked a bit too rugged to climb with bare hands.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

This section of Kynance Cove was my favourite part. The views from here were the best and it was such a wide area to sit. It was the perfect spot for little ones to run around, providing they are kept an eye on, and would probably make the best spot for a picnic.

You could really see why Kynance Cove is said to be the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall. The cove’s white sands, the turquoise waters and the green serpentine rock really were a breathtaking sight.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Aitan really loved getting to hike along some of the more ‘scary’ parts of the cliff, but I loved sitting down with Evie, playing ‘eye spy’ and trying to teach her more about the coast, the sea and what wildlife you’ll find here.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We loved this little spot on the island so much. Evie loved it too although she did get very muddy because she kept trying to roll down the hill.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

After a little sit down we decided to climb up to the top of the hill that was behind us. It might not look big in the photos but if you squint and look in the distance you’ll see a white blob. That’s two people coming down the hill so you can imagine how tall it is in real life.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

I was so impressed with Evie for reaching the top without being carried. Even I struggled to hike up and did get slightly out of breath trying to catch up with them, but the views from the top were amazing.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

At the top and just beyond the rocks, the hill dipped slightly. The rocks were formed in such a way that in this particular area, they gave you complete shelter from any wind. The air was perfectly still and we found several remnants of old camp fires in this little area.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We both agreed that it would make the perfect spot to wild camp one night and we’re sure that many other people have already thought the same thing. How magical would it be to spend the night here under the stars?

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Unfortunately we couldn’t stay much longer after we reached the summit. Evie started to get tired and grumpy, so we made the long trek back to the car. This time we took the high tide route and walked past our future dream house. It was such a shame to see that this building was uninhabited.

Kynance Cove

We’re guessing its derelict because of the crumbling rocks behind it and the unsafe terrain, which is such a shame because being just off the beach, it’s an idyllic place to have a home.

We were so sad to go back to the car, but the turquoise waters and stunning cliffs have made us want to come back again really soon. I’m sure you can see why!

If you loved Kynance Cove check out my post on how to spend 24 Hours In St. Ives, Cornwall or check out my Cornwall section for beautiful places to visit.

Have you ever been to Kynance Cove before? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.



  • Eileen Teo says:

    Oh my! Such a beauty! Also it is only 36 min away from you. What a cool place to visit! #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

  • Baby Loves Travel says:

    This looks beautiful. It is easy to forget sometimes that we have our own stunning coastline right here at home! #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

  • Deb Sharratt says:

    I love Cornwall – the colour of that sea is amazing. Just makes me want to go for a dip x #theplaceswewillgolinky

  • Zenbabytravel says:

    Kynance cove is magic, thanks a lot for sharing your lovely pictures! We went about 3 years ago when our eldest was still a baby and wrote in here:; we need to go back with both monkeys! #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood says:

    Looks amazing – look how blue that sea is!

  • Jonny (daisythebus) says:

    That is one stunningly beautiful stretch of coastline! I can see why it attracts so many painters; the colour of the sea alone is a work of art. Good luck with buying and renovating your dream house! 😉 Greetings from (sadly land-locked) Luxembourg #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

    • It’s so gorgeous isn’t it! Haha if only that house wasn’t crumbling into the ocean. We hope you get down to the seaside soon. x

  • Annabel says:

    Wow, stunning! I used to visit Cornwall when I was little and have yet to return since having children. I really must take them! #theplaceswewillgo

  • Helena says:

    What a beautiful place. I love how beautiful the sea looks and am surprised how close you got to those cows. #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

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