Kynance Cove

view of kynance

Continuing the themes of exploring and beach fun that ran through our trip to Cornwall last week, we spent a fantastic afternoon at Kynance Cove. It’s not an easy beach to visit. To start with you have to get the tides just right: at high tide there’s no beach at all, just the waves crashing around the serpentine rocks. Then there’s the walk down from the car park – incredible views but steep and slippery. There is a route that’s apparently suitable for pushchairs but I was very glad of my Connecta! Once we made it down, though, it was clear it had been worth the effort: turquoise waters, white sand, and dramatic cliffs rising high above us.

The timing of it all meant we were well overdue lunch when we arrived – there was no doubt Arthur was hungry but it was definitely a challenge getting him to sit still for long enough to eat a sandwich…


He was much happier once we’d stripped him off and put him in his little wetsuit – raring to go and explore!


Another layer to protect him from the sun and he was off – running towards the sea with us following in quick pursuit.


He loved sitting in the sand with the water swirling around him, but even though I was right there this did begin to make me nervous – there are some pretty vicious rip tides at Kynance at low tide, and even in the shallows things looked a little unpredictable.


We managed to distract him for a while with the pools that formed by the rocks. He was curious about the seaweed strands that hung down and tickled his toes, and spent ages flicking sand onto his legs to watch the patterns that it made.


When he was ready to head back towards the sea we managed to divert him into a larger pool that had formed in the sand. He loved splashing around at its edges, and a couple of times tried to fling himself in for a swim!


After a while even Arthur began to get chilly, but soon warmed up with an impromptu game of football. He loved chasing around after the ball, and even managed to kick it a couple of times! He hasn’t managed that before, and was almost as impressed as me with his new skill.


He was less impressed when we told him it was time to go – I swear my little boy would happily live his life on the beach if we let him! But he soon began to realise the appeal of being warm and dry and was all smiles again before too long.


16 thoughts on “Kynance Cove

  1. Charly Dove

    Oh wow Sophie what a wonderful place to visit! Kynance Cove sounds absolutely brilliant and it looks awesome. The harder to reach places are always worth the effort aren’t they. Love the photos too, Arthur is just so adorable! Thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

  2. Dean B

    Love your photos! We live in North Cornwall and I’ve never visited Kynance Cove. Must put this on the never-ending list of places to visit, especially since it’s sort of in the area where we live 🙂 Glad the sun was out when you guys visited, since it’s sort of disappeared the past few days 😉

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      I would definitely recommend it! There are lots of places I’d like to visit in North Cornwall – we’re planning on a bit of a road trip this summer… Hopefully we’ll get some of that glorious weather back! 🙂

  3. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    We have a beach we call the “secret beach” which looks just like that. Even in August we can be the only ones there as it is a hike along a coast path to reach it. To me these are the best beaches here in Cornwall. Glad you discovered one and hope this one comes to Country Kids next week.

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      Definitely good to have some secret beaches for when the hoards descend in the summer! Will link it up to Country Kids unless we have any other adventures in the meantime 🙂

  4. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Is it okay if I ask how do you take photos like this and whats your cam? I am always in love with your photos and this one is the best that I have seen! The place, the sun and Arthur makes the photo more interesting =) #LetKidsBeKids

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      Thanks Merlinda 🙂 I mainly just use my iPhone to be honest, but the trick is in the camera+ app – it has a feature called ‘clarity’ which just seems to bring out all the colours so it’s more like what you actually see. Without it I feel like the pics can be a bit flat – I know I could probably solve that with a better camera but I rarely remember to bring it with me!

  5. Let kids be kids

    What a lovely beach. I remember rock pools as a child, I really hope my kids get to experience them some time. It looks like he had a great time.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s