GUNWALLOE Cove - CHURCH COVE BEACH

Gunwalloe

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Gunwalloe Church Cove beach
Loe bar near porth leven

Loe Bar and Loe Lake

 

Gunwalloe

Church Cove Beach at Gunwalloe, is a sheltered, south west-facing cove on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula in south west Cornwall.

This is a popular family beach, with a small stream running across it that is ideal for paddling - Church Cove is an excellent beach for swimming and has life guard patrols during the summer months.

The beach has a range of facilities nearby, including National Trust Parking and Toilets. The National Trust car park offers disabled access to the beach.

  • National Trust car park
  • Toilets
  • cafe - Refreshments
  • Lifeguard during summer months
  • No dogs Easter to October
  • Sat Nav Co-ordinates: N50º 02' 31.54" W5º 16' 12.81"

Dogs are allowed on the beach outside of the peak holiday season.

The area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The beach gets its name from one of the more curiously-sited of Cornwall's old churches, the church of St Winwaloe (St Wynwallow,) at Gunwalloe. Located at the northern end of the beach, the church is separated from the sea only by the rocky hump of Castle Mound, whilst its detached bell tower is actually dug into the cliff side.

The church is known as the Church of the Storms due to its unique and precarious position; which has frequently, over the centuries, had to be reinforced by the tipping of vast quantities of granite into the gap between the church and Dollar Cove to break the force of the waves. There was a major settlement here between the ninth and eleventh centuries, hence the siting of the church in such a seemingly isolated place.

Today there is just church, farm and sandy beach - an idyllic spot, except in a storm. To the north is Halzephron Cliff, scene of many shipwrecks; the name comes from the Cornish als and yfarn, meaning 'Hell's cliff'. Nearby there is good food to be had at the Halzephron Inn.

On the Cliff tops by the Loe Bar National Trust car park - between Loe Bar and Gunwalloe, is a memorial plaque commemorating the men lost at sea during the sinking of HMS Anson. HMS Anson was shipwrecked in 1807- the frigate was beached during a storm - locals were prevented from saving many of the crew due to the ferocity of the storm. The incident led to the invention of the rocket powered rescue system for ships in distress, by Helston man Henry Trengrouse. He originally named the device as the 'Bosun's Chair' - which later change its more common name the ' breeches buoy'.

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GUNWALLOE PORTHLEVEN HOLIDAY RENTAL

St Michaels Farmhouse  Parking Available St Michaels Farmhouse
Tel: 01736 741176.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Ludgvan with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from £600 to £1850


Lower Tregiddle Holiday Cottages  Parking Available Lower Tregiddle Holiday Cottages
Tel: 01275 791113.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Gunwalloe with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups,


Villa Comino  Parking Available Villa Comino
Tel: 01483 534831.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Praa Sands with Sea Views- sleeps 7. Prices from £245 to £860


Rosehill House Cottage  Parking Available Rosehill House Cottage
Tel: 01736 719176.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Marazion with Sea Views- sleeps 2. Sat Changeover, Prices from £330 to £550


Chy An Mor Holiday Apartments  Parking Available Chy An Mor Holiday Apartments
  Self-catering Holiday Apartment Rental in Marazion with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Sat Changeover, Prices from £350 to £750


An Mordros Hotel  An Mordros Hotel
Tel: 01326 562236.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from £38 to £42.5


Cornerstones Holiday Lettings - Praa Sands  Parking Available Cornerstones Holiday Lettings - Praa Sands
Tel: 07766 866 239.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Praa Sands with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from £550 to £1050


Trevarthian Holiday Homes  Parking Available Trevarthian Holiday Homes
Tel: 01736 710100.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Penzance with Sea Views- sleeps 6.


Porthleven Holiday Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Porthleven Holiday Cottages
Tel: 01326 574 270. Visit England / Quality in Tourism  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Porthleven with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Fri + Sat Changeover, Pets Welcome


Jericho Cottages  Parking Available Jericho Cottages
Tel: 01736 711931.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Marazion with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Sat Changeover, Prices from £195 to £845


Beachcomber Holidays - Praa Sands  Pets Allowed Parking Available Beachcomber Holidays - Praa Sands
Tel: 01736 763154.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Praa Sands with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from £545 to £1345 Pets Welcome


Little Barns (slps 2+), The Tea House (slps 2) , The Cabin (slps 3+)   Parking Available Little Barns (slps 2+), The Tea House (slps 2) , The Cabin (slps 3+) 
Tel: 01736 741176.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Ludgvan with Sea Views- sleeps 7. Prices from £385 to £650


Enoch Vean Bed & Breakfast  Parking Available Enoch Vean Bed & Breakfast
Tel: 01326 291170.   En-Suite B&B Stays in The Lizard with Sea Views- sleeps 2. Prices from £95 to £95


 

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