Planning your visit to Poldhu Cove

Tucked away on the west side of the Lizard, Poldhu is a favourite spot for visitors and local families. With plenty to offer we've compiled the following information to help you plan your day.

Poldhu Cove

Poldhu, meaning 'black pool' in Cornish, is situated on the west coast of the Lizard about a mile north of Mullion. Poldhu’s large sandy beach is a favourite with visitors and locals alike, offering all the fun of a day on the coast. The beach is backed by sand dunes, which have grown in size since parking on the beach was stopped by the National Trust in the 1970s, and a stream trickles across the cove. In the summer months the low soft cliffs are home to sand martins. These acrobatic birds raise their young in holes in the cliffs, before they head off in October for some winter warmth in Africa. 


Facilities at Poldhu

The café at Poldhu is owned and run by Ross and his family, and they are normally open nearly every day of the year which makes Poldhu a great spot for a winter walk with the dog, or for watching storm waves crash in.

Poldhu is popular with surfers and there is a small surf school. Former professional surfer Dan Joel offers lessons from £25 with £1.00 of each booking coming back to the National Trust to help us with our local conservation work.

Surfing at Poldhu
Surfing at Poldhu, Helston
Surfing at Poldhu

There is a council operated pay and display car park oppostie the beach where a bus serving Mullion and Helston also stops.


Bringing your dog

There is a council enforced dog ban in operation on the beach from 1 July to 31 August, 10am-6pm, but you can still walk your dogs on the footpaths around the beach. To find out more about which beaches are dog friendly please click here