11. Church Cove

Church Cove is an east facing beach at Gunwalloe on the western side of the Lizard Peninsula.

Similarly to neighbouring Poldhu Cove, a sand ridge, or natural berm, currently separates the lower beach from relatively low-lying upper beach. Presently the stream cuts through this ridge.

 The sand is coarse and gritty at the top of the beach and finer lower down.

 There are sand dunes at the top of the beach, grading into wetland.

 There is vehicular access only to the “Church of Storms” on the northern side and no through-road. The eastern side is vegetated sand dune grading into the golf course.

Walkover report and photos of 17 November 2021

DW11_Church Cove_2021-11-17.pdf

Erosion. Risks to local transport routes.
Potential Actions
Develop better understanding of magnitude of future coastal change and dune migration.
Community Groups
None identified
Key Stakeholders
National Trust
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA16
SMP Policy Unit: PU16.4
SMP Policies:
  • Present - No Active Intervention
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 16

A link to the Church Cove page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.