9. Kennack Sands

Kennack Sands is a south facing beach on the Lizard Peninsula and is the most southerly of our locations.

There are two beaches, separated by a rock outcrop. The cliffs are of serpentine. Each beach has a small stream running onto it with low-lying wetland behind the backshore of the beach.

The beach material is a medium-grained sand with very few shell fragments, being mostly quartz and mica with lithic fragments. There are cobbles of gabbro and serpentine in swathes and in stream beds. 

There is a fairly small area of dune on the west side of the eastern beach. The eastern beach is backed by concrete walls that are old WW2 defences but have collapsed in places.

Walkover report and photos of 17 November 2021


Localised erosion.
Potential Actions
Develop better understanding of magnitude of future coastal change and dune migration.
Community Groups
Local Surf Club.
Key Stakeholders

  • National Trust
  • RNLI
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA15
SMP Policy Unit: PU15.5
SMP Policies:
  • Present - Managed Realignment
  • Transition - Managed Realignment
  • Target - Managed Realignment
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 15

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