Nanquidno Beach – near Kelynack

Location

Latitude: 50° 10.53′ North
Longitude:  5° 69.74′ West

Directions

Following the B3306 south from St Just and 600m past the hamlet of Kelynack is a turning on the right at the northerly tip of Land’s End Airport. Continue for 1.6kms past Nanquidno Farm and just before Nanjulian Farm on the right is a small parking lay-by for 7-8 cars. There is no possible parking past this lay-by and along the private track past the farm. Walk along the track next to the stream for about 300m then on the left is a path down to the beach (a further 300m). Access to the beach involves scrambling down the rocks next to the stream.

Description

Sometimes known as Nanjulian after the nearby mill and farm, this stony beach, made up of rounded granite stones and boulders, is popular with bird watchers and sometimes naturists. It faces due west with wonderful views out to the Brisons Rocks to the north and the Longships with its lighthouse to the south. The beach is not especially memorable as it lacks any sand.

There is a stony foreshore and not really a beach but it is a favourite for many locals.

Facilities

There is no safety equipment and no lifeguard service. At low tide there are numerous rock pools of interest. Dogs are permitted. The nearest toilets and range other facilities are at St Just (4.7kms).

Warning

Occasionally at low water there can be patches of sand but this is rare. There is usually Atlantic swell and surf which with the rocks makes swimming difficult and it is not advisable. There is a reef which is popular with local surfers but it should not be considered unless an experienced surfer and aware of the conditions. Sea water quality is believed to be good but there can be fair amounts of sea borne litter on occasions.

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