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Fox Cove  



Fox Cove is a small hidden crescent of golden sand that only reveals itself at low tide, lying halfway between Porthcothan and Treyarnon Bay. The cove, largest of the three inlets here at this point, is difficult to access. The other coves are Pepper Cove and Chair Cove.


The cove is split in two, and is separated spike of rock that juts out from the cliffs, and is completely inaccessible at high tide. As the water retreats the yellow sands of the beach is revealed. This quite and empty beach is a pleasant alternative to neighbouring beaches.


Fox Cove unfortunately does not have lifeguard cover during the year, so you have to take extra precaution if swimming here. Please be sure to observe the beach safety code.


On the 12th May 1969 a tanker by the name of Hemsley I, was sailing from Liverpool to Antwerp for breaking. The tanker ship did not make it to Antwerp, but run ashore at Fox Cove and sank.


According to the report in The Times at the time, she had seriously lost her way and believed she was off The Lizard, on the south coast. Her distress call stated that that she had foundered on the rocks below Lizard Point in thick mist, and had no power, steam or lights. Lifeboats and coastguards around the south coast were alerted and the search extended until she was finally located at Fox Cove.

Nearby Beaches


Treyarnon Bay (0.5m)


Porthcothan Bay (0.6m)


Constantine Bay (0.8m)


Mother Ivey's Bay (1.4m)


Pentire Steps Beach (1.4m)


Bedruthan Steps Beach (1.6m)


Harlyn Bay (2.0m)


Mawgan Porth Beach (2.3m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities

Sandy with rocky outcrops


Lifeguard Service Facilities



Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dogs allowed all year round.


OS Grid Reference - SW 85519 73285

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 185519 : 073285

Postcode (nearest) PL28 8JS

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW855732

Latitude : Longitude : 50.519948 : -5.0270391



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