Cadgwith Cove
Cadgwith Cove


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Cadgwith, on the east coast of The Lizard, is an idyllic Cornish fishing village with a fleet of working boats which can be seen hauled out on the beach of this beautiful cove.

Thatched and whitewashed stone cottages cluster around the cove. The old pilchard cellars still remain, now converted to holiday accommodation. Todays fishermen rely on crabs and lobsters and the brightly coloured crab pots can be seen stacked up on the beach.

Perched on the cliff to the north of the cove is a small building, an old coastguard look-out point from the 19th century.

Cadgwith has its own gig team and races are held throughout the summer.

The film ladies in Lavender (2004), starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith was set in Cadgwith.

In his 'Week at the Lizard' of 1874, C.A. Johns describes the population of the village thus, " The population is comprised principally of fishermen, to whom may be added the greater part of preventative men belonging to the station. Many of these last spend a considerable part of their leisure time in polishing specimens of serpentine, and as in the discharge of their duty they are obliged to perambulate the whole of the coast, they frequently fall in with the rarer and more beautiful varieties".

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To the south of the cove at Inglewidden is an interesting geological feature, a huge abyss in the cliff known as The Devil's Frying Pan or in Cornish, 'Hugga Dridgee'. Believed to have been created by erosion and the relentless power of the elements and the collapse of a cave, the sea foams and boils in this Devil's Frying Pan during south-easterly gales.

Where to Stay in Cadgwith

General Information

Cadgwith has good local services including toilets, shops and cafes. There is a good range of accommodation available in the village and nearby.

For holiday accommodation in Cadgwith see accommodation listings or for accommodation throughout Cornwall see our Cornwall Accommodation.

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Located in the Kerrier district of Cornwall on its South coast on the Lizard peninsula.

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G.P.S. N 49 59.211' W 005 10.766'

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