Hi, I’m Louise, founder of Experience Cornwall Tours and your personal guide for today!
Here at Experience Cornwall Tours, we offer private guided tours to hidden gems and must-see landmarks and attractions, talk about our extraordinary history and colourful culture, giving you a true experience of Cornwall. Today I am going to take you on a virtual tour, of the Lizard Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with hidden thatched fishing villages, impressive harbours, a 260-year-old light house, and much more. So, climb aboard, sit back, and enjoy your tour of Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula.
Mullion Cove’s harbour was completed in 1897, it was financed by Lord Robartes of Lanhydrock, to compensate local fishermen for several bad Pilchard fishing seasons. Its sheltered location provided a safe launching point, but only a couple of boats now work out from here.
In the distance you will see Mullion Island, which provides a safe haven for nesting birds.
This spot is one of Cornwall’s most photographed and painted landscapes, with its rocky outcrops of black/green serpentine stone and golden sandy beach.
We spend half an hour here, taking in those views, wandering along the coast path, looking for grey seals which swim close into shore.
The UK’s most Southerly point. Parking at the National trust car park, we explore this headland. Visit the Lizard Lighthouse which has guided ships in these treacherous waters for 260 years.
Around the corner lies the old lifeboat station, which aided the rescue of troubled sailors, before being re located to a more sheltered spot at Church cove.
The beautiful, thatched fishing village of Cadgwith is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. With colourful working boats lined up on its pebble beach.
We walk a little way up the coast path to view the impressive ‘Devils Frying pan’ a collapsed sea cave, before getting lunch back down in the village. You will not find a fresher crab sandwich anywhere else.
Lying in the centre of the Lizard Peninsula is the Goonhilly Downs nature reserve. This grass land is kept wild for biodiversity, including butterflies, birds, and wildflowers, like the spotted Orchid.
As we drive, you cannot help but notice the large satellite dishes at Goonhilly Earth Station which dominate the skyline.
After all this exploring, it must be time for an ice cream?
But this is not just any ice cream, this is Roskilly’s ice cream! Made using only the milk from their own herd of 125 Jersey cows. There is an abundance of flavours to choose from. You can watch the process in the viewing gallery in the parlour, before indulging in ice cream heaven.
We meander along narrow country roads, driving through the picturesque village of Manaccan, before reaching the riverside village of Helford.
We wonder through this charming village to its focal point, the thatched pub where you can enjoy a refreshing local beverage overlooking the river. This is a view which inspired Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘French Mans Creek’.
If you have time, and the tides allow, catch the passenger ferry to the other side of the water and follow the coastline East. A short/ steep walk brings you to Trebah Gardens private beach, you can get a glimpse of the bay where American troops left to help in the D Day landings. You will even walk down the actual road which was laid for the tanks to reach the beach, which then boarded amphibious boats to be carried across the water to war.
I hope you have enjoyed your virtual tour of Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula. Why not book a private guided tour with me and discover more of Cornwall’s amazing places? Let the adventure begin! Book a tour by calling Louise on 01872 396143
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