The Lizard Peninsula

Discover The Lizard:

Head south on to the Lizard and the scenery changes. The rare geology of the area creates a haven for exceptional plants and flowers. Around the coastline you’ll find little fishing ports with huge granite sea walls to protect from the Atlantic gales, restaurants specialising in freshly caught seafood, and gorgeous sandy bays with jagged black rocks jutting out in to the sea. Stand right on the tip of the Lizard and look out to sea. At 49°57' N, the most southerly point on the UK’s mainland, watch the waves as they hurtle to the shore and imagine the thousands of ships that have passed by this treacherous part of the coast on their way across the Atlantic.

The villages are picture book perfect with tiny thatched cottages clinging together at the ends of the valley in coves where a small fleet of fishing boats catch fresh crab and lobster. In pubs by the shore there’s folk music and traditional Cornish singing. 

Reasons to visit The Lizard

  • Plenty of picturesque coves + beaches to keep you occupied: Coverack Beach Kynance Cove, Kennack Sands and more
  • South West Coast Path walks including The Lizard to Coverack
  • Designated as a National Character Area
  • Lies within Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Things to do

  • Sit at Kynance Cove and simply enjoy the view of the spectacular beach. Billed as having white sand (although it’s a tad beige, in fact), the reflected sunlight turns the water turquoise
  • Walk along the thick harbour walls at Mullion Cove dramatically surrounded by tall stacks of black volcanic rock. Climb up to the hotel on the hill and take in the view
  • Visit St Winwaloe Church located right on the beach at Gunwalloe Church Cove. Dating from the 13th century and also, due to its location, known as the Church of Storms, there is a separate bell tower behind the church and inside you’ll find a 16th century rood screen made of wood from a Portuguese wreck
  • Visit the Lizard Lighthouse and find out more about maritime history in the visitor centre and enjoy the views from the top of the lighthouse
  • Visit Roskilly's farm and watch ice cream and fudge being made, enjoy local food and in the Croust House and walk it off while exploring the nature trails around the farm
  • Enjoy one of Anne's famous pasties whilst looking out over mainland Britain's most southerly point
  • Visit the camels at Rosuick Organic Farm
  • Visit the Marconi Centre at Poldhu Cove and discover the fascinating historical advances made in transatlantic radio communication
  • Take a diving trip and discover dozens of shipwrecks off the notorious Manacles rocks
  • Enjoy a sea fishing trip and catch your supper
  • Explore picturesque villages, coves and harbours such as Coverack, Cadgwith, Portholland and St Keverne  

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The Lizard beaches

West Cornwall
Loe Bar beach is a half mile shingle bank which separates the Loe, the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall, from the sea.  Loe Bar was originally the mouth of the River Cober which led to a harbour in Helston.

West Cornwall > The Lizard
Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall, the contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red and green serpentine rock produces a breathtaking sight. A seasonal dog ban operates

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Gunwalloe is an attractive south-west facing cove on the Lizard with a stream running through the sandy beach that is ideal for paddling. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

West Cornwall > The Lizard
This attractive fishing village on the Lizard has two small east-facing shingle beaches and home to local fishing boats.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Poldhu Cove, also known as Black Pool Cove, is a lovely west-facing sandy beach. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Polurrian Cove lies close to the village of Mullion on The Lizard and is a southwest-facing beach with golden sand and patches of fine shingle.

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Kennack Sands, near the village of Kuggar on the Lizard peninsula, is comprised of two beaches with some grassy areas which are divided by the small hill of Carn Kennack

West Cornwall
Mullion Cove on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula is a small sandy beach, mostly covered at high tide, beside the historic lifeboat station and picturesque Mullion harbour. 

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