The Lizard Peninsular juts out into the Atlantic Ocean forming the most southerly point in mainland Britain. With a unique geology, flora and fauna is it a place of special scientific interest with an interesting history. Visitors love it for its remoteness, quaint villages, hidden coves and beautiful scenery. With plenty to do there are many reasons to lose yourself in this incredible place.
Origins of the name
You will be forgiven for thinking the name comes from mythical sea monsters or reptiles, but unfortunately it does not. It is believed the name is actually derived from the Cornish ‘Lys Ardh’ meaning ‘high court’.
The landscape forms some of the oldest in Britain with towering cliffs made of the well-known green serpentine rock. It is also one of the most botanically biodiverse areas in the United Kingdom, perfect for spotting the remarkable selection of flora and fauna across the coastline. Thanks to its remote location, wildlife can make a home here that is largely undisturbed. It is protected by the work of Natural Lizard a collaboration between National Trust, RSPB, Wildlife Trust and Cornwall AONB.
Helston is the gateway to the Lizard Peninsular and home of the ancient Furry Dance, where local folk come together to celebrate the return of Spring and dance several dances through the streets.
The closest village to the Lizard Point and a popular tourist spot. Enjoy gorgeous walks and lovely cafes with cream teas.
A traditional fishing village with chocolate box cottages and a small harbour. Eat at the Paris Hotel pub or enjoy take away fish and chips on the quay side. It is perfect for a day on the beach too.
Another small village but with a rich history. Visit the grave yard to see a ‘real’ pirates grave. The church served as a market to sailors for the dangerous Manacles. The two pubs around the pretty square provide great pub food and Roskillys farm is just down the road.
An idyllic fishing cove with a beautiful headland and cluster of thatched cottages. Cadgwith Cove Inn is well known for the group of singers that congregate on Friday evening keeping the sea shanty’s alive.
A village on the Helford river. The setting for Daphne Du Mauriers Frenchman’s Creek and home to Shipwrights Arms pub and Helford River Sailing club.
At the very head of the Helford River and not far from Mawgan, Gweek too was a thriving, bustling port as far back as 450 BC. Calmer and more peaceful now, it is perhaps best known as the home to the National Seal Sanctuary.
Kernow Adventure Park is Cornwall’s hidden outdoor activity centre. Located in Kessel Quarry, once a successful granite quarry, now Kessel is flooded with spring water. Book acitivites such as the Aquapark, Eboat Adventures and Stand up Paddleboarding
Home to the famous Roskilly’s Ice-Cream, it is worth a visit to meet the farm animals and enjoy lunch in the Croust House. There are lovely walks through the tree lined valley with ponds.
Explore the Helford River by boat
Hire a boat from Sailaway St Anthony explore the Helford Rivers tree-lined creeks.
Coasteering with Lizard Adventure
Outdoor guided adventures with Lizard Adventure are a must for those wanting to explore the coast. Try coasteering, kayaking, paddle boarding rock climbing or SUP yoga.
Located in between Mullion village and Mullion Cove, this chocolate and craft heaven has formed a friendly community.
Visitors can climb the lighthouse for breathtaking views from the top, learn about the workings of the Lizard Lighthouse and the different aids to navigation and light sources.
Guglielmo Marconi chose the Lizard for his radio transmission station, which was part of the first transatlantic radio message. Visit the centre on its cliff top location to learn about the earliest transatlantic communications.
Take a look at iwalkcornwall app for guided walks. Some like to make a few days of walking the whole peninsular or there are day walks.
Beaches are less crowded than the north coast of Cornwall and popular with visitors. Kynance Cove is particularly spectacular and walking distance from Lizard Village. Other sandy beaches to try are Kennack Sands and Mullion Cove, Poldhu and Church Cove.
Gear Farm is offer what many say are the best pasty’s in Cornwall. You will find them between the villages of Mawgan and St Martin.
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The Lizard Peninsula is a stunning and unique area located on the southernmost tip of Cornwall, England. It is known for its exceptional natural beauty, diverse wildlife, picturesque villages, and rich history. Here’s what you should know about the Lizard Peninsula:
The Lizard Peninsula is characterized by its rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, and beautiful sandy beaches. The area boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and is dotted with picturesque coves and hidden fishing villages. It is also home to some of the most beautiful heathland and wildlife-rich habitats in Cornwall.
Lizard Point is the most southerly point of mainland Britain and is a popular destination for visitors. It offers stunning views of the surrounding sea and rugged cliffs. At Lizard Point, you can visit the Lizard Lighthouse, which provides insights into the area’s maritime history and offers guided tours.