About The Lizard Peninsula
The Lizard Peninsula is the most southerly point in the UK and is almost like an island surrounded as it is by sea studded with numerous coves and beaches. For the visitor, the Lizard has everything - spectacular cliff walks, water sports, glorious sandy beaches, golf and pony trekking, to name but a few. The Helford river to the north, has an unspoilt estuary which stretches from Falmouth bay to the old port of Gweek. RNAS Culdrose on the Lizard is the base for helicopter squadrons and is home to the air/sea rescue team.
The Lizard has many picturesque villages and superb cliff walks. This surprisingly large area tends to attract visitors who want to get away from it all. Historically, the area has seen many shipwrecks and is historically rife with tales of smugglers.
- Lizard village - pretty and full of character with a mini-market, butchers, pasty shop, post office, a good pub, fish and chip shop, restaurant, coffee shop, and gift shops - often selling the locally turned Serpentine. A short stroll will take you right down to the lighthouse at Lizard point.
- Mullion is the largest village on the Lizard. Inland, it makes an ideal base from which to explore. A short walk or drive brings you to picturesque Mullion Cove or various sandy beaches.
- Cadgwith is a charming harbour village close to the Lizard village where Charles Dance’s “Ladies in Lavender” starring Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith was filmed. There are still a few fishing boats which work out of the harbour.
- Coverack is a very pretty cove with a relatively sheltered bay protected by a small harbour wall, and is ideal for water sports. The cove is suitable for fishing and swimming.
- St. Keverne is a small inland village a mile from the coastal path. It is built around a central square and has two pubs and several shops.
- Gweek is a small port just east of Helston and has a pub, and shop/post office. The nearby Seal Sanctuary is well worth a visit.
- Helston - although not on the Lizard it is the nearest big town and boasts both a large Tesco and Sainsbury’s supermarket. There is a high street with local shops, pubs and cafes and a boating lake and play area for the children.
Things to do/places to see:
- Beaches - there are plenty to choose from. Some of the protected coves are operated by the National Trust and others simply operate an honesty box parking system.Kynance Cove especially is a lovely place for children to paddle, swim and explore the rocks. Housel Bay, below the hotel of the same name, has a great sandy beach at low water. Other good spots include Kennack Sands, Gunwalloe, Poldhu and Polurrian. There's an excellent guide to beaches on The Lizard here .
- Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. Meet the rescued seals and sea lions and make sure you’re there for feeding time!
- Visit Roskilly’s farm where their exceptional ice cream is made., before sampling one or two flavours.
- Explore the coastal path and enjoy the spectacular views and opportunities for bird and seal spotting.
- Grange Fruit Farm, near Gweek - pick your own fruit to take home and then enjoy a cream tea.
- RNAB Culdrose hosts an annual air day in the Summer and has a viewing platform for enthusiasts.