This page provides you with a sample of the walks and places to visit on The Lizard peninsula. We will update this page as more walks and places to visit become available.
To visit Kynance Cove, you might take the single track road across a wide flat heathland, with the sea a tantalising presence; or you may come by way of footpaths by the rugged coastline or through fields of grass or scrub. Whichever way you take, once you arrive, Kynance Cove never fails to impress. With its distinctive serpentine cliffs and sea stacks, rich and varied wildlife and, as the tide retreats, its sandy beaches, rock pools and caves, it is a destination that can be appreciated in all seasons.
For nature lovers, the Lizard’s Goonhilly Downs form a landscape of orchids, butterflies and dragonflies, of lizards and of birds. On a warm day at the right time of year you might see Cornish heath, green-winged orchids, round-leaved sundew, black-tailed skimmers, silver-studded blue butterflies, or perhaps a kestrel hovering overhead.
Golden, sandy Poldhu Cove is situated between Mullion and Gunwalloe. It has a relaxed, intimate atmosphere, and in summer is popular with surfers, swimmers and sandcastle builders and for those wanting to explore rock pools and caves at low tide. In winter, it is popular with locals and visitors who, with or without their dogs, want to take a bracing walk or experience the magnificent waves on a stormy day. Whatever the time of year a beachside café provides a range of snacks and drinks.
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Tucked away at the end of a track off the Helston to Lizard road (A3083), you’ll find a haven of wildlife and flora, including dragonflies and amphibians, but which is known particularly for its birds, both resident and migratory, which make use of its heaths, meadows and wetlands. A seventeenth century windmill greets you as you arrive, and a world of walks and exploration is ahead of you.
It is easy to understand why Kennack Sands is one of the most popular family beaches on The Lizard. With its extensive beaches and impressive cliffs, backed by wonderful rolling sand dunes and, behind the dunes, lovely woodlands that are full of birds all through spring and summer. It is also an excellent location for rockpooling, while others enjoy summertime surfing on the waves – there is plenty to do and explore.
Lizard Point is famed as being the most southerly point on the British mainland, but this is only one of the many reasons tens of thousands of visitors take in the fresh sea air here every year. Extraordinary cliffs and rock formations mixed with an abundance of wildflowers, birds and marine life mean there is never a dull moment when exploring the most southerly point.