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The Lizard Peninsula

A place to visit all year round

The Lizard Peninsula is an area which remains unspoilt by industry, the peninsula represents a paradox – ruggedly facing the elements but with a climate that is one of the mildest in the country. Nestled between the rocks and cliffs of the coastline you will find numerous fishing villages hardly altered over the years. Traditional whitewashed cottages, thatched cottages and in some cases contemporary-designed homes gather around tiny harbours in communities that, to a great extent, still depend on the sea for their livelihoods.

A few reasons to visit The Lizard Peninsula:

  • Numerous picturesque coves and sandy beaches for you to enjoy such as Kynance Cove, Kennack Sands, Coverack beach and Polurrian Cove
  • Walk the South West Coast Path from The Lizard to Coverack
  • Stroll along the harbour walls at Mullion Cove dramatically surrounded by stacks of black volcanic rock
  • Visit the Lizard Lighthouse and find out about the local maritime history and enjoy the magical views from the top
  • Watch ice cream and local fudge being made at Roskilly’s farm
  • Munch your way through one of Ann’s famous pasties whilst looking out across the ocean
  • Visit the camels at Rosuick Organic Farm
  • Find out about the fascinating radio telecommunications history surrounding the Marconi Centre at Poldhu Cove
  • Take part in a diving trip to discover numerous shipwrecks off the notorious Manacles rocks
  • Catch your own supper on a sea fishing trip
  • Explore the many quaint villages including Coverack, Cadgwith, Portholland and St Keverne

Anyone visiting the Lizard Peninsula should also make certain to visit the Helford Valley, with its deep, sheltered valleys, tiny hamlets and creek-side cottages. Frenchman’s Creek is where Daphne du Maurier came on her honeymoon to find the inspiration needed for her tales of smuggling and romance. The Helford is one of the most unspoilt rivers in Cornwall with its ancient oak forests and hidden creeks. A pedestrian ferry links the north and south banks of the river. Take the crossing over to Helford Passage – home of the famous Ferryboat Inn where you can dine on delicious, freshly-caught fish - and explore the sub-tropical gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan.