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Things to do in Lizard, Cornwall

This is England's most southerly point but it's less commercialised than Lands End.

Rocks off Lizard point - photo by Dave Quinnell
Rocks off Lizard Point © Dave Quinnell

Whether visited on a bright, spring or summer day or in a mid winter mist there's an appealing quality of remoteness about the town.

A short walk from the village green takes you to the most southerly point where some cafes and gift shops can be found. 

Below, in a small sandy cove, is the now abandoned lifeboat house from which many lifeboat crews launched their boats over the years, to aid fellow seamen in distress.

From Lizard Point the coast path can be followed to the East or West.

Eastwards, the path passes the lighthouse and the Lloyds signal station as it makes its way along the cliffs towards the fishing village of Cadgwith Westwards.

It passes the old lizard head Kynance cove and there are splendid views over mounts bay towards Lands End as it heads for Mullion Gunwaloe.

Lizard lighthouse - photo by Dave Quinnell
Lizard Lighthouse © Dave Quinnell

As much of the coastal area is owned by the National Trust, it is possible to plan from a short stroll right up to a full days walking or a short stroll using the Lizard as a base.

Ships entering and leaving the English channel can be viewed from the vantage points on the cliffs, as can the Fleet Air Arm helicopters on exercises from the near by airbase at Culdrose.

Village amenities include shops (selling Cornish pasties), a post office, hotel and gift shops.

There are several small workshops producing ornaments and gifts from the local serpentine Stone.

This is a relatively soft stone and is usually worked on a lathe in a similar fashion to that of wood turning with chisels.

Summer or winter, The Lizard is a pleasure to visit.

Description by Peter Batchelor

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