Mullion & Goonhilly
Coverack & Kynance
Cadgwith & St Keverne
Cadgwith and St Keverne.
Part of the fun of exploring The Lizard is visiting the smaller and
out of the way places.
Cadgwith. This must be one of Cornwall's loveliest villages.
Is is crammed with cottages made from rough lumps of serpentine and
roofed with thatch. Roofs covered in thatch are relatively rare in
Cornwall as slate has been in use for many years. The naturally
protected cove is still home to a small fleet of crabbing boats which
are winched up the shingle beach. When the winter storms rage, it can
be quite a sight to see the locals pushing the boats up the steep
roads to the safety of the car park. Just to the south along the
coastal path is the awesome Devil's Frying Pan. This is a 200' deep
hole in the cliffs formed many years ago by the collapse of a sea
cave. Part of the adventure of visiting Cadgwith is navigating the
steep and narrow lanes into the village.
The parish of St Keverne on the eastern side of the Lizard lies
within an ancient area known as the "Meneage". This name is
from the Cornish for "monkish land" and is believed to be a
reference to the presence of several Celtic monasteries before the
conquest. Is is known for certain that a least one of these
monasteries was at St Keverne. The village has a pretty square with
two good pubs. The large Church has a tall spire which can be seen
miles out to sea and has been used as a navigation aid for centuries
by mariners. In the St Keverne Churchyard there is a mass grave which
holds most of the 106 people drowned when the SS Mohegan steamed into
the Manacle Rocks in 1898 and this is only one of the many graves to
those who met a similar fate.
Following the signs out of the village can bring you to the fishing
villages of Porthoustock and Porthallow
Whether the weather is fair or foul, the Lizard is worth a visit.
Lizard Village Mullion
& Goonhilly Coverack & Kynance Cadgwith
& St Keverne