Mullion & Goonhilly
Coverack & Kynance
Cadgwith & St Keverne
Lizard village is the southernmost village in mainland Britain. The
village is dominated by a large green which becomes a car park in the
summer. At the side of the green is the "Top House" a large
comfortable pub serving good food all throughout the summer. Dotted
around the green are several cafes and gift shops, many of which sell
the carved serpentine stone.
One can either park free in the village and take the path down to
Lizard Point or you can drive down and park in the National Trust car
park next to the lighthouse. The splendid Lizard Light is the oldest
mainland light in Cornwall with the twin towers dating back to 1752
although a light was known to have been here since 1619. Tours of the
light are conducted during the summer and it is well worth the
trouble especially to see the two giant fog horns which can be heard
for miles out to sea. At the point itself, there are refreshments, a
small beach and the disused Lizard Lifeboat Station.
Following the coastal path to the east will bring you to the Lloyds
signalling tower. This was used in the old days to communicate with
passing ships by semaphore to determine what cargo they were bringing
back with them. The information was then taken overland to the port
they were headed for. Further along is the new Lizard Lifeboat
Station built at the base of a cliff in a narrow but sheltered cove.
The crew reach the boathouse by means of a lift from the car park
above. Carrying on to Church Cove and heading inland will bring you
back to the village passing the most southerly church on the way.
This walk is about five miles but seems more as the path climbs and
drops with the coastline.
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Whether the weather is fair or foul, the Lizard is worth a visit.
Lizard Village Mullion
& Goonhilly Coverack & Kynance Cadgwith
& St Keverne