If you’re searching for some of Cornwall’s most dramatic coastline and enchanting fishing coves, you can’t beat the Lizard.
At the National Trust managed Lizard point, you’ll find a 250 year old lighthouse which marks Britain’s most southerly point, a YMCA, several cliff top cafes and the old lifeboat station. If you’re a NT member, head down to their clifftop car park. If you’re not a member and would rather not pay the £5 a day parking fee, park in Lizard village and walk the footpath down to the point.
The walk from the NT car park to the old Lifeboat station is push chair and wheel chair friendly, all be it a little steep in places. There’s a more direct route down the steps banked with wildflowers. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot seals or even basking sharks in the water below. Keep an eye out for the elusive Cornish Chough too.
As you approach the Old Lifeboat station, stop by the NT shop where Rangers are often on hand to chat about the incredible wildlife of the Lizard peninsula. When we visited there was a board listing what had been spotted that morning. Over two dozen varieties of birds were on the board, making this a twitchers paradise.
If you’re feeling fit, there’s a small beach down the track past the old lifeboat station. If however you’d rather just sit with a coffee and take in the view, head to the terrace at Polpeor Cafe. It’s like a step back in time, but the cliff top tables can’t be beaten!