Lizard Point

The Lizard

Trekking out to Lizard Point is a fine way to while away an hour or two. A trail leads here from the village, past the lighthouse to the point itself, where another steep track winds down to the long-disused lifeboat station and shingly cove. At the time of writing, a landslip meant that the cove path had been closed for public access, so you might just have to admire the view from the cliffs instead.

In May and June Lizard Point is one of the best places in Cornwall to spot basking sharks, and if you’re really lucky you might catch sight of a Cornish chough; there are several nesting sites nearby.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Lizard attractions

1. Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre


Rising above Lizard Point, the whitewashed lighthouse was built in 1751 and has protected ships from the treacherous rocks ever since. Although it's now…

2. Housel Bay


A minuscule scrap of sand and boulders edged by tall cliffs, this tiny cove makes for a pretty picture – and if you're a confident swimmer, the submerged…

3. Kynance Cove

1.23 MILES

A mile north of Lizard Point, this National Trust–owned inlet is an absolute showstopper, studded with craggy offshore islands rising out of searingly…

4. Predannack Wollas

2.07 MILES

Mullion's beaches are inevitably busy in summer, so if you're after a bit of solitude then you're best off hiking south along the coast path from Mullion…

5. Devil's Frying Pan

2.14 MILES

Up on the cliffs above Cadgwith, a collapsed blowhole plunges 60m straight down into the broiling sea. It gets its devilish name from the way it spits out…

6. Cadgwith

2.28 MILES

This titchy village is truly a postcard come to life. With its idyllic huddle of thatched houses and fisher’s cottages, set at the foot of a lung…

7. Mullion Cove

4.53 MILES

Mullion's tiny fishing fleet operates out of this tiny harbour, a very Cornish cluster of boats, slipway and slate-topped cottages. There's precious…

8. Polurrian Cove

4.94 MILES

This small wedge of southwest-facing sand is easily reached from Mullion's village centre, which makes it a popular spot in summer. It makes a good…