Breathing spaces and sunset places
For the finest panoramic views head south to Britain's most southerly point. However be aware it can be unexpectedly foggy here.From Kynance north to Poldhu you can follow the coast as it drops down into hidden coves and caves and rises up to reveal some of the best views and places to watch an incredible sunset.
Storm watching with a pint
In the winter months the west coast is the best place to watch winter storms battering the harbours and beaches from the safety of a village pub. Visit Mullion Cove Hotel near the harbour or the Ship Inn in Porthleven for the best views of the winter swells coming into land as you relax in the warm with a pint.
Or take a trip to Lizard Point and visit the lighthouse heritage centre to find out about the local shipwrecks and how the lighthouse has saved thousands of lives at sea.
The west coast of the Lizard is home to some fantastic beaches, however at Mullion you can visit a small working harbour nestled into the cove. The harbour is a place to witness extremes; on a calm day you can swim in the turquoise water of the inner harbour and on a wild winter's day witness the storms battering the harbour walls.
Marconi's wireless experiments
On the Lizard there are two sites celebrating the historic significance of Marconi's technological discoveries.
At Poldhu you can find out about Marconi's groundbreaking experiments, which sparked the beginnings of the mobile technology revolution. The museum is signposted from the beach car park and is free to enter.
West coast flora
The west coast is the best place to access the Lizard National Nature Reserve (NNR) and the heathlands, home to over 250 species of both national and international importance.If you walk between Lizard and Kynance you can take in a corner of the NNR home to a wealth of colour and life.
From maritime grasslands at Caerthillian, famous amongst botanists for it’s varied species of clovers, to the heathlands around Kynance with species such as wild asparagus and hairy greenweed. Four native species of heather grow here too, ling, bell heather, cross leaved heath and, unique to this area, Cornish heath.
The best time to see the heathlands is between July and August but the coastal species tend to flower a little earlier in the year.
... and fauna
The west coast doesn't only offer incredible and rare flora, there's plenty of fauna too.
You might see the famous Cornish choughs, stonechats and peregrines as well as dragonflies, toads, adders and even lizards.