Walks & trails

Walkers resting near Lizard Point © NTPL

Walkers resting near Lizard Point

Walking on the Lizard

With some of the finest walking in the UK, if not the world, all year round here on the Lizard it's an ideal base to take to the South West Coast Path or explore the many inland routes. Whether you're new to walking or take 10 mile hikes in your stride choose from one of our favourite routes below or get out a map and create your own.

Most southerly walk

Lizard Lighthouse at Lizard Point © Olivia Dale/NT

Lizard Lighthouse at Lizard Point

This is a short one mile walk around Lizard Point, mainland Britain's most southerly point. It takes in local geology, history and wildlife and the views aren't bad either.  The terrain is suitable for the whole family and is well worth a stomp for those who prefer a challenge too, don't forget to have a cream tea at Polpeor cafe.

The Lizard coastal walk

West Coast of the Lizard © Olivia Dale/NT

West Coast of the Lizard

This walk is a longer version of the most southerly walk that includes Kynance and Bass Point. The walk is approximately six miles in distance but suitable for all the family so you could easily pack a picnic and make a day of it. Look out for the wildflowers in spring along the coast and on the heathlands, and basking sharks cruising off of the coast in the summer.

Rarity walk

Dexter cattle grazing at Predannack © National Trust

Dexter cattle grazing at Predannack

A short one mile walk around Predannack with options to go further along the coast to Mullion. This walk takes in the flora and fauna as well as the local farms. It's worth timing your walk to visit at low tide when you can get down to the sand to explore caves and a waterfall.  The local herd of National Trust owned Dexter cows can often be seen conservation grazing various areas along this stretch of coast to help make it easier for wildlife to live and feed there.

Mills, fishing and serpentine

Poltesco's historic industrial remains © Sue Brackenbury

Poltesco's historic industrial remains

A walk of discovery through the quiet and secluded Poltesco valley and out to Caerleon cove. This short walk of just over a mile, takes in the old mills, harbour and serpentine factories that once made Poltesco one of Cornwall's most important industrial hubs. What is left of these buildings now lets your imagination tell the story. The walk also leads through the magical unspoilt woodlands where wildlife is abundant.

Silver dollars and shipwrecks

The medieval church at Gunwalloe © Jim Parry

The medieval church at Gunwalloe

Gunwalloe is home to three beautiful coves but before modern navigation they were once a real threat to ships coming back from long sails across the Atlantic. At Church Cove visit the beautiful medieval church that divides the beach from Dollar Cove, named so because it's still possible to find washed up silver dollar coins from a wreck that spilled its cargo in the 18th century. An easy one to two mile walk taking in some of the west coast's most scenic views.

Geocaching

Whether you're a beginner or a pro there are lots of caches to choose from all over the Lizard including the country's most southerly cache.

For a list of the various geocaches on the Lizard, check out the link below.

Running trails

Part of the Penrose outdoor gym circuit

Part of the Penrose outdoor gym circuit

Not only do the various footpaths and bridleways offer a variety of walking, cycling and horse riding, they also provide a unique opportunity to run some of the most scenic routes in the UK.

Coast path running is becoming increasingly popular as well as trail running, and there are a number of popular routes on the Lizard. The best route that we can recommend however is at Penrose and follows the 10km circuit of Loe Pool. You can run sections or the whole route taking in a combination or beach, woodland and parkland. Also on this route is our outdoor gym, with several pieces of apparatus to really push your workout routine that little bit harder.

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