Walking

Walking trail

The Lizard coastal walk, Cornwall

Walking trail

This walk around the Lizard Peninsula, the southerly tip of mainland Britain, takes in dramatic cliff scenery, rare wildflowers and an interesting coastal history.

Draw pictures in the sand at Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove has a sandy beach and islands of serpentine stone. The bay attracted visitors in Victorian times and still captivates people today.

Lizard Lighthouse at Lizard Point

Map

Map route for the Lizard coastal walk, Cornwall

Start:

Kynance Cove, grid ref: SW703125

1

Set out from Kynance Cove, heading towards Lizard Point. Look for the Devils Letterbox on the north side of Asparagus Island - a cave crack with powerful suction caused by the pull of air from the waves below.

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2

Steps lead to a headland from the eastern end of Kynance beach. Walk through the car park and rejoin the cliff path.

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3

Follow the cliff path, passing above Pentreath beach.

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4

Look down towards the disused Victorian lifeboat station at Polpeor Cove.

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5

The Lizard Lighthouse is just round the headland from Lizard Point.

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6

Lions Den is a 39ft (12m) hole in the cliff created when a cave collapsed one night in the mid-1800s.

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7

With stunning views, Pen Olver is the perfect spot for a picnic. Please take your rubbish home.

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8

From Bass Point Old Signal Station, head left inland to Lizard village.

9

Pass the village green taking a path towards Kynance Cove.

End:

Kynance Cove, grid ref: SW703125

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The Lizard coastal walk, Cornwall

Terrain

Along sandy beaches and stony cliff top paths. Some slopes and steps: height gain of over 700ft (220m).

Seasonal dog bans in operation on some beaches, including Kynance Cove.

The Lizard coastal walk, Cornwall

Contact us

The Lizard coastal walk, Cornwall

How to get here

Address
The Lizard, Cornwall
By road

Lizard village is 11 miles (17.7km) from Helston. Car parks at Kynance and Lizard.

By bus

Regular bus service from Helston throughout the year.

The Lizard coastal walk, Cornwall

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park at Kynance Cove
  • Café (National Trust-approved concession) at Kynance Cove (open March to October)
  • Toilets (including partly adapted) at Kynance Cove car park
  • Seasonal dog bans in operation on some beaches, including Kynance Cove