How not to be a lounge lizard

Coasteering near Lizard Point

The breathtaking view from Lizard Point – mainland Britain’s most southerly tip - will stay in your mind’s eye long after you have pulled your gaze away. Its dramatic cliffs, white beaches and turquoise seas lift even the most indifferent of souls. But why see it from terra firma? Add a little responsible adventuring to the mix and the experience will be etched in your memory forever.

It really is a question of looking before you leap on the Lizard, though. The world is fast learning that high-octane exploration is not always compatible with protecting the wilderness. It’s now well documented that motorised sports like jet-skiing are contributors to marine pollution, but did you know even an excited scream or a careless trample can significantly disrupt precious ecosystems? 

Adventure, and without harming nature

Worry not. A spot of adrenaline-fuelled fun is even headier when it is guilt-free, so with the core belief that the best way to get the most out of nature is to impact upon it the least, we work alongside outdoor activity providers to allow you to go wild in the wild. 
Every activity offered by Lizard Adventure, from coasteering to learning survival skills, works with and not against the rich and rare landscape so that the flora and fauna can continue to thrive uninterrupted. 

Kayaking on the Lizard

So, you want to know what a respectful but riotous time on the Lizard looks like? Let’s start with kayaking. Claire, a qualified marine biologist, will meet you at the tiny Mullion Harbour – which still supports a small fishing community - and kit you out with helmets, buoyancy aids and sit-on kayaks. Once suited and booted, the sheltered waters of the historic cove are the perfect introduction to sea kayak safety. Hand signals and man-overboard procedures addressed, the wider sea awaits. Scalloping the cliff edge, Claire will teach you how to navigate narrow rocky passages and catch a gentle wave. 
Kayaking at Mullion Cove
Kayaking at Mullion Cove, Lizard Point and Kynance Cove
Kayaking at Mullion Cove
The Lizard’s coastline is dotted with hidden caves and secret beaches that can’t be seen or even accessed from the land. Claire might show you the geologically rare and precious talc or serpentine in the cliffs. The Lizard is only one of two places in the UK where these minerals are found. Locals used to mine it by dangling themselves over the cliff edge on a Bosun’s chair. 
Perhaps she will take you to Seal Cove, where the sight of a bob of seals playing in the shallows is another one for the memory bank. You’ll be floating at an unobtrusive distance but if the seals are feeling curious, they might swim up to your boat for an investigation anyway. Next stop might be a National Trust owned island dedicated to the conservation of local bird species, so voices must be kept down when paddling around it. In the calm, you can hear the calls of oystercatchers, guillemots, cormorants and black-backed gulls overhead. From the kayak you will be able to see the sheltered notches in the rocks where they nest.

Surfing at Poldhu

Enjoying the waves at Poldhu
Getting above the waves at Poldhu
Enjoying the waves at Poldhu
There is surfing at Poldhu beach, where a school run by the former English Champion and big wave rider Dan Joel champions puts the environment high on its list, or stick to dry land with Porthleven Cycles. All the activity providers working with us on the Lizard are there to allow us all to enjoy this fabulous landscape, so get out there and get exploring. 


And in case you were wondering, yes - ‘bob’ is the collective noun for seals!