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. The beaches
along this stretch at some of the best on the Lizard no matter what time of year you visit, featuring white sand and turquoise seas all best explored on foot via the South West Coast Path.
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 at Mullion 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 a cup of tea.
As a consequence of the storms the west coast stretch in particular is home to hundreds of shipwrecks. Take a trip to Lizard Point and visit the lighthouse heritage centre
to find out about these local wrecks and how the lighthouse has saved thousands of lives at sea, or scan the beaches after a storm and you may even find some lost treasure.
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. Find out more about our work to look after Mullion here.
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.