Walking

Walking trail

Lizard rarity walk

Walking trail

This is a short walk along the stunning west coast of the Lizard Peninsula, taking in some breathtaking coastal scenery, traditional agriculture and some of the most rare, unique flora and fauna found on The Lizard.

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A Chough feeding near Lizard Point

Map

Map route for lizard rarity walk

Start:

Predannack National Trust car park, grid ref: SW668162

1

Starting from the National Trust car park, climb over the stile in the corner of the car park. Walk down the narrow green lane for about 110yd (100m), to the small stream and stepping stones at the bottom. Walk quietly and you may be lucky enough to see an adder basking on the path edge or on the rocks near the stream.

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Adders are common on the Lizard in Cornwall

2

Take the small wooden stile on you left and follow the path along the edge of the field towards the rock outcrop. As well as lovely views, this outcrop supports some of the unique flora for which The Lizard is famed. Two species of clover (upright and twin headed) might well be growing under your feet.

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The amazing views from the West Coast of the Lizard

3

To the foot of the field in front of you is a small timber and stone stile which takes you down onto the coast path. In early summer these cliffs are swathed in wildflowers, some of which, although common here, are nationally very scarce. Look out for the carpets of spring squill, (and autumn squill in late summer), green winged orchids and the more common thrift and sea campion. Look closer and you may find the more unusual fringed rupturewort, spring sandwort and the parasitic thyme broomrape.

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Green winged orchids are one of a number of rare species growing at Predannack

4

Turn left onto the coast path, pausing at the large rock outcrop overlooking Ogo Dour Cove. This is a good spot for watching chough feeding on the short grazed turf. Seals and, in the summer, even Basking Sharks, are also a common sight.

A Chough chick with its parent near Lizard Point

5

The coast path drops down into the valley, over the little stream, before a steady climb back up the other side.

6

At the top of the hill, a small stone waymarker directs you back towards Predannack Wollas car park. Turn left here, past the clumps of gorse and blackthorn favoured by stonechats and whitethroats in the summer. You may also come across our herd of small Dexter cattle. These small cattle of Irish origin are ideally suited to the rough terrain and poor grazing out on the cliffs. They help to keep the coarse grasses and scrub in check for the benefit of wildlife.

7

Climb over the polished serpentine stone stile and walk down the narrow green lane before turning left onto the track.

8

Cross over the small wooden bridge before returning to the car park through the gate ahead of you.

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End:

Predannack National Trust car park, grid ref: SW668162

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Terrain

This walk takes you across some versatile terrain. There are some stiles and some steep climbs.

Dogs are welcome, but please keep a close eye on them near livestock.

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Contact us

Lizard rarity walk

How to get here

Address
Predannack, Cornwall, TR12 7EZ
By train

Redruth, 20 miles (32.1km).

By road

From Helston, take A3083 towards The Lizard. After about 5 miles (8km), turn right, past Mullion Holiday Park, towards Mullion Village. Go through village and follow directions for Mullion Cove.

After ½ mile (800m) turn left opposite Mullion Meadows towards Predannack. Stay on road for 1.5 miles (2.4km), keeping to left when road forks. Go over cattle grid, across field and downhill. Park in National Trust car park at end.

By bus

Western Greyhound 537 towards The Lizard, alight Mullion. Then 35 minute walk to Predannack car park.

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Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but keep an eye on them near the livestock