Lizard Point: the most southerly walk

Walking trail

Take in the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean on this walk along Lizard Point, the most southerly place in Britain.

Lifeboat station at Polpeor Cove, Lizard Point


Map route for Lizard Point the most southerly walk


Lizard Point National Trust car park, grid ref: SW703116


Start at the National Trust car park next to the Lizard Lighthouse. The lighthouse, one of the largest in the world, was automated in 1998 and its engine rooms are now open to the public during the summer months.

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Lizard Lighthouse at Lizard Point


From the lighthouse car park walk down to Lizard Point, following signs to the most southerly point. Look out for seals in the cove. The succulent plant growing here is the Hottentot Fig, an import from South Africa which has been steadily encroaching in areas, smothering some of the rare plants that grow on these cliffs, like the prostrate asparagus.

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An Atlantic Seal pops up above the water at Lizard Point


At the point car park bear right and join the South West Coast Path in front of the Wave Crest Café.

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Walk along the coast path and look out for some Cornish choughs on the way. The birds returned to Cornwall in 2001 after an absence of 30 years and have been here ever since.

A Chough feeding near Lizard Point


Take the steps down to Pistol Meadow, the burial site of over 200 people when the Royal Anne troop ship went down on the off-lying reefs in 1720. In keeping with the tradition of the day, the troops were denied a Christian burial and put into a mass grave at the valley bottom. Climb out of the valley on the coast path up the slope towards Old Lizard Head.

A similar ship to the Royal Anne, lost off of Lizard Point in 1720


From the top of Old Lizard Head, looking west, you can see out towards Kynance Cove and beyond. Our hardy band of Shetland ponies and our tenants cattle help maintain the rich flora and fauna of the coastal slopes, which make an ideal habitat for feeding choughs.

Shetland pony (Equus caballus) conservation grazing the coastline near Beagles Point, Coverack, The Lizard, Cornwall


Take the footpath inland over the stile built into the dry stone wall and walk across the field back towards Pistol Meadow.


Carry on over another stile into Pistol Meadow field and rejoin the coast path to return to Lizard Point. To avoid the stiles, retrace your steps from route point 6 along the coast path.

The cliffs above Pistil Meadow


We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to


Lizard Point National Trust car park, grid ref: SW703116

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Lizard Point: the most southerly walk


There are some steep steps on this walk, as well as stiles and close to cliff edges in places. Dogs welcome.

Lizard Point: the most southerly walk

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Lizard Point: the most southerly walk

How to get here

The Lizard, near Helston, Cornwall TR12 7NT
By train

Redruth train and Western Greyhound 534 to Helston and 537 to Lizard then 15 minute walk

By road

A3083 Helston to Lizard. Drive through Lizard village and follow signs to Lighthouse and car park

By bus

Western Greyhound 537 then 15 minute walk

Lizard Point: the most southerly walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome