Skip to content
Sea view of Lizard Point and the lighthouse in the distance
The lighthouse at Lizard Point, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/David Sellman
Cornwall

Lizard Point walk: the most southerly place in Britain

Take in dramatic views of the Atlantic, visit the lighthouse and look out for local wildlife on this enjoyable walk around the most southerly point in Britain.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Lizard Point National Trust car park, grid ref SW703116

Step 1

Starting at the National Trust car park next to the Lizard Lighthouse, follow the path down towards Lizard Point.

Step 2

Follow the signs to the most southerly point.

Step 3

Bear right and join the South West Coast Path in front of the Wave Crest Café.

A grey seal bobbing in the sea at Godrevy
There's a chance to spot seals down in Polpeor Cove | © National Trust Images/Nick Upton

Step 4

Continue along the coast path.

Step 5

Take the steps down to Pistol Meadow, the burial site of over 200 people who died when the Royal Anne troop ship went down on the off-lying reefs in 1720. Climb out of the valley on the coast path and up the slope towards Old Lizard Head.

Step 6

Looking west from the top of Old Lizard Head, you can see out towards Kynance Cove and beyond. Take the footpath inland over the stile built into the dry-stone wall.

A cow in front of a sea view at Pistil in Cornwall
Cattle grazing on the Cornwall coast | © National Trust Images/Michael Hirst

Step 7

Walk across the field and follow the path when it turns back towards Pistol Meadow.

Step 8

Cross another stile into Pistol Meadow field and rejoin the coast path to return to Lizard Point.

End point

Lizard Point National Trust car park, grid ref SW703116

Trail map

Illustrated map of the Lizard Lighthouse most southerly walk in Cornwall
Lizard Point, Cornwall, most southerly walking route | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

You made it

Share your experience

More near here

Visitors walking along the coastal path at Kynance Cove, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
Trail
Trail

The Lizard coastal walk 

Starting from the beautiful Kynance Cove, get close to nature and enjoy dramatic scenery on the Lizard coastal walk,

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 7 (km: 11.2)
Steps on the coast path leading past flowering blackthorn blossom
Trail
Trail

Medieval mills & a ruined Victorian factory walk near Lizard Point 

Discover medieval mills and the ruins of a Victorian stoneware factory on this walk down to the sea through the picturesque Poltesco valley.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)

Get in touch

The Lizard, near Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7NT

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

Surfing lesson at Poldhu Beach, Cornwall
Activity
Activity

Outdoor activities at Lizard Point 

Have a go at kayaking, climbing or coasteering with our partner Lizard Adventure. Or join a surfing lesson & catch some waves with former professional Dan Joel.

Volunteers show visitors the local wildlife from the watchpoint at Lizard Point, Cornwall
Article
Article

The Wildlife Watchpoint 

Sitting at the tip of Britain's most southerly point is the volunteer-run wildlife watchpoint. Discover Atlantic grey seals, dolphins, basking sharks and Cornish choughs against the dramatic scenery of the Lizard. (Opens 1 April).

A group of people in a hiking group are being guided on a hike by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire
Article
Article

Cotswold Outdoor: our exclusive walking partner 

Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.

A person walks along the South West Coast Path at Wheal Coates in Cornwall, with the blue sea and a sandy beach visible beneath them.

Walking in Cornwall 

From strolls that reward you with stunning views of the South West coast to gentle inland meanders, these are some of the best walks in Cornwall.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon
Article
Article

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.
Article
Article

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

A hiker wearing an insulated jacket and a backpack watches the sunset over snowy mountain peaks

Walking 

Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.