Kynance in the Lizard Peninsula

Holiday cottages in the Lizard Peninsula

Holiday cottages on the Lizard Peninsula are perfect for exploring this special place famous for its dramatic geography, swashbuckling maritime history, picturesque fishing villages and marine wildlife. The peninsula juts out south-west of Falmouth, from the Helford River all the way to Porthleven in the west. With only two main roads in and out of the peninsula, this remains an unspoilt part of Cornwall and should not be missed out on your itinerary.

Highlights in the area include Lizard Point, mainland Britain’s most southerly point where basking sharks and other marine wildlife can be spotted. Or you can spend the day at the pristine and dramatic Kynance Cove – a popular spot for a dip. Ramblers also flock here for the fantastic coastal walking with lots of cosy pubs to have a well-deserved drink.


The Lizard guide

The dramatic coastline of the Lizard

Stunning cliff-top walks

The Lizard Peninsula’s has some of the most breath-taking sections of the South West Coast Path. Portions of the coast are classified as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)— stretching from the Helford River valley on the west, and Loe Pool and Porthleven in the east.

Follow in the footsteps of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn and feel for yourself the restorative benefits of treading the Cornish coastal path. Whether you’re on a full day of hiking or an evening stroll to watch the sunset, we think you’ll agree this is a pretty special place to spend time in nature.

Lizard Peninsula

Flora and Fauna

The Lizard Peninsula is inundated with flora, fauna and geology. Incredibly, over half of all the UK’s species of plants can be found here including over fifty rare and special species. You will probably spot seals and may be lucky enough to see dolphins or basking sharks.

The rocks and minerals here are also spectacular and send geologists wild — part of the reason is that this is a crunch-point for plate tectonics! The ocean floor and continental land-mass were mashed together here in the Devonian era, between 358 and 419 million years ago — the village of Coverack is one of the only places on Earth where this can be seen.

Fishing boats in Coverack Harbour in the Lizard

Watersports and hidden wrecks

Whilst this stretch of coast used to be notorious for shipwrecks and smuggling, we think you’ll be in safe hands venturing onto the water today… The Coverack Windsurfing Centre offers stand-up-paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing trips, as well as RYA Windsurf tuition. The sandy bay provides protection from prevailing South Westerly winds, creating a perfect beginner’s area close to the shore until you build your confidence and head further out. Whether you’re doing a five-day course or one morning on the water, you’ll be sure to enjoy the scenery.

Kynance Cove in the Lizard Peninsula

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove is one of Cornwall’s most dramatic beaches. A bit of a walk from the car park, visitors are rewarded with turquoise seas, huge rock stacks and hidden corners of sandy beach (when the tide’s out!) where you feel as though you’re the only ones there. In the winter, grab a hot chocolate from the cafe above and watch the waves roll into this dramatic cove. Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.

Poldhu Cove, the Lizard Peninsula


Poldhu is a sheltered cove with parking, a cafe and a surf school – and blissful golden sands. With seasonal lifeguards, it’s a great place to try out watersports, go for a paddle or, when the tide’s out, head to the rockpools for some exploring. Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.

Kennack Sands, the Lizard Peninsula

Kennack Sands

Kennack Sands is a large beach with great amenities. Perfect for families, there’s good lifeguard cover and plenty of space for kids to run. It is actually comprised of two beaches – the one furthest from the car park is a nature reserve and often goes undiscovered by visitors, as it’s hidden behind the hill that separates the two. Well worth a visit (there’s great shore fishing too!). Dogs are welcome between October and Easter Sunday.

Things to do
Cadgwith, The Lizard Peninsula


Make the day trip down to the coastal fishing village of Cadgwith, with thatched cottages and fishing boats in the harbour. Top tip: on Friday you can experience the atmosphere of the Cadgwith Cove Singers in the village’s pub. The sea shanties are brilliant, the beer is delicious and it’s a quintessentially Cornish way to spend an evening.

Gweek Seal Sanctuary

The Seal Sanctuary

The Seal Sanctuary is an excellent day out for families, friends or couples come rain or shine. It’s home to otters, sea lions, penguins and of course, seals, and is dedicated to educating people on the struggles of marine life and why conservation for these seemingly abundant animals is so necessary. Visit the penguins at feeding time, become a keeper for a day and see seals on their way to recovery at the Seal Hospital.

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Explore the gardens on the Helford River

Natural curation of the creeksides is something to be marvelled at on the Helford, but there are estates nearby that take the gardening to the next level. On the north bank of the river, you can visit one of two sub-tropical gardens, Trebah or Glendurgan, and stroll through the gardens that tumble down to the riverside for a little more exotic horticulture.

Food & Drink
Coverack, the Lizard Peninsula

The Lifeboat House

Prominently protruding out from Coverack is The Lifeboat House. In 1980 the building was given a new lease of life and converted into a bar, restaurant and chippy. Offering freshly landed fish, local ingredients and one of the best views in the village, this is must when visiting this beautiful corner of the planet. The Lifeboat House has also won several awards, including the Times naming it the “top fish and chip shop in Britain” – now that’s prestigious!


Cadgwith Cove Inn

The Cadgwith Cove Inn

The Cadgwith Cove Inn is nestled in the picturesque fishing village of the same name. It is clear the pub is the centre of life in the village, which is still a thriving community centred around fishing. It is right on the South West Coast Path, so it offers a well-deserved stop for walkers looking for local beer and seafood next to a roaring fire.

Don’t miss the sea shanties from the local group every Friday. The pub tends to get busy when they sing, so be sure to arrive early to find a spot and get a pint in.


The Shipwrights

The Shipwrights Arms in Helford Village is a 17th Century waterfront inn, offering local spirits, wines and ales. Perhaps its most surprising aspect is the food. Whilst local produce is heavily featured, the style of cuisine is very much a fusion. From pub classics like steak and moules frites to divine Thai fish curries and, in the summer, arrive on the pontoon to be greeted by the mouthwatering scent of the outside pizza oven – bliss.

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