The Lizard Peninsula is one of Cornwall's best-kept secrets. This unspoilt area awaits exploration, while popular spots like Kynance Cove are within easy striking distance.
Perched above a secluded beach, right on the South West Coast Path, Polurrian on the Lizard offers a wealth of choice for days out.
From surfing to horse riding, there’s a range of outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy in the area. Our own Polurrian Cove, just a ten-minute walk away, is ideal for body-boarding, peaceful picnics and watching the local wildlife.
With the coast path at the end of the garden, you don’t need four wheels to get out and experience the scenery. Just turn right (past the monument marking where Marconi sent the first transatlantic message) to Poldhu Cove, or left to Mullion Cove. Cast off from this idyllic fishing harbour and witness the coastline from the sea on a kayaking or coasteering trip with Lizard Adventure. If you want to experience the thrills and spills of surfing proper, champion surfer Dan Joel runs a surf school at Poldhu Cove.
Slightly further afield, you’ll find the white sands of Kynance Cove, which has become known as one of Cornwall's best and most popular beaches. Well sheltered by the granite cliffs, it's an ideal beach day destination even in colder months. While the cove itself is appealing, the landscape surrounding it is worth discovering, too – there's a wealth of unique wildlife to spot (as well as the occasional artist at work). Fans of Poldark will probably recognise Kynance Cove as Ross and Demelza's beach at Nampara, while nearby Church Cove at Gunwalloe has also featured.
Dotted around the Lizard's coastline are villages full of character, such as Coverack, Cadgwith, Constantine and Porthleven. Spend some time exploring and you'll find proper Cornish pubs, locals' favourite fish and chip shops, sandy coves and intriguing snippets of history. The ancient market town of Helston has an interesting folk museum, and the Lizard Lighthouse (which marks the most southerly point of mainland Britain) offers tours to the top, where the incredible view is well worth the climb.
We're always on hand to give you an insider’s guide to the local area, or you can read through our shortlist of nearby activities and attractions to start planning.