The Lizard Peninsula is a unique and beautiful place throughout the year and there is nowhere quite like it anywhere else in Britain. It is for this reason that the Lizard has been a continuing source of inspiration for artists and writers as well as walkers and cyclists. The Lizard is almost surrounded by the sea, possessing a rugged coastline and stands alone, in a very real sense, from the rest of the county.
The Lizard isn’t a place to drive through, rather it’s a journey’s end, a destination. Standing proud in the sea the climate is probably the warmest in Britain. The air is crisp, clear and remains largely unspoilt by industry. The rocks and cliffs of the coastline offer shelter to tiny fishing villages huddled into coves, looking now much as they did in years gone by.
Small cottages, thatched and whitewashed, cluster around small stone harbours. Colourful fishing boats, pulled up on the beach, demonstrate that many still depend largely on the sea for their livelihood. Winter is a quiet time here. The fishermen’s choirs sing in their local pubs, and the harbours are decorated with lights and lanterns for Christmas.
It is an ancient place, where history is permanently carved into the landscape. For these reasons, the Lizard Peninsula has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is recognised as being of international botanical importance, here you can find 15 of Britain’s rarest plants! The warm local climate has led to the abundant growth of sub-tropical vegetation, and a constant profusion of colour all year round.
Take a peek at a real, working, organic Cornish farm...
Visit the farm for FREE and meet the animals, stroll around the meadows, enjoy the tranquility by the ponds and of course, sample Roskilly's award winning ice cream! for more information click here
South West Coastal Path
The Cedarwood site lies 50 meters from a public footpath that joins directly with the South West Coastal Path where you can walk all around the the Lizard peninsula, passing the most southerly point on the UK mainland, following undulating high cliffs with outstanding views along the Cornish coastline. This is a good walk at any time of year with migrating birds passing through in spring and autumn, wildflowers in spring and summer and potentially dramatic seas during the winter.
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St Keverne is the largest village in the Helford area and somewhat unusual (for Cornwall) in that it is clustered around a central square. This attractive square contains a number of shops, 2 pubs (the White Hart and The Three Tuns), a handful of cottages and is overlooked by the church of St Akeveranus. For more information click here.
Coverack is a pretty fishing village tucked away in a sheltered bay on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula. Unsurprisingly, the main point of interest is the little harbour around which are a clutch of old cottages, some of which are thatched. The harbour was constructed in 1724 from local green serpentine and hornblende for the growing pilchard fleet that operated from here. The pilchard shoals are now gone but there are still a small number of little boats working from the harbour here.