|Best Beaches on The Lizard Peninsula
Pronounced "Pray Sands" this is a big, sandy beach in a beautiful
setting, between Helston and Penzance .
Popular with families in summer - there is a holiday park here.
But it's nice and quiet outside the peak season.
This can also be a spooky place! The word Praa means hag or
witch - and there is a long history of witches here.
Pengersick Castle is recognised as one of Britain's most
haunted buildings, and hosts regular ghost-hunting activities.
The Clipper Inn is run by former England cricketer, Chris Old.
The Lizard is Cornwall's best kept secret!
Surrounded by the sea and the Helford River, the Lizard has an island-feel.
This is a place to escape the rat-race and enjoy some of Britain's best beaches and coves.
These are our favourites. Click the images for bigger pictures.
A stunning, picture-postcard, cove in an utterly spectacular setting.
When the sun shines on Kynance Cove it's hard to believe that
you are in Britain. The ocean here often appears a rich turquoise
colour - and it feels like you are in a far more exotic location!
Run your mouse over the image to see what we mean!
Kynance Cove has green and red serpentine rock formations,
polished by the sea over millions. Unique and beautiful.
There is a small car-park and a cafe here.
The entire cove is owned by The national Trust.
Kennack Sands has two beaches, East and West, both are part of
the National Nature Reserve. Both beaches are sandy with rock
pools. Both are popular with families in the peak season.
Kennack Sands has a history of shipwrecks, mainly due to The
Manacles rocks just offshore. The tides shift the seabed all the
time, and the remains of wrecked ships can sometimes be seen
jutting from the sand at low tide.
Due to the number of shipwrecks, this area is popular with divers.
Church Cove - Gunwalloe
Located mid-way down the west coast of The Lizard, Church Cove
is a big, sandy beach amid stunningly rugged coastal scenery.
The church at the end of the beach is 13th century (partially rebuilt
in the 14th and 15th centuries).
There is a decent-size car-park and a cafe - both owned by the
National Trust (the cafe is not open all year round, so bring a picnic
out of season!) Alternatively, enjoy some time at Church Cove and
then drive the few miles to Mullion - where there are shops, pubs
Mullion is the biggest village on the Lizard and has shops, pubs,
hotels, cafes, restaurants, and galleries - and a gorgeous cove.
Mullion has a pretty harbour, protected from the ocean by two walls.
The nearby beach of Poldhu is popular with families and surfers in
summer, but is almost deserted out of season.
Mullion Golf Club is Britain's most southerly golf course, and one of
its most beautiful. A stunning place to play. Visitors are welcome.
On the eastern side of The Lizard, very close to the tip of the
peninsula, Cadgwith is a classic Cornish fishing village.
There are numerous local events: gig racing, summer barbecues,
in The Cadgwith Cove Inn - thought to be over 400 years old.
This is a gorgeous section of the coast path (but not easy), and
there are several small coves and beaches to explore - including
The Devil's Frying Pan, a boulder filled bay with a collapsed cave
where the sea appears 'boil' during rough weather.