Lizard Peninsula is, quite simply, unique. Standing alone in a very real
sense, the Peninsula is physically separate from the main backbone of Cornwall
the saying "off the beaten track" is an appropriate one for this largely
undiscovered treasure. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
much of the coastline falls under the stewardship of the National Trust.
The South West Coast Path, winding its way around the Peninsula, provides
exceptionally beautiful walks for ramblers of all ages and ability.
This is a place of contrasts. The dramatic cliffs around Kynance, Mullion
and Lizard Point present a rugged face to the elements while, to the east,
the softer, greener landscape of the Helford River shows the visitor an
entirely different side to this enchanted area.
As mainland England's most southerly point, the Lizard Peninsula enjoys
the full benefit of the Gulf Stream, making the weather perfect for out-of-season
breaks. The effect of this climate on local flora is outstanding, sub-tropical
vegetation providing a profusion of colour for most of the year.
The Lizard is a naturalist's delight, spring arrives early and cliff walks
present a wide range of both rare and common flowers. Hedgerows are full
of foxgloves, primroses, violets and wild garlic. Seals, basking sharks
and dolphins are commonly seen and the rock pools are full of fascination.
The area is perhaps most rewarding for the ornithologist, as there are many
bird species, both resident and summer visitors. Although most people arrive
in summer, many others now follow the birdwatchers in autumn, when Indian
summers are common, or in early spring when a large number of migrant birds
can be spotted.
Lizard Point itself has a brooding and awe-inspiring beauty, its lighthouse
flashing out a 29-mile beam to guide mariners navigating the English Channel.
In summer, the cliffs and seas around the Lizard appear benign and friendly,
but in winter, with gales lashing the coast, one is reminded of the awesome
power of the sea and of the many shipwrecks and tales of life-saving heroism
which are legendary around these waters.