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Lifesavers at the Lizard


A walk round Britain's most southerly point where coastwatchers, lighthouse keepers and lifeboatmen stand guard.

West, Sea View, Lizard, Helston TR12 7NZ, UK 5.7 Miles 4 HoursHard

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Essential Information

Paths: Coastal path, also inland tracks and lanes. Take note of and erosion repair diversions. 3 stiles
Landscape: Sea Cliffs and Heathland
Dog Friendliness: Yes but on lead through grazing area
Parking: Car park in centre of Lizard village
Public toilets: By car park

Interactive Walk Map

Detailed walking instructions

Walk Progress
Follow the path

Instruction 1

At the bottom of the car park walk past the public toilets and go along a surfaced lane signed 'To Caerthillian and Kynance Coves'. In 50 yards (46m) bear right at a junction and go along a track, signed 'Public ootpath Kynance Cove'. After a few steps, at a public footpath sign, veer off left behind a chalet and go up some steps, then follow a hedge top path.


Instruction 2

Go down the steps and go through a grove of privet. Negotiate two more sets of steps then bend slightly right across a field towards the just visible roof of a house. Go over a step stile to reach a surfaced road.

Follow the path

Instruction 3

Follow the road past the house, called Carn Goon. In a few steps veer off right along a track. When you reach a T-junction with a wide track and cross this to reach the bottom end of the National Trust car park for Kynance Cove. Pass in front of a National Trust kiosk, then make a right turn and continue on the track to Kynance Cove.

Follow the path

Instruction 4

Walk back up from the cove to where a path goes off right, signed 'Coastal Path to Lizard Point'. Continue on the cobbled and stepped path steeply uphill, then follow the coast path for about 1¼ miles (2km). Pass above Pentreath Beach and Caerthillian Cove and continue to the rocky Lizard Head and then to Lizard Point and a car park and cafés.


Instruction 5

Cross the car park and follow the coast path past the lighthouse. Descend steeply into Housel Cove and ascend just as steeply, ignoring a link path inland to Lizard village. Pass the old Marconi Wireless Station, at Pen Olver, the old Lloyds Signal Station and then the National Coastwatch Institution Lookout at Bass Point.

Caution - water

Instruction 6

Continue on the track past houses, then veer off right and follow the narrow coast path past Hot Point and on to the lifeboat house at Kilcobben Cove.

Caution - water

Instruction 7

Go down steps on the far side of the lifeboat station and follow the coast path to Church Cove. Follow the public lane inland past Landewednack Church and follow the lane steadily uphill to a junction with the main road on a bend beside a granite cross and a seat. Go left along Beacon Terrace to reach the car park.

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