Information and references  (based on our trip) if you’re visiting

The Lizard Peninsula


There is one main road in Cornwall – the A30, massively improved over recent years partly through EU funding. Generally speaking, driving down to Truro is pretty straightforward. However, the further West you head, the more you take your life into your hands as you venture down dark and mysterious twists and turns! Most tourists, if they have made it this far, head for Penzance or Lands End, completely by-passing the little haven that is the Lizard peninsula. I’m hoping this continues so as to preserve its unique qualities.

As the most southerly point in England, the Lizard’s climate is exceptionally mild by UK standards. This means all kinds of unique fauna and fauna grow here.It does not mean there is no rain. On the contrary, there is frequently lots of it but when the sun shines……oh! Heaven!

I have taken the sleeper train down from Paddington to Truro or Penzance a few times. This is the most effective and reliable of all the train options. I can’t really recommend other train options since I have been let down by them, often missing flights as a result, on so many occasions.

If you are visiting the Lizard from abroad, I would recommend flying to Bristol then hiring a car.


Premier Inn

Over the years, we stayed in self catering houses with a number of different agencies. The best is Cadgwith Cove cottages :

One year when the children were very small, we camped at the nearby YHA. I have also stayed here with students – it is stunning:

Places of Interest

The following places can all be researched on the very good web-site:

  • Helston (for shopping)
  • Porthleven
  • Kennack Sands
  • Cadgwith (Including The Pichard Hut and The Todden)
  • The Lizard Peninsula (including The Lizard Village – Lizard point – Lizard head)

  • Enys head (on the Southwest footpath) via Poltesco

  • Black Head

  • Bass Point

  • Mears Beach Coverack:

Not many people know about this beach……..

  • Roskilly’s

  • Hutchinson’s Fish and chip shop in Helston (Meneage Street)

  • St Agnes

  • Chapel Porth

  • King Harry Ferry

  • Culdrose navy base

  • Daphne du Maurier country – the Helford river

  • Goonhilly Downs


Other References made in the text

  • Clifton Suspension Bridge

  • Bodmin Moor

  • St Austell

  • Eden Project

  •  CS Lewis ( ‘The Abolition of Man’)


 Sarah Halliday

June 2017