Re-discovering The Lizard Peninsula


The Lizard Peninsula, the southern-most point of Britain, is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Most of it is composed of a rare green rock, serpentinite.

The fishing village of Coverack has a small curved harbour wall built out of the local green serpentine rock ( some of the oldest geological strata known to exist).

The beach is safe for swimming and sea sports - or for relaxing while watching younger people play.

Coverack has a small fishing fleet. Boats are moored within the arm of the harbour. This man is using a tender to reach his vessel.

There are lots of places in this pretty village where snacks and take-away food of good quality can be had. Freshly made cakes and pasties are made daily in this idyllic thatched cottage. There is a pub (named after a famous disaster at sea in the 19th century), restaurants and souvenir shops.

On Kennack Sands we looked for interesting pebbles and small examples of serpentine rock and were very pleased with our hoard.

Kynance Cove is now owned and maintained by the National Trust. It has lovely coastal walks to enjoy and white sand beaches.

Views are spectacular. The combination of serpentine rocks and pale sand attracts artists and walkers alike. It is said that it is the most photographed and painted landscape in Cornwall but we think there are other places which would claim the same. Anyway, these three areas of the Lizard Peninsula made a wonderful day out.

Photographs by Christine and Hugh West