One Woman and her Dog at Kynance and the Lizard

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I admit it.

When my best friend announced she was getting married in her home town of Penryn on the 30th April, I jumped at the chance to extend my stay and spend another week in the idyllic little cottage I visited during my last minute Christmas holiday to Cornwall in December 2008 And the opportunity to explore the area further.

Yes, we did re-visit some of the same localities, but also some new ones. Despite the weather being grey and damp all week (unlike the rest of the UK, from what I hear!) we managed to visit some of the places I loved the first time round, and add a few more that we missed…

One BIG thing that differed from my Christmas visit, was the fact it was spring – and the wildlife, plants and blossoms were breath-taking… the National Trust website suggests visiting “in May and June to see the wild flowers at their best – you may even spot basking sharks” – I saw no sharks, but if the flowers continue to bloom throughout June, then I think it is worth the trip for the stunning views and the flowers which carpet the cliffs… don’t get me started on the bluebells in woods and along the roadside…. I have never seen so many varieties of flowers!

The Lizard

Once again, we visited the Lizard and were still amazed by the beauty of the place – it offers dramatic cliff walks, wild flowers and (my personal favourite) amazing geological features.

Unlike our last visit, the tide was out, and we had the opportunity of exploring the beach. The RSPB were keeping a 24 hour watch on the Choughs which are currently nesting on the Lizard and their friendly volunteer, sitting on the beach, and was only too happy to point them out to us and let us use their binoculars!

I have to admit, that one of the main reasons I chose to return to the lizard, was the opportunity to get a closer look at the rocks and cliffs when the tide was out – the geologist in me could simply not resist it! The Lizard is famous for the ornamental working of Serpentine. Serpentine is a metamorphic rock which is dark green in colour and is veined with reds, yellows and white. The locals mine these rocks and make a wide variety of souvenirs, e.g. lamps, chess sets, paper weights, clocks etc, in addition to selling polished rocks (Rocks are always more beautiful when they are wet on a beach. Dry at home, they are back to being rather boring, so polishing them maintains their good looks).

Chough RSPB

Chough RSPB

The local villages, particularly The Lizard, have numerous souvenir shops and workshops where you can see the local stones being turned into such items.

After wandering over the sandy beach, we went back up the path to the small “Polpeor café” right at the top of the cliff at Lizard Point. Not only is it warm and welcoming with lots of food, but dogs are permitted to join their owners both outside AND inside. Complementary water is provided for them. This is where the first food and drink part comes into play: Not only is the food amazing, and offers a hearty choice of breakfast, and fresh sea-food / fish dishes, but the host invites you to bring your own wine to enjoy with the meal. To the rear of the café is a patio on the cliff edge

Lizard Cafe

Lizard Cafe

National Trust Toilet at the Lizard

National Trust Toilet at the Lizard

The Lizard Café does not have an onsite toilet, but a short walk up to the Lighthouse at Lizard, takes you to the toilets in the car park. And why am I mentioning toilets? Because many places don’t provide them these days and some you find; well. You wish you hadn’t! These however were immaculately clean, and filled with posters and information about local flora and fauna!

Kynance Cove

Two miles north of The Lizard Point, lies Kynance Cove, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I can only second this opinion. It was the first time I have ever been, and my ravings about the Lizard pale in comparison to the few hours I spent in Kynance Cove.

We parked at the Kynance Cove National Trust car park. If you don’t want to pay to park or you’re not a member of the NT it is not a long walk from the (non-National Trust) car park in Lizard town. That, incidentally, is donation based.
We took the “easy” path down to the cove, avoiding the cliff edge (my dog brakes for no one, let alone a cliff!) and the view walking down was jaw-dropping. Clear, turquoise waters with crashing waves as the tide slowly came in was what greeted us.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

After exploring the beach and taking at least 50 photos of the waves hurling themselves against the cliffs, I wandered off to examine the serpentine (again!). This beach has many nooks and crannies so is ideal for children to fossick in. After collecting a variety of rock samples for my collection we made our way from the beach to the café. Thanks to the glorious sunshine, we sat outside at a picnic table, with the largest ice-creams known to man, and sat mesmerized by the beauty in front of us.

This brings me to the toilets (again!) Not only brand new and immaculate, but environmentally friendly!

There is even a showering facility for those who have been swimming/surfing on the beach!

The walk back up to the NT car park was not as hard going as I feared walking down…. There were a number of rest benches, and plenty of flowers to “have to look at” as an excuse to stop.

Just 3 hours of sunshine for our day at the Lizard. More than enough to get a snapshot of its appeal; nowhere enough to thoroughly enjoy its beauty.


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