The Lizard Peninsula 'Lys Arth' is Cornwall's best kept secret
Untouched by mass tourism, the Lizard Peninsula is
a real survivor of Daphne Du Maurier's 'Vanishing Cornwall'.
The coastline is truly magnificent, with small sandy swimming and surfing coves and rugged cliffs adorned
with wonderful rare plants and flowers. It is excellent walking country.
The Lizard peninsula is Cornwall's and Britain's most southerly point and its geology, landscape and flora are very special too.
Nowhere else in Cornwall has such a density of nationally recognised Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) or regionally
important County Geology Sites (formerly known as RIGS).
The main reason for this is that the rocks of the Lizard are different from the rest of Cornwall.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Whether youâ€™re in search of a clifftop ramble, a picnic on the beach,
or the chance to see some remarkable wildlife, The Lizard is a perfect destination.
Trenance is a relaxing retreat and the perfect base for exploring the unique and magical Lizard Peninsula.
West Cornwall From The Air
Local Geology - Why the Lizard is different from the rest of Cornwall
The Lizard Peninsula is a very special and unique place, very different to the rest of Cornwall in geological terms.
Whilst Cornwall is generally characterised by slate and granite landscapes, the Lizard peninsula comprises of a
mixture of different rock types which were formed when two ancient super continents collided millions of years ago.
The Lizard Point the most southerly point of Britain
Do you like dramatic coastal walking, and touring lighthouses? If so, head
for the Lizard Point. The Cornish coastal path is well marked along
the point, and offers some of the best coastal walking in Cornwall,
especially in summer when wild flowers carpet the cliffs.
The stark white Lizard Lighthouse is renowned for its twin
towers. This Cornish lighthouse sits on the most southerly point of
mainland UK and has been warning ships off the coast since 1752 when
it was first commissioned. It was electrified in 1924, and today has a
centre with various artefacts displayed in the
old Engine House.
There is an abundance of wildlife in the area.
Visiting basking sharks can sometimes be seen from the clifftops feeding close to the shore line.
The clifftops around the Lizard point are a breeding ground for the rare Cornish Chough.
Around the coastline, seagulls are never far away.
The Lizard Peninsula boasts an extraordinary variety of beaches, coves and harbours, rich in history, natural beauty and wildlife.
And being on a Peninsula you are simply spoilt for choice.
Popular beaches with good facilities are easily found, but you donâ€™t have to go far to find solitude and quiet.
The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest national trail.
The western edge of the Lizard peninsula which the South West Coast Path follows has a special status,
designated both as a National Park and a Heritage Coastline. Mullion sits at the centre of this stretch of coast.
Cornwall has over 70 gardens to visit. On the Lizard are the local gardens of the Bonython estate.
A little futher afield are the majestic gardens on the Helford estuary. Trebah and Glendurgan both show a sub tropical paradise.
North of Helston is Trevarno and further afield are the famous Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
The Helford River is the soft side of the Lizard, far removed from
the ragged cliffs and treeless heath. Here you can find secluded
villages, sub-tropical gardens and waterside taverns where you can
The Lizard Peninsula has a rich history and several historic events of both national and international significance have taken place in
The mining of soapstone along The Soaprock Coast contributed directly to the birth of the English porcelain industry with the
production of the first tableware to be able to withstand boiling water.
Titanium was discovered in Manaccan in 1791. The first ever inter-continental radio transmission was sent from Poldhu to Canada
on the 12th December 1901 and the first inter-continental moving picture transmission of a live United States televison
broadcast was received here in July 1962.
The Soaprock Coast
For further information about The Soaprock Coast please visit
SOAPROCK COAST - Robert Felce