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MULLION TO THE LIZARD

Approximately 9 miles
Grading: Moderate
Bus: Western Greyhound: No. 537 Helston, Mullion, Lizard.
Car Parking: The Lizard.

THIS WALK TAKES IN SEVERAL COVES AND HIGH CLIFFS ON THE WESTERN COAST OF THE LIZARD PENINSULAR.

If you're travelling by car, park it on the Green at Lizard village (free parking or donation) and catch the 537 bus to Mullion. Ask the driver to drop you off at the turning for Polurrian Cove or the Cricket Field otherwise you will have to walk from the village.

Walk down the lane as if you're going to Polurrian Cove, but where the road ends take the left hand track for the Lizard. You should see the Acorn sign for the coast path to direct you.

After half a mile or so the path leaves the track where there is a National Trust sign: POLURRIAN. Go on round the coastguard's lookout, where the path joins the road at the hotel above Mullion Cove. There are great views here of Mounts Bay and the coastline.
Leave the road at the top of the hill near the hotel and descend the path to beautiful Mullion Cove - so peaceful on calm summer days, but so dynamic in rough weather. Take heed of the signs on the quay.

After leaving the cove and climbing up to Predannack cliffs on the other side, you come to a National Nature Reserve which is unique in Britain. This is an area of heathland and grassland which is administered by English Heritage. Many rare plants can be seen here, including the Green Winged Orchid. The rocks are mainly serpentine and schist which are typical of the Lizard peninsular. Many birds nest in the offshore islands, including Kittiwakes and Black Backed Gulls.
Please be sure to shut all gates behind you as ponies and sheep are grazed here to help with the propagation of the rare plants. If the weather is good, you may see gliders overhead coming from the old Predannack Airfield or Culdrose Naval Airbase at Helston.

Continuing along the path, you will come to KYNANCE FARM which is another Nature Reserve where such rare plants as Harebells, Bloody Crane's Bill and Black Bog Rush can be seen. This area also provides nesting for Ravens, Fulmars and Gulls.

You'll next come to Soap Cove and if you haven't eaten your lunch yet, this is a glorious place to enjoy it when the weather's good. If luck is on your side, you may find that the sand has returned to the cove at low tide, which could tempt you to get your feet wet.

After Soap Cove you'll come to the popular KYNANCE COVE with its familiar rocks and Lizard Point beyond. There's a beautiful sandy beach here and the swimming is great if the tide is right. You can take a short cut across the beach when the tide is low, but if its full you'll have to walk up the lane and around via the car park.
The car park usually has a refreshment bar in season and there are also toilets.

On from Kynance along the clifftops and you come to another excellent beach if the tide is out: Pentreath. Access is down a path where the red life savers box is.
Just past the beach our coast walk ends and we turn inland. Take the footpath to the left of the stream, looking inland from Caerthillian Cove and heading toward a house. At the house the path becomes a track and continues straight to the Green at the Lizard where you can pick up your car or catch a bus back home.

If you have time, of course, the area is well worth investigating further. For example continuing on to Lizard Point from Caerthillian and then returning to the village. The Lizard is famous for its Serpentine stone and you can still buy pieces cut and polished by age old methods.

John.L.Webster. 1998.
All Rights Reserved.  Updated 2011.

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