Is the South West Coast Path top of your hiker's bucket list? This long-distance coastal route is one of the most beautiful walks in Britain - but its 630 miles of path might look a bit overwhelming if you want to dip in for a walk or two and aren't sure where to start exploring. The South West Coast Path Association's new, inspiring itineraries are designed to help you fit some of the very best of the coastline into just a few days. They make the perfect introductions to gems such as Exmoor's wilderness coast or Devon and North Cornwall's myths and legends. And for walkers and keen wild swimmers, it doesn't get better than spending three days on South Cornwall's remote Lizard Peninsula. I spent a long weekend exploring the South West Coast Path's Serpentine Coast itinerary. If you're looking for Cornwall's wild side, the Lizard Peninsula is the perfect place to start. This really is the end of the line - the most southerly point in Britain is home to mermaid coves, miles of cliffs paths, lofty lighthouses and pasty shops famed throughout the land. There are no mythical dragons here, if case you're you're wondering about the name - it comes from the old Celtic ‘lys ardh’, meaning ‘high court’.
These three walks, curated by the South West Coast Path Association, the charity that look after the trail, are the perfect introduction to the Lizard's wild coastline, sheltered coves, subtropical gardens and maritime history.
Rosemullion is the gentler and more sheltered side of the Lizard Peninsula, and this Coast Path circuit is the perfect ramble for a relaxed sunny day, starting in the village of Mawnan Smith and following a path shaded by palm trees and giant ferns down to the ocean. This cove-hopping 6km walk is also…
Welcome to the Lizard. This relaxed circular walk from the village of Lizard and around the coast is the perfect introduction to this remote peninsula. Walk it clockwise to start off with sweeping views of the wild rocks that guard Kynance Cove, then follow the Coast Path south to reach Lizard Point…
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Take on one of the wildest stretches of Cornwall's coast on your second day on the Lizard. This blustery route connects the villages of Lizard and Mullion, and is a place of heathland and big views of rugged cliffs and rocky coves, although its rather raw beauty is softened in spring by the arrival of…
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