Walks around The Lizard

The high but relatively flat plateau of the Lizard means that the walks here are all of a similar grade, with a few climbs where rivers have cut valleys but nothing really extreme. At Lizard Point there are walks to Kynance Cove or a longer one from Cadgwith. On the western side of the Lizard, a pair of circular routes run from Mullion to Kynance Cove via Predannack that can either be done individually or combined. There is also a shorter circular route taking in Mullion's 3 coves. There is also a walk from via the Gunwalloe Coves from Poldhu Cove to Cury or a shorter route from the Loe Bar to the Gunwalloe Coves. On the eastern side of The Lizard, there are walks around Coverack, St Keverne and Helford.

4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

St Keverne to Porthallow

A circular walk through woods and meadows to Porthoustock and Porthallow from St Keverne, settled in the Dark Ages by Celtic monks trading with Brittany

4.5 miles/7.2 km - Easy-moderate

Kennack Sands to Cadgwith

A circular walk from Kennack Sands to Cadgwith Cove via the Poltesco valley where during Victorian times waterwheels and steam engines powered an industry producing large decorative pieces of serpentine but has now been recolonised by nature

4.6 miles/7.4 km - Easy-moderate

Helford to Dennis Head

A circular walk around the creeks of the Helford River and the small villages settled by Celtic monks from Brittany.

6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

The Loe

A circular walk around the Loe Pool, the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall, and along the Loe Bar, one of Cornwall's most treacherous beaches on which 100 of those onboard the HMS Anson drowned metres from the shore, motivating the invention of the rocket lifesaving apparatus that saved thousands of lives.

4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

Kennack Sands to Carrick Luz

A circular walk on The Lizard from Kennack Sands where some of the oldest prehistoric finds have been made in Cornwall, including an entire lost Stone Age village which was uncovered by a gorse fire in the 1960s.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

The Lizard and Kynance Cove

A circular walk along the Victorian Excursion route from Lizard village to the most southerly point and along the coast path to Kynance Cove with spectacular views, wildflowers, and wildlife including the Cornish Chough.

4.5 miles/7.2 km - Moderate

Mullion three coves

A walk to the Victorian harbour of Mullion Cove via two sandy coves either side of where Marconi made history by achieving what was thought impossible by many of the scientific community at the time - the transmission of a radio signal all the way across the Atlantic.

4.7 miles/7.6 km - Moderate

Predannack to Kynance Cove

A circular walk through the Lizard National Nature Reserve from Predannack to Kynance Cove along the rugged Serpentine cliffs where the "great silver ship" was wrecked in 1616 and more than 700 Spanish silver coins have so far been found.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

Porthallow to Gillan

A circular walk up Gillan Creek from Porthallow via Nare Point where, during World War II, an elaborate decoy for Falmouth Harbour was created by Ealing Film Studios with fake railways, houses and explosive special effects.

5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate

Gunwalloe Coves

A circular walk from the Loe Bar to Dollar Cove passing the wrecks of treasure ships whose cargo still washes ashore, returning via the Halzephron Inn which still has a trapdoor leading to an underground network of tunnels used by smugglers.

5.7 miles/9.2 km - Moderate

Coverack to St Keverne

A circular walk from Coverack to St Keverne, past the treacherous Manacles reef, known as the grave of a thousand ships, where at least a hundred wrecks have been recorded and over a thousand people have drowned.

6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

Mullion to Predannack

A circular walk passing the sandy beach at Polurrian Cove, the storm-beaten Victorian harbour at Mullion Cove, and along the cliffs of the National Nature Reserve overlooking Mullion Island, with vibrant wildflowers in spring and summer.

7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

Cadgwith Cove to The Lizard

A circular walk on The Lizard from the pretty fishing hamlet of Cadgwith Cove, past the Devil's Frying Pan, lifeboat station, restored Marconi wireless hut and the infamous lighthouse, to the most southerly point, returning via two ancient churches and the holy well dedicated to the Celtic Saint accused of being a werewolf.

7.1 miles/11.4 km - Moderate

Coverack to Lankidden Cove

A circular walk on one of the most remote parts of The Lizard from Coverack to the white sand beaches of Downas and Lankidden Coves, where the serpentine underwater landscape provides some of the best snorkelling in Cornwall.

7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate

Poldhu Cove to Cury

A circular walk via some of the mediaeval farmsteads on the west of The Lizard to the ancient churchyard of Cury from the coves of Mullion and Gunwalloe where the wrecks of treasure ships still lie.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Helford and Frenchman's Creek

A circular walk through the wooded valleys of the Helford River including the most famous - Frenchman's Creek - which is still as pristine as when it inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novel