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There are loads of fantastic walking routes near our Golant Hotel, from walks around Fowey, to river walks, coastal walks and rambling routes on Bodmin Moor, but there are some wonderful walking locations a little further away on the Lizard Peninsula. You will some of the finest walking in the UK on the Lizard, on the South West Coast Path and inland routes. 

View of Kynance Cove from South West Coast Path

We have put together our favourites below, so whether you are a beginner to walking or can easily tackle 10-mile hikes, there is something for everyone.

Kennack Sands and Kuggar – 1.6 miles, easy

A gentle stroll and a great walk for beginners and those with low mobility, the route between Kennack Sands and Kuggar takes you along beaches, quiet country lanes and footpaths that cross low stone stiles. The landscape has a variety of plants and animals to spot, and the beach and Kennack Sands has some rock pools to explore too.

Lizard Point – 4 miles, moderate

The dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean are breath-taking from the most southerly place in Britain. The area has rugged rocky cliffs and reefs, which has made Lizard Point the site for many wrecks over the centuries and is one of the best places for spotting choughs, the national emblem of Cornwall. If you want a shorter walk, there are paths leading inland. The Lizard Point walk is circular, starting and ending at Lizard village, following the South West Coast Path. The trail takes you through Lizard National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation, and the Lizard Point is one of the richest wildflower areas in the UK, with several rare species.

Mullion Cove to Lizard Point – 6.9 miles, moderate

After tackling the steep climb from Mullion Cove, the route is along the cliff tops, with some descents and ascents when valleys go down to the coastline. A picturesque walk, there is a mixture of exposed cliffs and sheltered coves, with a plethora of fantastic photo opportunities, so remember to have your camera with you! In spring, the walk is great for seeing the banks of wildflowers, and in autumn the migratory birds attract the attention of marsh harriers on the inland moors. A more extended version of this walk from Porthleven to the Point is described below.

Porthleven to the Lizard – 13.4 miles, moderate

The part of the South West Coast Path that stretches between Porthleven and the Lizard is exceptionally beautiful. The route starts off level and easy, then comes narrow and steep in places. You get a real sense of the wildness of the Lizard Peninsula on this walk, as the heather and wildflowers add drama to the spectacular views out to sea. This walk will also take you past the stunning Kynance Cove with its white sand and turquoise sea. Though it is an incredible place to walk in sunny weather, it is just as spectacular in windy colder days when the waves crash on the rocks below.

The Lizard to Coverack – 10.4 miles, challenging

Make Lizard Point your starting point on this challenging walk to Coverack, passing through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route on this area of the South West Coast Path has some short descents and ascents leaving Lizard Point, followed by longer, challenging climbs. On the approach to Coverack, it is a lot easier. You will come across interesting geology on this section of the path, crossing serpentine, granite and schist rock. At Beagles Point, you will have extensive views of the Path before you – be sure to take a moment to enjoy the gorgeous Cornish scenery surrounding you. 

Contact us today to find out about more things to see and do in Cornwall and to book your stay with us this summer!

Image credit: Barney Moss


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