I was blown away by Cornwall’s unique and magical coastline. With over 400 miles of coastline to explore, we were never going to be able to see everything in the limited time we had, but I wanted to share four of my favourite spots that we were able to visit during our trip.
Located at the tip of the Lizard Peninsula, Lizard Point is the most southerly place in mainland Britain. Lizard Point is also home to Lizard Lighthouse, which is open to visitors and you can climb to the top and enjoy the views from up high. Unfortunately it wasn’t open on the day we visited – make sure you don’t plan to do much on a Saturday in Cornwall as seemingly everything shuts down on Saturdays!
There’s a pay and display car park at Lizard Point but it’s run by the National Trust so members can park for free.
Kynance Cove was voted one of Britain’s best beaches and it’s not hard to see why. It’s also located on the Lizard Peninsula, only about 2 miles from Lizard Point so you can definitely visit them both on the same day.
There’s a 10-15 minute downhill walk down to the cove from the car park (it’s tougher on the way back up!). As with Lizard Point, you can park for free if you’re a National Trust member.
With it’s golden sand and turquoise water, Porthcurno looks more like somewhere you’d find in the Caribbean, not in England! Even though it was overcast when we visited it still looked stunning so I can only imagine how beautiful it would be on a sunny day. You can walk up the steps on the cliffside towards the Minack Theatre, where you’ll be able to admire the spectacular views over Porthcurno Bay. Alternatively you can do as we did and just drive up to Minack and avoid the uphill walk.
Lantivet Bay was certainly the most challenging to visit of all the places on this list! Our GPS took us down the narrowest road – supposedly a two way street but barely big enough to fit just one car. Eventually we came out onto a normal sized road and found the National Trust car park. From there we had to take a walk along a path, through some muddy parts with lots of annoying bugs swarming around us, until we finally made it to the lookout point. At least the views made the ordeal worth it!
What are your favourite spots in Cornwall? I definitely want to plan another trip and would love some recommendations!