I am loving being able to explore more of Cornwall’s Lizard Heritage coast!
I never realised what a stunning part of the county the Lizard is until I fell in love with Alex’s blog, On Serpentine Shores, two years ago. Since then we have become good friends, and it’s so great being able to have a personal guide when it comes to exploring the best bits of this hidden gem…
On a Friday evening in not-quite-peak season, it was pretty much empty in the lazy town of Coverack. So rather than hang out on the beach we went for a stroll along the South West coast path to Chynhall’s Point.
Funnily enough Coverack is the only part of the Lizard I have ever actually been to (other than Flambards, does that count?); our family and friends stayed in the Youth Hostel there once for a birthday weekend, but we barely left the hostel so I don’t have much to say on the matter.
Although I didn’t manage to capture him very well, we were actually greeted by a seal friend during our coastal walk. It took us a while to decide whether he was indeed a seal and not just a particularly pointed rock but we got there in the end…
You can actually walk around the entirety of the Lizard on the South West coast path if you fancied it …okay, you can technically walk along the whole of Cornwall’s 630mile coastline on this path, but that would take you a few weeks. The Lizard trail would take one solid day of hiking, or two more relaxed days with a stop off in between.
I know which I’d prefer.
There’s an adorable little cove nestled just on the other side of Chynhall’s Point, so we scrambled down there for a paddle and a chat about the future of blogging (obviously).
This is why the South West coast path is so great; not only do you get to experience stunning countryside walks and coastal views out to sea, but there are all these secret beaches and coves to explore while you’re at it too.
As we walked back up to the peak of Chynhall’s Point, we were greeted by yet more wildlife friends; a troop of three or four ponies grazing on windswept grass.
They didn’t seem to care as we walked by, and Alex told me they are lots of wild ponies all around the Lizard peninsula and Helford river. It surprised me purely because I’m not used to it on the North coast; we occasionally get a rogue cow or two but that’s about it!
^ The best time to make animal friends is evidently around 7 – 8 pm!
As the light faded we headed back through the town of Coverack to the car, but not before a quick stroll along the beach.
It always amazes me how calm the water is on the South coast; it’s always so flat around Falmouth and the Helford passage – perfect for paddle boarding or teaching little ones to swim I’m sure!
I’m so looking forward to exploring more of the coast here over the next few Summer months, and bringing the dog along too! Many of the little beaches and coves are dog friendly on the Lizard, and the coast path is fine all year round.