Kynance Cove

Walking The Lizard Peninsula Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Short Breaks, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
United Kingdom, Cornwall
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W05MC
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

6 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

An invigorating and unforgettable walking holiday awaits you in Cornwall which has the longest coastline in the United Kingdom and has the most southerly and westerly tips of mainland UK. Famed for its beautiful and impressive coastline, much of which is designated as 'An area of natural beauty (AONB)', the Cornish coast is punctuated by pretty fishing villages, many of which are still working today. This 5 night holiday explores the most Southerly tip of the county - the Lizard Peninsula. Starting in Marazion, where the famed cobbled causeway over to St Michael's Mount crosses the fabulous sandy beach, the walks take in the majestic Cornish coastline with its pretty coves and beaches, including Mullion Cove, Cadgwith Cove, Kennack Sands and the postcard perfect Kynance Cove, all the way down to the wild serpentine cliffs of the Lizard, the most southerly tip of mainland Great Britain. Then track up the eastern, more sheltered side of the peninsula before concluding your holiday in the pretty fishing village of Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and harbour made from the local Serpentine stone.

You stay in the prettiest of villages along the coast, Marazion across from the dazzling St Micheal's Mount, Portleven, the granite stone fishing harbour village, which is famed with the foodie community and offers a good selection of restaurants in which you may want to try the local fish specialities amongst other things. Continuing on to Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard with plenty of inns, cafes, restaurants and art galleries and at its heart a 13th century church, then Lizard itself, the most southerly settlement in Great Britain before reaching your final destination in Coverack.

This is a well balanced walk and is perfectly suited to walkers who want to experience the coastal paths of beautiful Cornwall without the rocky and hillier sections further west.

At a Glance

  • 5 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip Highlights

  • St Michaels Mount, steeped in history and folklore with a spectacular castle
  • Wild serpentine cliffs of the Lizard peninsula, Englands most southerly point
  • Postcard perfect rocky coves and beaches and picturesque fishing harbours

Is This Trip for You?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 14km (8.5ml) 
No. of days walking: 4
Terrain and route: This is a well balanced walk and is perfectly suited to walkers who want to experience the coastal paths of beautiful Cornwall without the rocky and hillier sections further west.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with route directions so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy following route directions, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Adult min age:
12

Itinerary

W05MC map

Land Only

Start City:
Marazion
End City:
Coverack

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Marazion

    Arrival in Marazion

  • Day 2

    Marazion to Porthleven

    From St Michaels Mount and Mount's Bay, follow the gentle slopes of south Cornwall and the dark metamorphic rock to be found here. Sloping fields run down towards the cliff edge and sheltered coves protect shingle beaches. The landscape becomes wilder, the cliffs higher and the coves narrower as you approach the fishing port of Porthleven where you stay for the night, with a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 3

    Porthleven to Mullion

    Today the coastal path traverses windswept beaches and dramatic cliffs out towards the western side of the Lizard Peninsula. Often the gulls screeching down below are your only company, however the views are spectacular and the view over Mullion Cove alone is worth the journey. Stay overnight in Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard, with plenty of shops, inns, cafes and restaurants. The 13th century church in the heart of the village is worth a visit and the National Trust owned working harbour is very pretty.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 11.5 km / 7 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 4

    Mullion to Lizard

    With a wonderful sense of isolation, this section of the Cornish coast path is a place of towering cliffs and rolling downs, punctuated by a scattering of isolated villages nestled into steep sided coves. As the miles pass, the landscape becomes wilder, with expansive views back west towards Penzance and the coastline already traversed, and ahead towards Lizard Point, the most southerly point in mainland Britain, passing the postcard perfect Kynance Cove en route before your night in Lizard.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 11.5 km / 7 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 5

    Lizard to Coverack

    A peaceful and sheltered landscape of fishing coves and calmer shores as you pass along the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsular. Beyond the exceedingly pretty Cadgwith Cove with its whitewashed thatched cottages and fleet of small fishing boats, follow the remote section of coast, broken only by the expansive beach at Kennack Sands. Verdant cliffs and tree-lined valleys merge into low moorland as the path heads eastwards and away from the shelter of Lizard Point and Bass Point. In this wild region, the hills can be difficult but the views are stunning. Spend your final night in the picturesque Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and impressive harbour built from the local serpentine stone.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17 km / 10.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 6

    Leave Coverack

    Depart Coverack after breakfast.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels

GLENLEIGH HOUSE, MARAZION
Glenleigh House, a conveniently situated Marazion B&B, overlooking St Michael’s Mount and the sweeping panorama of Mount’s Bay, has been owned and run by the Hales family for more than 30 years. With eight comfortable and well appointed bedrooms (many with views to the Mount and sea), you can be assured of a comfortable stay at this friendly Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1898 as the home of a prosperous farmer, Glenleigh House retains its original Victorian charm whilst providing guests with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a fantastic, filling breakfast of your choice to set you up for your day.

WELLMORE END COTTAGE, PORTHLEVEN
Situated close to Porthleven Harbout, the Traditional Cornish Fisherman’s Cottage dates from around 1860. It was once the home of Porthleven’s fresh water well, hence the name.

MOUNTS BAY INN, MULLION
The Mounts Bay Inn is situated at the heart of the traditional fishing village of Mullion, on the beautiful Lizard peninsula in West Cornwall. With its stunning views, rugged coastal walks and rich history filled with tales of smuggling and shipwrecks. The rooms are comfortable and modern. Beyond the village, walkers delight in winding their way along the many footpaths that follow the Cornish coast. Visitors can discover a variety of crystal clear coves and sandy beaches – the nearby Poldhu Cove was even the location for the first trans-Atlantic radio communications conducted by Marconi in 1901. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this protected landscape is also home to 15 of Britain’s rarest plants.

PENMENNER HOUSE, LIZARD
Penmenner House is elegant and full of character, the rooms are bright and traditional. This delightful bed and breakfast is only a stone’s throw from the heart of the village and stunning South West Coast Path. Built in 1862 for Nicholas Vivian – a Victorian gentleman who described himself as a proprietor of houses and mines – Penmenner House has a fascinating history.

FERNLEIGH, COVERACK
A great Cornish welcome awaits you at Fernleigh. Fernleigh is a family run bed and breakfast situated in an elevated position overlooking the harbour and bay of the fishing village of Coverack. Coverack is a pretty fishing village with a lot of the original cottages with their thatched roofs. It has its own regatta and Lifeboat day and lots of fundraising events throughout the year.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £275.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Enjoy the local cuisine in a mixture of restaurants, inns, pubs and seaside cafes. Cornwall is famous for its fish and shellfish, dairy produce, wine, beer and of course the humble Cornish Pasty. There are also plenty of traditional fish and chip shops to choose from. 

Transportation

Your luggage will be transported between hotels so you only need to carry your daily essentials. Your bags will be waiting at your next hotel when you arrive.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

With Cornwall being located on the Southern coast of the UK, it is no surprise that the sea has a noticeable influence on the weather and climate of the area. 
In the summer, the average maximum temperature is around 19°C but can get into the late 20's. 
Rain falls year round so bringing hooded waterproof coats and hats will ensure visitors are prepared for any spells of wind and rain the region may experience. 

Joining Instructions

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

Alternative transfers
It may be possible to arrange transfers from Penzance station at an additional charge if required.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Marazion
Location end:
Coverack

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Walking boots

Water bottle

Daypack

Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses

Warm jumper

Waterproofs

Optional Equipment

Walking poles

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Practical Information

Visa

United Kingdom

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London GMT (GMT +00:00)

Electricity

United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.

Money

ATM Availability

There are ATM's in most of the main towns along the route, but not all. Most businesses in the area will take payments in cash or by card.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

All breakfasts are included, so you will need spending money for any picnics, lunches, evening meals and drinks. There is a good choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants on the routes as well as in the overnight towns and villages. Prices range from approximately £5-10 for lunch and you could pay between £15-30 for dinner, depending on where you decide to eat.

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.