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Exploring the Lizard and Cornwall

Cornwall has so much to offer as a holiday destination, the Lizard Peninsula in particular being an area of outstanding natural beauty and also being England’s most southerly peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. There are numerous sandy beaches, stunning gardens, coastal walks and for the braver souls, lots of activities including water sports, climbing, surfing, golf and many more.

The Beaches & Coves of Cornwall

Housel Bay Beach – Stunning beach located just below the Hotel (Tidal beach)

A beautiful beach located just a few hundred yards below the Hotel gardens. Accessed via a footpath directly from the Hotel gardens, this tidal beach is often only used by the Hotel’s guests and a handful of local people from the Lizard Village. At low tide there is plenty of sand. Housel is a family friendly beach. 

Kynance Cove – Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall, the contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red and green serpentine rock produces a breathtaking sight. There’s a steep 10-15 minute walk down to the cove but that doesn’t stop visitors who head to the beach for a family day out, a romantic stroll along the sand or to photograph the moment when in the sunlight on the sea turns a brilliant turquoise colour. Just above the beach is an eco-friendly café selling Cornish pasties, fresh sandwiches, baguettes, homemade cakes and cream teas along with beach goods.

Cadgwith Cove – Cadgwith is one of those Cornish fishing villages that time seems to have passed by. The beach is still very much the centre of the village with a small fleet of crabbing boats winched up on the beach in front of the boat houses. It is one of the most picturesque fishing villages on the Cornish coast, made famous recently by Monty Halls’ series ‘The Fisherman’s Apprentice’ which featured the cove and the many fishermen that work here.

Walking in Cornwall

The most obvious choice of activity is walking. The views along the Cornish Coast Path are quite marvellous in every direction. From the hotel you can go left to Cadgwith, a small fishing village where the Lizard Lifeboat is located, then onward to Kennack, Coverack and (over several days) all points to Falmouth. To the right, you can reach lovely Kynance Cove in a little over the hour or Mullion and Porthleven within a day. If you would like to prepare your walking routes prior to your visit then you can do so by going on to the South West Coast Path website (http://www.southwestcoastpath.com) and mapping your route/s ready for when you arrive.

For those who prefer to avoid the coastal breezes, there is a wide choice of inland walks such as Frenchman’s Creek and other destinations around the Helford River. There are many publications to help you plan your walking programmes and we are happy to assist you in preparing your route from the Hotel.

The Gardens of Cornwall

Bonython Estate Gardens – 1st March – 30 September 2015 / Mon – Fri 10am – 4.30pm

Magnificent shrubs, a walled garden, lakes and a woodland walk. Situated on England’s southernmost Lizard Peninsula, Bonython Estate offer excitement and surprises, with colour and interest in all seasons. Beautiful in spring with traditional Cornish rhododendrons, azaleas, woodland flowers and bulbs. Bonython is a traditional, mixed agricultural Cornish estate with the 18th century Manor, farm and woodland stretching almost from one side of the peninsula (the Helford River) to the other (the beach at Poldhu Cove) with each shore just over a mile away.

Trebah GardenOpen all year round from 10am

A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Open every day of the year, from 10am.
Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River.

Glendurgan Garden – Open 10.30am – 5.30pm

Walk down through the peaceful, exotic and playful valley to a sheltered beach at the bottom. Lose yourself on a walk through the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden – full of fun, informality, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover big leaves and exotic flowers in the jungle-like lower valley and sun-loving specimens enjoying the upper banks. In spring thousands of wildflowers carpet the sloping sides of this steep valley.

Other Activities in Cornwall

Golf, Tennis, Sailing, Diving & Fishing are all available within ten minutes to half-an-hour’s drive. The nearby Golf courses are at Mullion, Praa Sands, Helston and Falmouth but there are many more in the county, including the championship course at St Mellion. Arrangements can be made with local fishermen for sea fishing or just for meandering around the coastline.