Falmouth, England, United Kingdom
Coastal Trek & Pub Lunch
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 6 Hours
A 45-minute motorcoach drive brings you to the area in Cornwall known as the Lizard Peninsula. Stunningly beautiful at any time of year, it is a continuing source of inspiration for artists and writers. With the sea on three sides and the Helford River to the north, the Lizard Peninsula is a high plateau surrounded by sea and studded with numerous coves and beaches. As you approach the area, the usual rolling West Cornwall terrain gives way to much more open landscapes. At the gateway to Lizard is Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station -- the largest base in Europe. It plays an important role locally in air-sea rescue. The rocks and cliffs of the coastline offer shelter to the tiny fishing villages huddled in their coves, looking today much as they did centuries ago.
You'll continue to Lizard Town, the southernmost point of England where the moorland is ringed by a jagged coastline of ancient rocks. There is abundant evidence of prehistoric man from the Bronze and Iron Ages 2,500 years before the birth of Christ. Your walking tour, or coastal trek, begins at Lizard Town.
Small workshops polish the gloriously-colored local rock for use in dishes, jewelry, figurines and model lighthouses. Green lanes and paths lead you south to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country. Your refreshing walk meanders along the cliff top, glorious with wildflowers in summer.
You will see the Lizard Lighthouse, a former Lloyd's Signal Station and the site of one of Marconi's experimental wireless stations. The lighthouse was built in 1752 to oversee one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It was automated in 1999.
Turn inland to Church Cove and stop at one of the local pubs to enjoy a typical pub lunch of fish and chips, and strawberries and cream. Of course this includes a half-pint of English draft beer.
There is then time to browse in the small shops in Lizard Town before commencing the return drive to Falmouth.
Travel time to Lizard is one hour each way. Approximately two hours will be spent on the walk which will mostly be along coastal paths on top of the cliffs; some of the paths are uneven. There are some steep sections to negotiate. Wear sturdy footwear and dress in layers with a waterproof jacket or coat. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Minimum age is 10 years.