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Coverack to Lizard [11.1 miles]

The Maps


The Route

The Walk

Coverack from coast path
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On a glorious warm and sunny morning we left the car park at Coverack and passed the pretty harbour near Dolor Point and then climbed up onto the coast path proper taking the (easy) inland route avoiding the slippery Chynhalls cliff path.
The delightful harbour at Coverack
Looking ahead to Chynhalls Point
Our reward was to stumble upon the Terence Coventry Sculpture Park. The park usually contains about 25 monumental sculptures depending on whether any were display at other venues. A most interesting and rewarding diversion.
Geri with one of the sculptures
So then we all had to get into the act
Looking back at Chynhalls Point from Black Head
We rounded Black Head with the path hugging the cliff tops here and entered Beagles Point. As the path rounds Treleaver Cliff views of The Lizard come into view, which, after such a short distance of walking is quite disconcerting as we knew we had a good 5 hours of walk ahead of us.

Lizard from coast path
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There are quite a few descents (not good for me with my now very dodgy knee) and climbs as the path negotiates the many coves along the route. Downas Cove, Kennack Beach, the charming Poltesco with the former Serpentine Works, and then the descent into Cadgwith which hides in a little cove and which remains concealed until the path turns into the cove itself. Cadgwith Cove Inn sits on the steep narrow road that leads to the heart of the village and we had a meal there the following evening (see footnote).
The broken footbridge at Downas Cove
Heading up the hill out of the village comes to an area known as The Todden, a large headland that separates the two beaches at Cadgwith.
Cadgwith with The Todden headland on the left
Just beyond the village is a cove and rock formation known as The Devils Frying Pan. This is a collapsed cave that has resulted in a small cove connected to the sea under a thick arch of rock and topped with turf.
The Devil's Frying Pan
The coast path continues round to The Lizard Lighthouse, passing the Lizard Lifeboat Station which sits in Kilcobben Cove, Lloyds Signal Station which is the oldest surviving purpose-built wireless communications station in the world, Bass Point lookout station and Housel Bay.
Lloyds Signal Station
The Lizard Lighthouse
We returned to Cadgwith on Thursday evening for a meal at the Cadgwith Cove Inn (highly recommended). We had to park in the car park above the village and I was struck by the complexity of the car park instructions. When I arrived at the sign I was met by a dutch couple who were also puzzling over the instructions, and I have to confess that I had to read the sign 3 times to understand the meaning.
A very wordy and confusing sign especially for non-english speakers