CORNWALL COAST PATH
Lizard Point to Mullion Cove [7½ miles]
This walk was intended to stretch as far as about a mile beyond Mullion, but the heavy rainfall promised for most of the day made us reconsider, and so we shortened the proposed 10 mile walk to 7 miles and set off for Mullion Cove. We also took this walk out of sequence as we really wanted to do the Coverack to Lizard stretch on a decent day (promised accurately for tomorrow).
Looking back at the Lizard from Lizard Point
We set off from the car park at Polpeor Cove and made the gentle climb up onto the cliff to the west of the old lifeboat station and headed towards Lizard Point. We noticed that as we set off from the Lizard, a clear break in the weather was coming up from the south and we had high hopes that perhaps we weren't going to get rained on all day. And so it proved to be. Within a short time the rain had eased and had almost completely stopped.
Looking north west from Lizard Point towards Kynance Cliff
We soon come to Pentreath Beach, a sandy beach at low tide, but covered at high tide. Continue along the coast path soon reaching the cliff top car park for Kynance Cove.
Gull Rock, Asparagus Island and The Bellows
from Kynance Cliff
At high tide there is very little sand and unfortunately the route down the steps to the beach was unusable so we had to detour inland and take the road down to the cafe on the right then back up onto the cliffs where we soon stopped for a coffee. Unfortunately it started to drizzle again and so we put our waterproofs bacon once again.
The path for the next mile or so is very obvious, keeping to the cliff top along Kynance Cliff. This part of the path is quite flat with lovely views west and around the coast. Soon we come to another little cove, Cew-graze and we continued round Vellan Head, passing George's Cove and Parc Bean Cove.
From Predannack Head looking back at
Vellan Head & Kynance Cliff
Mullion Cove in the distance from Predannack Head
From here the coast path is easy to follow and soon we saw Mullion Island just off the coast to our left. This island is now owned by the National Trust. Ahead there was a descent and climb back up the valley at Predannack Cliff where we soon saw Mullion Cove ahead.
Mullion Cove from Mullion Cliff
A long gentle descent brought us to the road leading to the nearby car park.
We returned to our start point at the Lizard to collect the car and of course, now the sun had come out and it was quite warm - just right for that ice cream.
Lizard Point look much more inviting than earlier in the day
The Lizard lighthouse