Exploring Lizard Point

Lizard Point, complete with lighthouse, is the UK]s most southerly point and is famous for its local Serpentine Stone, which is a unique metaphoric rock, dark green in colour with red and white veins. Serpentine jewellery and ornaments were extremely fashionable during Victorian times and there are still several Serpentine turners in the village who work during the summer season. There are several gift shops, galleries and craft shops and the area also boasts an impressive number of SCUBA diving schools.

There has been a lighthouse at Lizard Point since 1751 to warn ships of the dangers of the beautiful yet treacherous coastline, such as the Man o’ War rocks which are just offshore. Beneath the actual point is the Old Lifeboat House with the current lifeboat station being a few miles to the east of the headland.

On November 10th 1721, 30 years before the lighthouse was constructed, 15 crew members of the Royal Anne Galley perished when the boat was smashed against the rocks in a mighty storm. They were then buried together in one mass grave on Pistol Meadow, a grass slope which is just west of the Old Lifeboat Slipway. Walkers who come to this area may chance a glimpse of the Cornish Chough which now breed here.

There are many pretty coves to visit on the Lizard Peninsula, including Mullion and Cadgwith. The former is found underneath Mullion Village and is accessed by a winding road and it has several caf├ęs and galleries worth visiting.

Kennack Cove is north easterly of Cadgwith and is where the buccaneer Avery is said to have buried some of his ill gotten gains, the rest said to beat Gunwalloe on the other side of the peninsula. Another cove of interest is Poldhu, as this is where the first transatlantic radio message was sent by Marconi in 1901. The signal was received in December 1901 in Newfoundland, an event that went on to change the world.