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The Lizard Peninsular is a fascinating place to take a walk on the wild side.

This area boasts the largest area of serpentine rock in England. Its mild climate means that there are excellent conditions for flowering plants. Also look out for Choughs, an amazing black bird with a bright red beak, on the cliff tops.

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The Lizard - Visitor Guide


The Lizard, Lizard Point, Cornwall.

Postcode TR12

Lizard Countryside Office 01326 561 407
Lizard Wireless Station 01326 290 384
Marconi Station 01326 241 656
Lizard Lighthouse 0207 4816900

Fax:The Lizard National Trust 01326 562882
Ordnance survey:OS 203:SW688133
Key attractions:

The coastline offers dramatic cliff walks and boasts an abundance of rare wild flowers and fascinating geological features:

Mullion Cove to Lizard Point - 10 mile walk.


Amongst the many birds which can be spotted is the Chough which is being encouraged to re-colonise here after being virtually extinct in Cornwall for many years. Today the bird is thriving - it relies on the short turf which characterises the area.

Essential kit:

Binoculars. Bird and plant identification books. Map. Walking shoes for cliff walks.

Best times:

April-June for bird watching: The Chough Watch Point is open April to June.


Surfaced paths to viewpoints overlooking Lizard Point are wheelchair friendly. Wheelchair friendly path to viewpoints at The Lizard. Some terrain unsuitable due to steep slopes.


Disabled toilets next to car park at The Lizard.


Lighthouse access for wheelchair users will be available at ground floor level with special cameras providing viewpoints from Easter 2005.

Getting there:

Lies two miles north of Lizard Point. Take the A3083 to Lizard town from Helston and then follow the tourist signs.


Car parking at The Lizard and in Lizard town.


There is a bus at Lizard Point that will take you back to your car at Mullion Cove at the end of the day. Ask the local tourist information office for times.

Opening times:

Year round access to countryside paths and external views of lighthouse. The lighthouse has recently been renovated and reopens in 2007.


Bird watching - the Chough Watch Point is open April to June.

Charges:Adults £2.50; Concessions £2.00; Students £1.50; Family £6.50.
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