Things to do in and around The Lizard and West Cornwall
Encompassing some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery, the Lizard and West Cornwall are an excellent area for all manner of activities and places to explore. For those who love surfing, hiking, fishing or watersports, there is all the space and freedom you could wish for to set forth and enjoy the epic terrain. For those looking to try a new activity there are also some great activity providers in the area, who can give you friendly tuition while providing all the neccesary know how and equipment hire. Here are just some of the options open to the visitor:
Sea Kayaking & Paddle SportS
Whether you bring your own or use a local provider to hire the gear, the Lizard is a great area for coastal adventures! We would advise keeping a close eye on weather and tides, however, and if you are new to these pursuits, a trip with friendly local experts is the ideal safe way to get started (try Lizard Adventure for kayaking and coasteering trips).
From spotting seals to tracking down rare seabirds, the Lizard Peninsula is a paradise for the wildlife lover. It's well worth packing some binoculars. Seals are especially common, with Lizard Point a great spot to find one. Or, alternately, you could get up close and personal with these playful creatures at Gweek Seal Sanctuary.
With Atlantic beaches and a wealth of great breaks locally, West Cornwall is also a fine surfing destination. Experienced boarders will love the natural beauty and space of the region. Should you want to improve your skills, however, or learn surfing from scratch we also have the excellent Dan Joel Surf School very close to us in Poldhu.
With clear, clean waters and rugged terrain galore, the coast around the Lizard Peninsula is great for fishing. Summer is the best time to fish, with mackerel, pollack and occasional bass among the species you will find (see our guest fishing blog from author Dom Garnett). Colourful wrasse and various mini species are also common around the rocks and popular with LRF and lure fishing enthusiasts. Alternately, West Cornwall also has some pretty trout and salmon streams that offer idyllic fly fishing. Try the excellent Westcountry Angling Passport Scheme.
For those looking for golf days, our nearest location is Mullion Golf Course. One of the most stunning places to play golf in the UK, it is England’s most southerly golf course. Eighteen holes provide plenty of variety and challenge for all levels of golfer. Visitors are welcome and a range of facilities include golf buggies, club house, golf shop and professional tuition services. Furthermore, Mullion Cove Hotel guests get a special 10% discount!
Located in Mullion, Newton Livery are a family run business and warmly welcome visitors to the Lizard Peninsula and specialise in lessons particularly for beginners. All rides are accompanied and range from rides through the countryside to exciting canters through the waves and along the beach for more experienced riders. For anyone who prefers to sit back and relax scenic carriage rides are also available. See www.newton-equestrian.co.uk