The Lizard Peninsula is located in south Cornwall where the most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard Point can be found.
The name Lizard is thought to have come from the Cornish word Lys Ardh which means High Court. As almost one third of Cornwall has been designated with the title of AONB or Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, it is not surprising that the Lizard Peninsula falls within AONB with some of the most spectacular stretches of Cornish Coastal path.
Mullion Cove Harbour
It is a 118 year old harbour that was completed in 1895 and is located in the Lizard Peninsula.
It is one of the prettiest of all the small Cornish fishing harbours owned and managed by the National Trust. Although the harbour is predominantly a tourist attraction nowadays, it is still used by a small but very active fishing community.
There is also a small island off the coast of the Mullion harbour called Mullion Island or Toldhu as known locally, is a sanctuary for sea birds and adds picturesque scenery to the Mullion harbour.
The harbour itself benefits from a sandy opening and can be very popular in summer with bathers, and many often dive and snorkel there too. This is due to the favourable shelter created by the surrounding high cliffs and falling on the South West Coastal Path. There is a small café near the harbour and a car parking facilities only a few minutes’ walk away.
Postcode for the Mullion Harbour: TR12 7ES
Things to do near Mullion Cove in Lizard Peninsula
Kayaking – You can hire kayaks from one of the local shops and on a sunny day, it can be a fantastic outdoor activity and if you feel adventurous enough you can even go kayak fishing too!
Walk on the Southwest Coastal Walk near Mullion Harbour –
The breath taking Coastal Path is altogether 630 miles (1014 km) long stretching from Somerset all the way to Poole Harbour. The coastal path actually encompasses The Lizard starting from the Helford River in the eastern part leading to the most southerly point of Britain, Lizard Point.
It then goes round many coves all the way to Porthleven in the north west of the Lizard Peninsula. You can join the southwest coastal path at any point around the Lizard Peninsula and enjoy some of the most spectacular coastal views in the world!
Starting point – Poldhu Cove Car Park
Postcode – TR12 7JB
Length – 4 miles or 6.4 km
Finish at – Poldhu
Regarded as one of the seven coastal walks best for exploring the coast of Lizard Peninsula, it can be finest enjoyed in spring with birds singing and flowers blooming along the paths.
The walk can be classed as easy to moderate as it involves walking on the cliffs and with a few steep descends which demands extra care. The stiles (crossing on country path fences) may sometimes get slippery when they are wet.
The walk is dog friendly as it involves a beach that allows dogs on it and also a pub that welcomes pets.
Mullion village is one of Cornwall’s largest villages with around 2,300 residents and an area of just under 20 sq km.
The Mullion gives you a feel of a traditional sea side village with small tea rooms, traditional pubs, 15th century church and gardens. The residents are very friendly and appreciate tourism which can be seen through their helpful attitude and smiling faces.