Lizard Village is situated around 10 miles (16 km) to the south of Helston, and is Britain's most southerly settlement. Lizard probably derives its curious name from a corruption of the Cornish 'Lys Ardh', meaning 'high place'.
Cornwall's unique and scenic Lizard Peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covers approximately 14 by 14 miles (23 km). Lizard village makes an ideal base from which to explore the many villages and coves located on the Lizard Peninsula.
Lizard is a tourist centre and its large village green is surrounded by cafes and gift shops. The village church is dedicated to St Winwallo and is the most southerly in mainland Britain. It is built of local Serpentinite stone.
The village pub, 'The Top House' is crammed with interesting pictures of the area and Lifeboat photographs. The Top House serves delicious food produced using local produce in the bar, restaurant and alfresco dining areas.
The Spanish Armada was first sighted from near Lizard village in 1588. Lizard Lighthouse, the oldest mainland light in Cornwall, is situated half-a-mile (800 m) south of the village. It has twin towers and was erected in 1752 although there had been a light here since 1619.
The Lizard lifeboat station, operated by the RNLI, is situated at Kilcobben Cove half-a-mile to the east of the village. A short stroll takes the visitor down to the lighthouse at Lizard point with its spectacular views.
A walk from Lizard Point to Kynance Cove
Distance- Around 4.5 miles
*From the car park at Lizard Point follow the path from Lizard to Kynance and beyond. Continue on this path looking out for the following features:-
(1) View of Lizard Lighthouse
(2) Old Lifeboat station
(3) Bass Point - site of early experiments in radio radio communication
Return to car park towards Lizard Point