Kynance Cove and Lizard Point, Cornwall (Free Route)

Route Summary

A stunning circular walk that visits the gorgeous Kynance Cove and Lizard Point, the most southerly point on the British mainland. The scenery, wildlife and geology makes this route an absolute joy.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance:  5.8 miles (9.3 km)

Walking Time: 02h 30m

Type: Circular

Start location

Car park in Lizard village centre, TR12 7NZ

lat: 49.9685628

lon: -5.2037513

Getting there

By bus: Service N1 First Kernow buses from Redruth to The Lizard  //

Route Map

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From the large car park in the centre of Lizard, follow Pentreath Lane past public toilets and several houses. Upon reaching a signpost for Kynance Cove bear right (SW703127), climb steps onto a raised path and continue in a north-west direction, over a field. Once down steps, the path splits so keep right. The path rises gradually through hedgerows, crossing two stiles, then broadens as it crosses another field and a stile to gain a single-track road (SW694131).


Go straight on past a house then bear right onto a path crossing open countryside. At a track go straight across into Kynance Cove car park, and make a right beside a flagpole. A path descends (passing a path for Lizard Point) to reach the secluded Kynance Cove (SW685134). Here there is a café and it is a beautiful spot to linger.


Walk back to the Lizard Point path, turn R and climb a steep flight of steps onto cliffs – a spectacular view extends along the coast to Mounts Bay. Now follow a superb high-level section of the South West Coast Path south for almost 2km, crossing three stiles en route, to round Old Lizard Head (SW695116) where Lizard Point comes into view.


Keep on west past rugged Polpeor Cove, a good point to spot seals and lots of birdlife. Once over a footbridge, steps climb up onto a path to pass a café and car park then the Lizard Lighthouse (SW705115), which dates from 1751.


Beyond Polbream Cove a steep descent drops down and around the crystal-clear waters of Housel Bay. Having crossed a footbridge, turn left up steps then go right at a junction where the path continues towards Lloyd’s Signal Station. After a gate turn right onto Lloyd’s Road, a rough track that leads to the signal station (SW714120).


Retrace your steps along Lloyd’s Road, passing the outward-bound route, and keep on north-west, through scenic countryside, for approximately 1km, returning to Lizard at Beacon Terrace (SW708126). Make a left and return to the start.