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An Insider’s Guide to Cornwall: The Lizard


Many people are familiar, often from childhood holidays, with the more frequented parts of Cornwall such as Looe, St Ives, Padstow and Newquay, but there are so many other ‘lesser-known’ locations just waiting to be discovered. Our “Insider’s Guide to Cornwall” will introduce you to some of these fabulous places, starting with The Lizard.

Introducing The Lizard

Welcome to the first step in discovering idyllic, dramatic, and often hidden areas of Cornwall with our guide to some of its most quaint and less-visited treasures. With so much history and untapped beauty across Cornwall, it’s always helpful to have a guiding hand to point out some areas of interest to explore. Choosing a motorhome or campervan break in Cornwall, with all of freedom this give you, allows you to take your time and get the most out of this most picturesque of counties.

We will start our journey at the southernmost point of Cornwall, The Lizard, then head west towards the picturesque hamlet of Durgan. For those seeking to Immerse themselves in views of rugged coastline, white coves, wooded creeks, and breath-taking scenery, you truly couldn’t ask for more.

Whilst many people will head straight to the more popular destinations In The Lizard, we have handpicked a collection of Cornish gems to share with you.

Downas Cove, Kennack

Located on the most deserted section of The Lizard, is Downas Cove in Kennack, a wonderful often missed location to explore. This isolated sandy cove beach is dominated by a large freshwater stream running through it. As with much of The Lizard’s geology, you will find its cliffs and rock formations to be very serpentine in shape, with its own small grassy headland not disappointing. In the warmer months, it is a perfect destination for snorkelling, or simply relaxing in the sun.

With a National Trust car park located north east of the cove, or a scenic walk along the South West Coast Path from Kennack Sands, you will find the journey to have lots of breathtaking views, as enjoyable as the destination itself.

Postcode: TR12 6SH

Grid Ref: 50.0084, -5.1221

Leggan Cove, St Keverne

Being Cornwall’s best-kept secret, The Lizard encompasses some the most beautiful and enchanting beaches and coves in the UK, so we must mention one more in our guide: Leggan Cove in St Keverne.  This shingle and coarse grey sanded beach leads on to fabulously crystal-clear waters and is accessed via a footpath, through fields. Sheltered by its sloping cliffs behind, Leggan Cove is another great location for soaking up the sun during the summer months or an afternoon stroll at any time of the year.

This is a beautiful beach and well worth the trek and for the little ones (and the older ones amongst us). It has the added bonus of rock pools to explore when the tide is out. Leggan Cove is located approximately one mile east of St. Keverne and is nestled between two disused quarries at Dean Point and Porthoustock. Views across the cove are mesmerising from the South West Coastal path located above and shouldn’t be missed.

Postcode: TR12 6QR, Grid Ref: 50.0501, -5.0641

Glendurgan Garden and Beach

You will find a variety of activities to enjoy, from the cherry laurel maze dating back to 1833 to colourful garden walks, and even some beach activities, as the garden meets the nearby Durgan Beach.

With plenty of parking, a wonderful café, and lots to explore, Glendurgan Garden and Beach make for a wonderfully relaxing day out with plenty of nearby facilities and attractions. Please note: the gardens are seasonal and open again in February  2021.

Postcode:  TR11 5JZ

Grid Ref: 50.1061, -5,1169

Comfort Wherever You Go

With the comfort and freedom that you get from exploring Cornwall in a motorhome or campervan, you have everything you need to make your Cornish adventure an everlasting memory.

We at Cornish Motorhome Hire have a range of high-quality motorhomes and campervans, so you can enjoy the comfort of home, wherever you go. We are one of the South West’s leading motorhome and camper hire companies, based near Liskeard, a perfect place to start your Cornish adventure.

Book Now

We still have some dates left for those seeking 2021 Cornwall motorhome holidays, so don’t delay.  To book now, contact us here at Cornish Motorhome Hire on 01579 364087 or 07986 073469, alternatively visit our contact page to send us a email. Or, for your convenience you can browse our website and book online 24/7!

Click here for a list of the top campsites that accept motorhomes and campervans near to The Lizard, Cornwall.

Happy Touring!