Walk - Lizard YH - Back from Mullion

7.0 miles (11.2 km)

Mullion The Lizard Youth Hostel

Moderate -

Take the bus to Mullion. Walk from the picturesque Mullion Cove, along the wild and exposed cliffs of the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula, past some beautiful sheltered coves, to Lizard Point. There is some stunning cliff top walking  on high land above Mullion. Kynance Cove has a sandy beach and islands of serpentine stone.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Trenance Farm Cottages

Only ½ mile from the magnificent coastal path. The perfect base to explore Lizard Peninsular and surrounding area. Dogs welcome and short breaks available.

Polurrian Bay Hotel - LFH

Fantastic views, catering for families with outdoor & indoor pools, spa, tennis court in 12 acres of gardens leading to private beach.

Mullion Cove Hotel

Magnificent cliff top location above Mullion Cove, wonderful harbour and coastal views directly on the Coast Path. A haven of peace & relaxation. Fine wines & excellent food using the very best fresh local produce. All day menu available. Dogs welcome

Chyheira B&B

Charming Edwardian B & B less than 1/2 mile from the SW Coast Path. Locally sourced cooked breakfast. One night stays and well-behaved pets welcome.

Silversands Holiday Park

Ideal base to explore the Lizard peninsula. Large pitches for camping, touring & holiday homes. 1km thro Lizard Nature Reserve to the Path

Atlantic House B&B

High-quality B&B in a beautiful location. 5 minutes walk from the Coast Path and close to many amenities of the village.

The Old Bakery B&B

The Old Bakery was built around 1935 & is situated on the edge of the village. It is only 2 minutes walk to the village centre. The Coast Path and a number of beaches are within walking distance.

The Top House Inn

Mainland Britain’s most southerly Inn- The Top House Inn is unique. En-suite rooms in an adjoining building are contemporary in style and offer guests a touch of luxury.

Hellarcher Farm

Farmhouse with panoramic views. 5 mins from Coast Path. Vast farmhouse breakfast choice, locally sourced with scones & bread baked on the premises, with homemade jams and marmalade. Dogs welcome.

Penmenner House Bed & Breakfast

A warm welcome awaits walkers at Penmenner House. 4 ensuite rooms all with sea views, and a delightful Cornish breakfast. Perfectly situated to explore the Lizard peninsula with its amazing coastal view, fauna & flora.
You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Glenbervie Bar at the Mullion Cove Hotel

Magnificent cliff top location above Mullion Cove, wonderful harbour and coastal views directly on the Coast Path. A haven of peace & relaxation. Fine wines & excellent food using the very best fresh local produce. All day menu available. Dogs welcome

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Telstar Taxi & Private Hire

The Lizard peninsula is a remote part of Cornwall, public transport can be sparse. Ideally located to assist with one way South West Coast Path walkers.

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Route Description

To get to Mullion Cove, the bus must be caught from Lizard village. Walk up Lighthouse Road to the village. The Western Greyhound 537 bus service leaves The Green on the A3083. Get off at Mullion Cricket Club. The journey takes between 15-25 minutes. From the bus stop walk down the road to Mullion Cove along Nansmellyon road.

  1. From Mullion Cove ascend in an easterly direction (away from St Michael’s Mount)along the South West Coast Path.

Mullion is still a working fishing village with only three registered boats. Lord Robartes built the pier between 1893 and 1895 not only to protect the fishermen and their families but also to protect the boats coming in with coal that was required for his estate. Mullion also had its own lifeboats and a large plaque commemorating this is against the back wall of the slipway. Local millionaire Montague Meyer gave Mullion Cove (which is dog-friendly throughout the year) to the National Trust in 1945.
Mullion Island is formed from lava that whilst erupting under the sea, made contact with the cold salt water and then cooled into pillow shaped segments. In 1979 a ship named the MV Shoreham went aground off Mullion Island. The ship was refloated but found to be beyond economic repair and so was broken up for scrap.
The rock sitting out on its own close to the shore, in line with Mullion Island, is called Vro Island. Locals talk of it twenty years ago being full of birds as in a highrise block of flats. Puffins, razor bills, black backed gulls and gannets used to feed off the pilchards and sand eels that have diminished so much in recent years.
The bay between Men-he-teul and northwards to Pedngwinian is known as Mullion Roads. The protection afforded to ships in a northeasterly gale was often short lived if the winds suddenly changed direction to the predominant south westerly. Captains of the vessels had to be quick to move out to sea to avoid disaster. Many wrecks with loss of life and other near misses have occurred over the centuries.

  1. Continuing along the Coast Path the terrain is flat all the way around from Men-te-heul to Parc Bean Cove and Ogo Dour Cove.

In these coves there is a waterfall and some caves (the Cornish for cave is `ogo'). Please take care if you explore around here.
Continue along the Coast Path.
You are likely to encounter some of the grazing animals being used to improve the important clifftop habitats. The National Trust and Natural England are using traditional breeds of pony, sheep and cattle to control the spread of scrub and coarse grasses. Breeds used include the spectacular Highland Cattle, now almost a tourist attraction in their own right. In winter there are often Dartmoor ponies grazing the cliffs. This grazing has also recently encouraged the return of the chough to the Lizard cliffs. With its distinctive high-pitched 'chi-ow' call and its acrobatic tumbling flight displays, the chough is an unmistakable sight, particularly between Kynance Cove and Lizard Point.
The results of this land management can be seen in spring when much of the cliffs between here and Mullion are swathed in thrift, spring squill, campions and orchids. These flowers and the Autumn squill (Scilla autumnalis) are Lizard specialities.
Keener botanists may wish to search for the peculiarly named Lizard specialities; fringed rupturewort, hairy greenweed or land quillwort. Late summer brings the heathland into colour. The Cornish Heath, with its beautiful pale pink flowers, is a rare plant which is found here but nowhere else in Britain. It grows only where serpentine rock occurs. There is a riot of colour through most of the year with so many other unique species of plants including as many as 20 species of clover.

  1. At Soapy Cove (or Gew-graze), you will pass the remains of a disused soapstone quarry dating back to the 1700s.

This soft rock was used in the porcelain industry until 1819 - by this time china clay was being extracted around St Austell.

  1. Continue around the next headland and descend into Kynance Cove.

Look for the Devil's Letterbox on the north side of Asparagus Island a cave crack with powerful suction caused by the pull of air from the waves below.
This has been a favourite spot for day-trippers since Victorian times. Many of the caves around Kynance have names from that era like the Ladies' Bathing Pool, the Parlour and the Drawing Room. Today, the café at the Cove is full of ecofriendly features such as solar panels, a turf roof, wool insulation and compost toilets.
Set out from Kynance Cove on the Coast Path, heading towards Lizard Point. Steps lead to a headland from the eastern end of Kynance beach. Walk through the car park and rejoin the cliff path.
Seals and basking sharks are commonly spotted on this route. Basking sharks can be nearly 30ft (9m) long but cruise these warm waters feeding on nothing more than tiny plankton. In summer 2007 over 40 were spotted in one day.
Follow the cliff path, passing above Pentreath beach.
Many quirkily named wild flowers bloom along the coast through spring and summer like dropwort, bloody crane'sbill, ladies bedstraw, milkwort and self-heal. The exotic looking pink and yellow flowers of the hottentot fig can be seen near to the Lizard Lighthouse. Although it looks pretty it's actually a botanical bully and can smother our native flora.

  1. Look down towards the disused Victorian lifeboat station at Polpeor Cove.
  2. Continue round the headland from Lizard Point and return to the Lizard Youth Hostel which is found just before you reach the Lizard Lighthouse.

Mullion Cove, Pentreath and Polpear Cove are beaches which are dog-friendly throughout the year.

Public transport

To get to Mullion Cove, catch the bus from Lizard village. The Western Greyhound 537 bus service leaves The Green on the A3083. Get off at Mullion Cricket Club. The journey takes between 15-25 minutes. From the bus stop walk down to Mullion Cove along Nansmellyon road. The walk should take no longer than 15 minutes. For timetable information visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

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