Walk: The Lizard coastal walk, Cornwall - 7 miles (11km)

Walk - Three Sides of The Lizard 3.9 miles (6.3 km)

Walks with a beach. Wildlife tromps. Strolls through history. Circular rambles and undulating hikes await walkers keen and casual around Britain’s most southerly point.

Track the clifftops of the South West Coast Path for offshore glimpses of basking sharks, dolphins and seals. Or venture inland along the leaf-lined avenues and riverbanks surrounding the Helford River.

Amblers will enjoy a stroll through the bluebell woods around Gweek or losing the shoes for a family barefoot trail at Godolphin House. And there’s plenty of opportunity to break your stride for tea and cake pitstops in cosy pubs, traditional teashops and picture-perfect villages.

Wildlife

From native species to exotic plants transported by intrepid Victorian plant hunters, the coastlines and countryside around the Lizard are a riot of colour. Look out for pink thrift, blue squill and yellow vetch in the summertime.

This is also the best place in Cornwall to catch a glimpse of a chough, the national bird of Cornwall, which disappeared from the UK in 1973. It‘s been re-established but is still one of England’s rarest breeding birds.

Did you know? King Arthur was said to have flown away in the form of a chough after he died ‑ its distinctive red beak and legs are said to represent the wounds he received in the last battle.

Landmarks

From the stirring white hulk of the Lizard lighthouse to collapsed sea caves with provoking names like the Lion’s Den, natural and man-made surprises abound as you tour the Lizard on foot.

Break your stride with pitstops in cosy pubs, traditional teashops and picture-prefect villages.

Ruined engine houses, like those near Downas Cove and Rinsey Head form part of a World Heritage Site recognising Cornwall’s industrial past. And the remains of an Iron Age Fort at Carrick Luz and inland standing stones and Bronze Age barrows point to a more ancient history as a place of settlement and trade.

Hidden beaches

Hunt down your very own stretch of sand and escape the crowds as you encounter hidden coves and inlets. Pack a swimsuit and plunge into crystal clear, tranquil waters at quieter spots like Polnare, Downas and Lankidden coves.

The coast is riddled with shipwrecks too – keep a weather eye on the shallows at places including Kennack Sands to spot some of them emerging at low tide.

DID YOU KNOW? The Lizard Peninsula is part of the second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall at 192 sq km, running from Marazion all the way to the outskirts of Falmouth.