Trenance Farm Cottages

Mullion, Helston, Cornwall

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The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest national trail

The western edge of the Lizard peninsula which the South West Coast Path follows has a special status, designated both as a National Park and a Heritage Coastline. Mullion sits at the centre of this stretch of coast.

The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest national trail. It stretches for 630 miles (1014 km), running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole in Dorset. Since it rises and falls with every river mouth, it is also one of the more challenging trails.

South West Coast Path

The path originated as a route for the Coastguard to walk from lighthouse to lighthouse patrolling for smugglers. As a result, the path closely hugs the coast providing excellent views but rarely the most direct path between two points. Britain has unique right-of-way laws that keep historic foot paths open to the public.

Nearly the entire Lizard coastline is accessible for walking

Move your mouse over the labels on the map below for information about the coastline.
 Loe Bar


Loe Bar is a sandbank created by storms which cut off the Cober Valley from the sea. The bar was formed in the 12th century and until then merchant ships could sail up the estuary as far as Helston. Beside Loe Bar is Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall. Here the distance between Loe Pool and the sea is about 200 yards.


Halzephron is an anglicised form of the Cornish word 'Als-Ifarn' (Cliffs of Hell) as the 200 feet cliffs here are gouged out in a big gully at Pedngwinian. Interesting stops include the Halzephron Inn and also the Halzephron Herb Farm. North of Halzephron is Loe Bar and then Porthleven. Just south is Dollar Cove where a ship laden with treasure sank, only a few silver coins have ever been recovered. Walking south towards Mullion and the Lizard Peninsula you are rewarded with magnificent views over Mount's Bay


Church Cove is a sheltered, picturesque family beach popular for water sports and recreation, the beach is remote compared to other facilities. One of the features is the church located on the edge of the beach. The area is part of the Baulk Head to Mullion SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The SSSI has significant rock types and many of the plants and habitats found here are rare and unique.


On 12 December, 1901 Marconi proved that radio waves could bend round the planet by transmitting the letter "S" from his Poldhu Station, near the monument, to his temporary radio receiver and antenna in Newfoundland. The Marconi Monument is a half hour walk from Trenance passing by Polurrian cove with spectacular views across Mount's Bay to St. Michaels Mount and beyond.
 Mullion Cove


Mullion Cove is a both jewel of the Lizard Peninsula and one of the landmark locations of Cornwall. With spectacular cliffs and Mullion Island framing the harbour walls. The harbour was completed in 1895 and financed by Lord Robartes of Lanhydrock as a recompense to the fishermen for several disastrous pilchard seasons. You can still see the old pilchard cellar and net store.
 Predannack Cliffs


The coastline along the edge of Predannack Downs consists of high dramatic sheer cliffs which extend from Mullion Cove around the coast to the Lizard Point. Between Mullion Cove and Ogo Dour Cove you ar rewarded with spectacular sea views as you pass The Chair, Men-te-Haul, Pedn Crifton and Predannack Head. Inland large areas of Predannack have been designated a Nature Conservation Area by the National Trust. The cliffs offer excellent walks south towards Kynance Cove and north to Mullion Cove.
 Ogo Dour Cove


The superb walking continues between Ogo-dour Cove and Vellan Head along serpentine cliffs. An excellent place to 'get away from it all'. There is cave in Ogo Dour Cove which requires a steep climb down the rocks.
 Vellan Head


The high cliffs at Vellan Head illustrate the flat open expanse of the Lizard Platform devoid of hills or high points, only cut by valleys to the coastline. Between Vellan Head and Kynance Cove is the spectacular cleft of Gew-graze (Soapy Cove). In the mid 1700's there was a quarry near the cove extracting Steatite (or Soapstone) - a soft rock used in the process of Porcelain manufacture. Nearby is the inlet of Pigeon Ogo with its cave (visible only from the sea) and dramatic dark cliffs dropping sheer to the sea.


In the mid 1700's there was a quarry near the spectacular cleft of Gew-graze (Soapy Cove) extracting Steatite (or Soapstone) - a soft rock used in the process of Porcelain manufacture.


On calm days with a low tide you can walk down and explore the cove.


Looking across the bay towards the cleft at Gew Graze, Pigeon Ogo and the Horse. The dramatic dark cliffs of Pigeon Ogo drop sheer to the sea. Further on is the jagged ridge of the Horse. Behind them you can see the flat expanse of the Lizard Platform.


The Horse is a jagged ridge pointing out to sea between Pigeon Ogo and the Rill.
 Kynance Cove


The spectacular Kynance Cove is one of the jewels of the Lizard Peninsula with a tombolo beach connecting Asparagus Island to the mainland. It is famous for its serpentine rock, which is used to carve ornamental pieces which can be purchased from the specialised serpentine turner shops located in Lizard village. North of Kynance are The Horse, The Pound and The Rill, where the Spanish Armada was reportedly first seen.
 The Lizard


The most southerly point of Cornwall with dramatic cliffs and spectacular views out to sea. Enjoy a snack at the most southerly cafe whilst enjoying the views. At spring low tides you can walk out over the rocky foreshore and go further south than nearly all others. Choughs first returned to Cornwall in 2001 when they bred on the Lizard Peninsular for the first time in more than 50 years. They can be seen nesting in the cliffs around Lizard Point.
 The Lizard


The most southerly point of Cornwall with dramatic cliffs and spectacular views out to sea. Enjoy a snack at the most southerly cafe whilst enjoying the views. Choughs first returned to Cornwall in 2001 when they bred on the Lizard Peninsular for the first time in more than 50 years. They can be seen nesting in the cliffs around Lizard Point.
 The Lizard

THE LIZARD with a spring low tide

 The Lions Den


On the night of the 19th February 1847, the roof of a sea cave below the Lizard Lighthose collapsed. The lighthouse keepers heard a rumble, the next morning the water was discoloured far out to sea by the fallen soil. Further along the coast at Cadgwith you will see the results of the same process of a collapsed sea cave in the form of Hugga Driggee or the Devils Frying Pan.
 Housel Bay


The bay lies between Bumble Rock beneath the Lizard Lighthouse to the west and Pen Ovler to the East. Fabulous views are available all along the footpath around the bay.
 Housel Bay Cove


The Housel Bay Cove may be reached from the coastal path, there are no facilities at the beach making it suitable for a walk rather than a swimming day out for families and children. The beach area is restricted at high tide.
 Bass Point


Between the Lizard Point and Bass Point you pass the Lizard Lighthouse, Housel Bay with a beautiful secluded beach at low tide, the Marconi Wireless Station (the oldest in the world) and the Lloyds Signal Station.
 The Lizard Lifeboat


As you follow the coast you come across the Kilcobben Cove Lifeboat Station before arriving at Church Cove (Lizard). Lizard Point has been a navigation marker for seafarers since prehistoric times and is mentioned as early as 250 BC. Countless ships and lives have been lost in its treacherous waters but in the last 150 years, many have also been saved by successive Lizard lifeboats.
 The Lizard Lifeboat


 Hugga Driggee


A five minute walk from Cadgwith to the spectacular collapsed sea cave known as Hugga Driggee or the Devil's Frying Pan. Don't rush by, take your time to look at the structure and to listen to the sea blowing through the arch at its 'handle' - especially on a stormy day. Just around the corner is the picturesque village of Cadgwith with its thatched cottages and small working cove where you can watch the fishermen winching their boats up the shingle beach.
 Carleon Cove


Now deserted, Carleon Cove used to operate a pilchard fishery until the mid 19th century. After the fishing industry closed down the fishery buildings were extended to accommodate a steam engine, used to power machinery for a serpentine factory. Above the cove is the deeply wooded Poltesco Valley.


Lankidden cliff castle lies on an impressive headland on the south Cornwall coast approximately one and a half kilometres east of Kennack Sands. At this point the natural serpentine of the Lizard area is cut by thick dyke (or sheet) of hard crystalline Gabbro which terminates in the rugged stack at Carrick Luz, whose name translated from the Cornish means grey rock.


Black Head is a superb viewpoint, and this fact is confirmed by the presence of a coastguard lookout hut. The view encompasses Coverack Bay, and the Fal estuary beyond, out to Nare Head and the Dodman.


The coastal path to the south of Coverack follows the line of Chynalls Cliff, a rugged coastal slope with craggy outcrops that falls away to the rocky foreshore below. A cliff castle is sited on Chynalls Point at a place where the underlying serpentine rock, reinforced by a series of basalt dykes, forms a jutting rocky promontory.


Just above the coastal path to the south of Coverack overlooking Chynalls Point, you will find some of Terence Coventry's sculptures sitting in a couple of fields overlooking the sea. The ever changing light reflected from the sea below provides a magical setting for the works of art, which include a bull, a horse, figures and birds. See the art page for more information.
 Lowland Point


At Lowland point one can discover a 2nd century AD saltworks, see the the infamous Manacles rocks, and search for iron ore washed up from the 1932 wreck of the Ocklinge. An information board at Lowland Point explains the fascinating geology of this Site of Special Scientific Interest.
 The Manacles


The Manacles are a set of treacherous rocks off The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall close to Porthoustock, which are a popular spot for diving due to the shipwrecks around them. The name derives from the Cornish (maen-eglos) for 'church rocks', the top of St Keverne church being visible from the area. The rocks extend about 1 nautical mile east and south east of Manacle Point. They consist of many submerged rocks and several groups of rocks that break the surface, although some only do so at low water.
  Gillan Creek


Gillan Creek is a small inlet lying just to the south of the much larger Helford River in Cornwall. Access by road is best through the village of Manaccan where Titanium was discoverd by William Gregor in 1791. During the Civil War a small fort was built by the Royalists on the nearby Dinas, this being the last place in Cornwall in which they held out, until finally surrendering to Sir Thomas Fairfax in March 1646.
  St Anthony

St. Anthony in Meneage

At the mouth of Gillan creek is the church of St. Anthony in Meneage, first mentioned in 1170. Gillan is also well known for its cockle beds and on Good Friday each year local people can be seen collecting these shellfish at low tide, a tradition called - trigging.


The Helford River is a delightful unspoilt estuary stretching from the outer edge of Falmouth Bay up to the old port of Gweek. In the broad lower reaches open fields run down to a rocky shore dotted with little beaches. On the north bank the beautiful valley gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah lead down to Durgan village. Where the river narrows, Helford on the south shore and Helford Passage on the north are still linked by a pedestrian ferry that has been in operation since the Middle Ages.
 Frenchmans Creek


The most romantic of Helford's many side creeks is Frenchman's Creek, made famous by author Daphne Du Maurier. Oakwoods line the valleys sided right down to the waters edge, the creek is difficult to photograph unless in a boat. A permissive path runs through National Trust Woodland along the east bank of the Creek, around to Pengwedhen Woods, and onto to Helford Point. The Shipwrights Arms in Helford Village is a nice place for a refreshment stop.
 Tremayne Quay


Tremayne Quay was built in 1846 to receive the royal yacht and a visit from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Unfortunately, bad weather caused the visit to be cancelled and as a consolation the Queen sent a marble bust of herself. Her great grandson, Edward, Duke of Windsor, favoured the quay with a belated royal visit in 1921. The walk down to the quay from the road is about a mile and a half and takes about forty minutes.

Parking is available at many locations around the coast

South West Coast Path

There are many cafes along the coast where you can stop for a snack

Move your mouse over the labels on the map below for information about the coastline.
 Poldu Beach Cafe


Poldhu Beach Cafe & Shop is located at Poldhu Cove near the picturesque village of Mullion in Cornwall. The cove itself is one of the largest beaches on the Lizard Peninsular. Poldhu is a popular beach with families, this is mainly because of the clean blue sea and stretch of golden sand. The cafe is located at the top of the beach amongst the sand dunes. The cafe is open all year round providing hot food, drinks, ice cream and more.
 Porth Mellin Cafe


Located in the spectacular Mullion Cove the Porth Mellin Cafe offers an ideal location for a refreshment stop on a visit to Mullion Cove or whilst walking along the spectacular coastline.
 Kynance Cove Cafe


Enjoy a refreshment stop at the Kynance Cove Cafe in splendid surroundings. Enjoy the beach on summer days or continue along the coast to the Lizard Point to the south or to the Rill and Gew Graze to the west.
 Polpeor Cafe


The most southerly cafe on the UK mainland, located out on the tip of Lizard Point, surrounded by the sea. Walks along the local coast include Lizard Head, Pistol Meadow and Housel Bay.
 The Old Cellars


Located in one of the cove's old pilchard cellars, where the fish would have been pressed, salted and packed. Ideal for a visit to Cadgwith and The Devils Fryingpan, follow the coast path north to Carleon Cove or south to the Lizard.
 The Old Cellars


Located next to and overlooking the southern beach at Kennack Sands. Ideal for a stop whilst visiting the beach or walking along the coast towards Carleon Cove to the south and Lankidden and Black Head to the north.
 The Old Cellars


Relax and enjoy the views over Coverack Bay.
Open all year,
Seasonal Menu with fresh produce
Close to the Harbour, enjoy the coast to the south past Chynalls Point to Black Head and Lankidden or the north towards Lowlands Point and the Manacles.
 The Riverside


Located in an old chapel on the outskirts of Helford village. Ideal for a visit to the Shipwrights Pub after walking around Frenchmans Creek.

And being on a Peninsula you are simply spoilt for choice. A stroll around the Helford River or Gillan Creek provides opportunities for quiet discovery, whilst the cliffs from Mullion to the Lizard offer dramatic views. Wherever you are the constant ebb and flow of the tide means that no two days are ever quite the same.

The Official Guide to the South West Coast Path

The official guide to the South West Coast Path may be found online at Local walks around the Mullion area are described on the site at the link Mullion Cove to Lizard Point and village.

You can visit out of season - see Cornwall in the winter