Walking Kynance Cove to Landewednack Church Cove
Distance 4.4 miles (7.0 km).
Grid reference SW685133 to SW715126.
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For this walk you can choose your start point. Purists will want to start at Kynance Cove and walk around the southern tip of Cornwall to Landewednack Church Cove, others may wish to use the large free car park, walk to Kynance via inland footpaths before starting their walk proper at Kynance. We chose to park at Lizard Village and walk to Kynance Cove following Walk 13 in the 'Classic Walks Cornwall Book 2'.
Walk towards the toilets and then bear right to pick up the public footpath to Kynance Cove. Continue along the tarmac road until it becomes a wide track by some houses. Take the right fork as signed and proceed along the path - actually on top of a 'double hedge'. After about 10 minutes, drop down through bushes into a small glade. Maintain your north-westerly route to Kynance climbing gradually at first, then crossing some stiles. Head for the large white building. Join the Kynance road and pass 'Carn Goon' bungalow after about 15 minutes. Now simply proceed down the road through the NT car park [Tel. (01326) 561407 Fax. (01326) 562882].
From your car in the car park on Lizard Green, walk towards the toilets and then bear right to pick up the public footpath marked Kynance Cove. At the end of the short row of houses, follow the path indicated left down towards Caerthillian Cove. After walking downhill for a short period the path begins to level out as it passes a gate and meets the sea at Caerthillian Cove, - grid reference SW694125. Drop down the slope carefully almost to sea level before crossing the small stream and climbing back up away from the cove. For more on the geology of the area please click here. Pass the Crane Ledges and Holseer Cove walking on much more level ground now. Look over your right shoulder here for some fine views back to Kynance Cove and Rill Point.
Pass the sign marked Caerthillian Cove and Old Lizard Head, rounding the point to see the Lizard Lighthouse for the first time. Now about 30 minutes into your walk descend down into the NT area of Pistill Meadow. Look below to see the Old Lifeboat Station and slipway as you climb up towards the lighthouse. Take 5 minutes out here to walk down pass the cafés to Lizard Point - and if the urge takes you down the ramp to the Old Lifeboat Station at Polpeor Cove. Note the poster proclaiming that you are at the 'Most Southerly Point' of the British mainland at Lat. 49° 57' N, Long. 5° 12' W, grid reference SW700115.
Rejoin the coast path once more passing immediately below the lighthouse. Lizard Lighthouse first became operational on 22nd August 1752 and has just had its 250th Anniversary. The lighthouse was coal fired at first, followed by paraffin, then it became the first in the country to be powered by electricity. The light from the lighthouse is visible some 26 miles (42 km) out to sea, and it is believed that in one year almost 1/3rd of the world's shipping passes by! The structure was manned continuously for over 240 years until it was finally automated in April 1998. Currently the Lizard Lighthouse acts as a GPS station and receives over 25,000 visitors a year...Why not take a look yourselves if you are in the area? About 100 metres further on, look to the right to see a small sign warning about the crumbling nature of the cliffs and that you are just above the 'Lion's Den' - a chasm formed in 1842 by the collapse of the roof of a large sea cave. Visit this with care if you wish, grid reference SW706115. Rejoin the coast path once more heading for the large white cube-shaped building of the Lloyd's Signal Station on Bass Point. This was built in 1872 as a 'Visual Signaling Telegraph Office' for mariners and semaphore flags used to adorn its roof. It was subsequently purchased by Lloyd's and as far as I am aware is currently privately owned. Walk down the steps towards Housel Cove before climbing by steps once more to meet the Housel Bay Hotel. Stop at the seat here for a picnic lunch or a short rest, looking across Housel Bay to the lighthouse and the large circular chasm of the Lion's Den on the cliffs opposite. The feature stands out best on a sunny day. Look down into the bay to see the upright rock known as Bumble Rock.
Refreshed, continue along over Pedn Olva - grid reference SW713117 and on towards Bass Point (NT). The brown huts here are the Lizard Wireless Station and few passers-by realise that they are actually the oldest surviving wireless station in the world. A signal sent from the Isle of Wight almost 200 miles away was received here on 23 January 1901 by Guglielmo Marconi. This signal was the fore-runner to the historic Transatlantic signal sent from Poldhu Cove on the 12th of December of that year. Now about 2 hours into your walk, the cliffs between Kennack Sands and Black Head come into view as you pass in front of the Coastwatch Lookout. It suddenly dawns on you that you are indeed on the EAST coast of the Lizard - no more looking out to sea, just ahead at future challenges! Head north now passing the small offshore rock known as Pyg and continue over Hot Point. Look below to Prilla Cove with its crab like arm on the far side. After another 5 or 10 minutes you pass the (New) Lifeboat Station at Kilcobben Cove. The Lizard Lifeboat, the David Robinson, covers Cadgwith and Lizard Point from this centrally placed cove. Walk around the back of the buildings and down the steps to join the coast path once more. It is now a gentle 5 minute walk down into Church Cove. Those wishing to return to their car need simply to follow the road up past the thatched cottages and Landewednack Church Cove, through Cross Common to Lizard Green and their vehicle - a further 15 minute walk.
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