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Housel Bay & Bass Point from the Lizard

Cornwall AONB Walk

Region - Cornwall AONB

County/Area - Cornwall

Author - Parc an Grouse Bed & Breakfast

Length - 3.5 miles / 5.7 km    Ascent - 400 feet / 121 metres

Time - 2 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Housel Bay & Bass Point from the Lizard
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The Lizard Peninsula is England's most southerly point and not surprisingly it receives many visitors at peak times. A dramatic coastline with a tragic maritime history going back centuries, there is much of interest in this short walk and it should not be dismissed as being too easy!

Park in Lizard village (grid ref SW703125) and from the phone box by the bus stop in the village centre go to the left of the Top House pub taking the road which eventually becomes Penmenner Road. Across fields to your left can be seen the Lizard lighthouse and this is a convenient landmark for most of this walk. This road leads to a rough track (signed as a footpath) that descends to the sea. On reaching the coastal path turn left to pass behind the old lifeboat station that has been superseded by a new station seen later in the walk. You will then reach the café and buildings on the southernmost extremity of England.

Stay with the coastal path past the lighthouse. Shortly afterwards a short diversion to the right leads to the collapsed cave known as the Lion's Den. Return to the main path and descend steps to cross a footbridge at Housel Bay. This is a splendid location and one of the highlights of the walk. Further steps on the opposite side take you back to the cliff top. Turn right past the Housel Bay Hotel. After passing the Lloyds Signal station, now a National Trust property, you stay on the South West Coastal Path to arrive at Bass Point with its coastguard point.

Shortly after the cottages adjacent to the coastguard point the coastal path bears right and continues past the new lifeboat station to descend to Church Cove. Turn left up the road past thatched cottages to pass St Wynwallow Church - the most southerly place of worship in Britain. Stay on this road, which takes you back into the centre of Lizard village.

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Walk 1778 Maenporth and Helford Passage Circulareasy/mod8.0 miles
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Walk 2088 Rosemullion Head & Mawnan easy4.0 miles
Walk 2208 Marazion - a town strolleasy1.0 miles
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