More treasure lies underfoot on The Lizard: serpentine.

This unique rock – lizardite – is worked in the most beautiful ways on The Lizard, creating a very English ‘marble’.

Around the Lizard are delightful fishing villages like Coverack and Mullion, and coves, in the care of the National Trust, like Kynance which give all too rich an impression of the dangerous seas of the peninsula.

Prussia Cove, resplendent in its wild beauty, is even named after a shipwreck.

Trying to save ships from the rocky coast for more than 250 years has been the Lizard Lighthouse, which you can visit.

You can climb to the top to come face to face with the lens and see breathtaking views. With the help of the National Lottery, the Lighthouse Engine Room has been developed into an interactive learning centre.

It seems unlikely that so remote a peninsula would be a centre for pioneering technology, but it is. Titanium was discovered here in 1791 by a country vicar and Marconi, associated with the West coast too, worked here.

The Lizard Wireless Station is the oldest Marconi station to survive in its original state, and is located to the west of the Lloyds Signal Station in what appears to be a wooden hut, cared for by the National Trust.

View across the Fal Estuary from Trelissick, Cornwall. Photo courtesy of National Trust.

Helston Flora Day

Things to see and do in South Cornwall Visit Truro Cathedral, the last cathedral to be built in Britain, and buy a slate to support the restoration of the roof.

The Hall for Cornwall in Truro is the county’s flagship arts destination.

Open on selected dates, Godolphin House, near Helston, was one of the most fashionable houses in Cornwall in the 17th century. You can soak up the atmosphere of peace and antiquity as you explore this romantic home. The famous discount store Trago Mills has a branch in the centre of Falmouth.

Pendennis Castle in Falmouth was built to protect the natural harbour of the Carrick Roads and is run by English Heritage. It often stages living history recreations.

Trebah Gardens, near Mawnan Smith, has loads to explore and is home to rare sub-tropical species, a children’s play area – and its own private beach. Tregothnan, at St Michael Penkivel near Truro, is the estate that’s growing England’s only home-produced tea. Caerhays Castle, near the charming seaside village of Gorran Haven, is home to the National Collection of Magnolias. Make sure to time your visit to the Cornish Seal sanctuary at Gweek to tie in with feeding time. At the Poldark Mine, near Wendron, you can follow in the footsteps of Cornwall’s miners and venture underground in search of minerals.

Helston Museum has a wide range of artefacts covering Cornish life, including such exhibits as cookers and washing machines from the 1950s. Take a walk to the beautiful coves of the Lizard, like Kynance and Prussia.

The Lizard Lighthouse: you can climb to the late and there are plenty of interactive exhibits. The old lighthouse-keeper’s cottages are run as holiday accommodation so you could even stay there, but beware the noise on a foggy night when the foghorn sounds! Mawgan Porth offers a stunning location for a day at the beach.

36 Cornish Visitor Guide - Spring 2017

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