Today, unlike yesterday promised to be a sunny day. We decided to make the most of it by visiting the Lizard peninsula – the southernmost part of the UK. We wondered about the word Lizard, but it is derived from the old Cornish lys (“court”) and ardh (“high”).
Our first stop was Lizard Point to see the lighthouse (sadly not yet open for visitors). Here we got a hint of the dramatic coastline we would see later. There was much interesting vegetation here. The Lizard lighthouse has the largest lighthouse complex in the world, but the lighthouse itself is a little underwhelming. There was also a huge foghorn.
Close by was Kynance Cove, also owned by the National Trust (free parking, yeah!). This features a really dramatic but surely treacherous coastline. We did an invigorating walk over the cliffs to fully appreciate the views.
We headed over to Coverrack and the coast on the eastern side of the peninsula. We drove many miles along farm lanes fringed with hedgerows filled with wildflowers in pink, blue and white. These lanes are very narrow – barely wide enough for our car. We had traversed other such lanes yesterday, but not this narrow. An interesting experience for sure, and character-building.
Our last stop was Falmouth, allegedly second only to Sydney in the size of its natural deep water harbour. Despite being a popular tourist destination it did not come across as blatantly touristy as it is a working port and university town. We took a long stroll to take in the Georgian and Victorian houses painted in candy colours. Along the way we talked to some elderly residents doing some work in the front garden. We admired their topiary but were told that it was a pale imitation of its former self, having been vandalised by drunken students. Apparently there are over 5,000 students in a town of 20,000 and they want to increase that number to 9,000. We had to commiserate.
This was one of the most enjoyable days we’ve had.