If you’ve ever visited Cornwall, UK you may know that ‘The Lizard’ is the name of the peninsula in southern Cornwall, UK, with Lizard Point being near the most southernly point of the British mainland. Whilst down there over Easter, we did some beautiful walking Jon and I, along with Jon’s mum, dad and their dog, Gordon and of course our two furry friends, Rosie and Millie. We filled our trusty backpacks with a few bits and bobs, including some lovely freshly made Cornish Pasties and headed out for a good ramble.
It was a short drive from where we were staying to Church Cove, Lizard where we parked. We started to meander up a country track and were soon on high ground over looking some beautiful countryside where we could see the coast in the distance.
We soon came across a beautiful little church called St Grada & Holy Cross with parts of the church dating back to the thirteenth century and the tower dating around 1400. For us, with the weather turning a little wet, this beautiful historic building set in rural Cornwall, provided a welcome little rest place for us to enjoy our pasties, whilst soaking up the history around us.
Brushing off the crumbs, we carried on walking along stunning public footpaths and country lanes, climbed over many stiles and enjoyed the abundance of wild flowers, trees which were starting to burst into life and fresh country smells.
At the end of one beautiful country track we seemed to pop out onto a quiet road where to our left was a cute little bread stall with an honesty box. It had artisan breads, which judging by the amazing smells, you knew had been baked that morning along with a few different buns. The honesty box finished off the whole wonderful character of this lovely find and we just couldn’t pass without dropping the correct money into the box for a sourdough boule and some homemade apricot flapjacks. Into the backpack they went to be enjoyed later.
We were now heading towards Cadgwith, a little fishing village dating back to the 16th century when it first started to become inhabited. Fishing has always seemed to be its main economy up until the 1950’s and although fishing still is important today, it is tourism which is its main source of income.
As we meandered downhill across a field, the village began to pop into view with the sea in the distance. The shape of the cove became obvious as I was fascinated by the huddle of houses which seemed to hug the coves’ shape.
Getting nearer we noticed a lot of the houses had thatched roofs. I’ve always loved the look of a thatched roof, to me it makes a house look so much more……well, cute and cottagy? (I know that’s not a real word).
Walking further into this beautiful, quiet little village we began seeing the signs that fishing was indeed an important part of the peoples lives here.
Fishing equipment was everywhere, but none of it looked out of place, it’s obviously what makes Cadgwith the lovely holiday destination that it is.
Not sure why, but blue seems to be a theme here. You may notice quite a lot of the doors and windows of the houses on the previous photos are blue and I have to say, I’ve never seen a blue church before!
I wanted to know a little more about this little church, which is situated on the path as you walk down into Cadgwith, here’s what I found…
“On the path is St Mary’s Church, a tiny metal building erected in 1895 as a chapel of St Rumon’s church in Ruan Minor. Inside the church, which is usually open, is a memorial to a pair of local fishermen lost at sea in 1994”
As we walked down into the village we were drawn to all the boats, which were lovely to see and again, even though they were on the road and all over the cove, they looked gorgeous. So colourful and obviously what draws so many tourists to this popular, picturesque place.
The film Ladies in Lavender (2004), starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith was set in Cadgwith.
After a wander around the boats we had the offerings of an ice-cream parlour and a little hut which sold crab meat and other seafood delights along the main street, but we found a lovely little pub which drew us in, of course to ‘wet our whistle’s’ as they say 😉
There was a cheeky little chappy on the next table who, for some reason couldn’t stop staring at us. I guess he was wondering if we were going to order food. He would be sadly disappointed as we were still full from our pasties. He was Very cheeky though and obviously quite used to people taking photo’s of him as he stayed and posed!
We were now to take the coastal route back and it was quite a climb up out of Cadgwith, but although a steep climb, we were blessed with the views.
We were to take the coastal path around Inglewidden where we’d see The Devils Frying Pan, a huge hole which has been caused by erosion and the relentless power of the elements.
When looking over the cliff edge to view this abyss you couldn’t help but feel that you wouldn’t have much of a chance if you were unfortunate enough to get stuck in there. The photo’s don’t do it justice, because you can’t hear or see the force of the water bashing around the rocks, it’s quite loud.
From then on we walked along more of the stunning coastal path, the views never ceased to amaze me and the sea wind only made it even more invigorating. It’s a coast which is both rugged and beautiful with far reaching blue/green sea out into the distance.
We came across a large red and white marker, I later found out that it’s called the Balk Beacon and is a daytime navigation aid for ships to avoid the Vrogue Rock below it. It was erected in 1859 and restored in 2002 by the National Trust. Somehow, the lines painted on the marker line up to show where the rock is. (I guess you have to be a sailor to understand how that would work).
A good walk along more stunning coastal path until we were again nearing Church Cove and back to the car. Another beautiful thatched cottage with a cute little thatched cat on top of the porch caught my eye.
This has been one of many coastal walks for us in Cornwall and one I totally recommend.
I hope you’ve enjoyed walking with me 😀
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