With summer in the air we went in search of cool breezes, singing insects and glistening waters. We eagerly pedalled along a tiny road stretched along the Lizard peninsula. After our visit to the Clay trails and the Eden Project the Boyfriend and I had continued further down the coast of Cornwall in search of the quintessential British summer. The summer where you can run bare foot through golden sand, eat ice-cream and explore rocky caves looking for undiscovered pirate treasure!
Our journey had led us to the Lizard peninsula, a part of England that is certainly worth visiting. It is wild, windswept and truly stunning! We were keen to check out Britain’s most southerly point – Lizard point and it’s lighthouse – with the exception of the Scilly isles. Almost all the Lizard Peninsula is made up of soft, colourful Serpentine stone. A unique metamorphic rock with lovely greens, red, yellow and white lines running though it. We admired the snake-skin appearance of the polished serpentine rock on display in the gift shops as we cycled through Lizard village with its quirky cottages and cosy pubs, towards the point.
The coastal wind was on our backs as we happily pedalled down the narrow road to the point. The road came to an abrupt end and we were greeted by the mighty lighthouse and also surprised to find England’s most southerly cafe.
A place that treated us to delicious cream tea accompanied with freshly baked scones – A real Cornish treat! As we relaxed and breathed in the beauty of the rugged coastline below the blue sky shone down on us making us feel lazy.
After our tasty treats we forced ourselves to follow the sloping path down to the old Lifeboat station below. It stood on the edge of the rocks with the waves crashing up against its aged panels, spraying us with salty air. It was fun to explore the area before heading back up the path to our bicycles.
The coastline continued to take us around its tiny paths as we pedalled slowly taking in the crisp sea air. At times we got a bit lost or came to a dead-end, but it didn’t matter as the views of the cliff edges and deep blue sea surrounding us made it all worth while. A winding road lead us to a wooden gate hiding a walking path. The path twisted around the coast taking us to Kynance cove. With tiny sections of golden sand, rocky inclines stretching up to a patchwork of grasses above and the sun reflecting off the blue waters Kynance Cove appeared to be a magical place – a little piece of paradise.
It was busy in paradise with colourful swimming costumes dotting the scene. People enjoyed the small rolling waves or were stretched out on their beach towels loving the sunshine. Children were busy with plastic spades digging in the sand and I wondered if treasure had ever been found here? We happily basked on a cliff edge capturing summer with an ice cream in hand enjoying the moment.
That afternoon as we departed the wild coastline and pedalled back to our accommodation it made me realise that we had found summer! We had seen the golden sands and eaten the ice-cream. The only thing missing was that we hadn’t unearthed any pirate treasure – but it didn’t matter as we had discovered the beautiful Lizard Peninsula a true treasure in itself.