The Lizard Peninsula is the most southerly point of the British Isles and is surrounded by rough seas and treacherous reef, making it a fearful shipping route. It is thought that more people have lost their lives sailing around this part of the Cornish coast than any other.
Despite this gruesome fact the Lizard Peninsula really is one of the most beautiful parts of the region and has long inspired artists and writers. It is pleasantly under-developed, to this day. Taking its name from the Celtic phrase 'Lys ardh' meaning 'high point' it is a spectacular mix of soaring cliffs, rugged coastline, sleepy villages and spartan hamlets.
The largest village is Mullion near Mullion Cove with its famous smuggling heritage. The village is home to the 13th century church of St Mellanus, which is renowned for its richly carved oak bench-ends depicting biblical scenes. The village also has cafes, restaurants and lovely art galleries and craft.
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