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The origin of the name "Lizard" is uncertain; it may derive from the Cornish "Lys Ardh"  meaning "high court"

or it may be the name given by sailors to whom the coastline resembled the shape of a lizard’s head.

The Lizard peninsula has many sites of outstanding beauty and interest, including Kynance Cove,

Gunwalloe Cove, Lizard Point (the most southerly point in England), Church Cove,

Loe Bar, Kennack Sands, Cadgwith Cove, Mullion Cove, Helford River and Gweek (seal sanctuary). 

The Lizard is also unique in terms of its geology; the rock formations at Coverack and Kennack

attract great interest whilst the world-famous Serpentine rock serves as a memento for many visitors.


The first trans-atlantic radio transmission was conducted by Guglielmo Marconi;

there is a visitor centre at Poldhu and the original radio station at Bass Point.

The cathedral city of Truro, the towns of Penzance, Falmouth, Porthleven and Praa Sands are

within easy reach as are Land's End (the most south-westerly point in England) and St Michael's Mount. 

a selection of some picturesque places on the Lizard peninsula :

The Lizard Peninsula

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