The Lizard peninsula (12mi/19km south) is the most southerly point of Britain. The landscape of steep and rugged coasts, fishing villages and sandy bays, retains something of its ancient character, its beauty owed to the rocks of which it is formed. Green serpentine mixed in with gneiss and red granite, often clothed with gorse and heather, contributes to a delightful medley of color. For centuries the fisherfolk of the Lizard made a lucrative second living from the spoils of reef piracy, looting the many ships wrecked on the treacherous rocky shores. The first lighthouse on Lizard Point, the southern tip of the peninsula, was only constructed in 1752.
The village of Lizard is a popular seaside resort where the local green serpentine is always one of the favorite souvenirs. Spectacular natural scenery abounds along the 5mi/8km of sand and pebble beach at Porthleven Sands, and on the cliff path from Lizard Point to Kynance Cove (sandy beach) and Mullion Point.The village green in Lizard, the most southerly point of mainland Britain, has gift shops, cafes and inns surrounding it.
The parish church (15th-16th century) at Mullion is of interest, not only for its 13th century font and carved 16th century pews, but also for the dog flap in the south porch, which enabled the local sheep dogs to run in and out minding their flocks while their masters attended church.Mullion is also a popular tourist destination due to its location on the Lizard Peninsula and the prehistoric discoveries.
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