The Lizard is a peninsula in southern Cornwall, covering an area of around 23 km by 23 km (14 mi by 14 mi). The most southerly part of the British mainland, it is almost an island with sea on three sides and the River Helford, crossed by a small bridge, on the fourth.
It lies wholly within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is known for its geology, rare plants and endangered insects (for example, the narrow-headed ant). Many areas are therefore protected: there are three designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
It’s known as one of best places in England to see the chough, a bird now rare in this country; and unique plants such as the Cornish Heath, which is found nowhere else in Britain. As well as this, it has dramatic coastal scenery and beautiful ancient woodland to explore.
The beaches are also superb – in fact, Kynance Cove, 3.2 km (2 mi) north of Lizard village, is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.