A Lizard Lays in Cornwall England

You wouldn’t think that a reptile would cause too many shipwrecks, but The Lizard in Cornwall, England has seen many a ship come to grief upon its shores.

The Lizard is, in fact, a peninsular which just happens to form the southernmost point of the English mainland. Although it sounds reptilian, the name is a corruption of a Celtic phrase meaning ‘high court’, and, in a bit of a coincidence, Lizard is almost completely comprised of a type of rock called serpentinite.

The coastline around the Lizard can be quite ruthless and unpredictable, and it carries a reputation for being a graveyard for ships. There have been many shipwrecks along the Lizard coast, and one of maritime history’s most remarkable rescues took place there in 1907 when the 12,000 ton ship the SS Suevic hit the Maenheere Reef near Lizard Point.

Britain has a nautical rescue service called the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and on this occasion RNLI crews from the Lizard peninsular villages of Cadgwith, Coverack and Porthleven rowed for 16 hours, making numerous trips between the stricken ship and shore to rescue all 465 people, including 70 babies, that were aboard the wrecked ship.

The Lizard is a delightful place to visit, and is popular with many Britons and folk of other nationalities who like to holiday along the Cornwall coast.

Part of the reason is the climate, as the Lizard has one of the warmest climates in Britain, which allows many sub-tropical plants, that can’t be found anywhere else in Britain, to flourish along the Lizard.

There is no shortage of accommodation there, either.

Take your choice between quirky local hotels and pubs, interesting B&Bs, self-catering country cottages and camping. Depending on comfort requirements and budget, there is accommodation to suit your particular needs.

As you would expect of a lone peninsular which just out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Lizard is very picturesque and its coves and bays play host to a number of small towns and villages that are nearly always guarded from the unpredictable seas by stone walls.

There are some great walks and drives to experience, and other popular leisure activities include swimming, windsurfing and sailing, plus there is a superb gold course at Mullion.

Locally grown or caught produce is served at most of the pubs and restaurants in the region, but local seafood is a popular speciality, particularly as the seas are clean and the local waters have an abundance of marine life which help to keep the seafood both healthy and tasty.

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