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The Lizard: The Peninsular Unknown

Lizard… where do I even begin. This place is wonderous! An unexpected gem situated at the southern tip of Cornwall, in Southern England. During my research for this trip I merely knew the more popular attractions of the Minack Theatre and other southern tip, Land’s End. I came across this place called the Lizard , and the images online were beautiful, but nothing quite clearly prepared me for the place in reality!

Walking along the coastline

Walking along the coastline

We arrived on a clear sunny(lucky) extremely blustery morning and started off our walk along the coastal part of this peninsular. Word has it that the place is called Lizard due to the rocks being composed of serpentinite. I am not a big fan of the animal itself.

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Our path took us inland too,across meandering small trails suitable for any hiker of any level. I was very envious of people who lived in the town and had this in their own backyard! Imagine morning or sunset walks!! I especially loved wandering inland for a bit, it took us away from the biting cold winds even in the spring of May, and gave us a chance to enjoy the greenery without having to flick our hair away from our faces every 5 seconds.

This particular stretch made me think of Lord of the Rings, of course it is not as magnificient as New Zealand, but perhaps it could pass off as the flatlands or grasslands of Rohan? 🙂 Nonetheless, I was a happy city girl stumbling along the grasses, loving the fresh air and nature in my surroundings for a change. Sometimes, cities and skyscrapers can be absolutely suffocating.

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Scraggly rocks and the sea

Scraggly rocks and the sea

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Can someone actually jump up and down for joy at the sight of such green?! I wished I was one of the many dogs for many a moment, able to run free and sniff the beautiful air, wrestling their bellies against the lush green grass and bushes.

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Another of my favourite pictures from the region, the stairways to heaven, I name it in my head. This was a stairway that we had wandered down earlier, travelling inland away from the coast. On our journey back, we climbed back up this particular flight and my face turned toward the sunlight, its rays flaying on the grass at the sides. The stairs paved the way to a higher place which crested the top of a hill and led us to the coast yet again.  It was like the breath of inland before entering the battle of the winds.

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Though it may not look it, the winds that morning were at least 50mph. It was still the best place in Cornwall and it ranked top amongst all our votes. Definitely recommend it to anyone who’s heading down to Cornwall! More of lizard photos on my photostream.

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