When the UK emerges from lockdown it will experience a period of time before people will be confident about flying again.  This is due to the continued need to practice social distancing.  But it does not mean abandoning the idea of a holiday.  It just means looking closer to home and England has plenty to offer, for example, the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.

The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwell, South West England

The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwell, South West England has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  A title that perfectly describes this lovely area.  In spring and summer, a riot of colourful wild flowers carpets the cliff tops and fringes the narrow lanes.  It is the place from which Marconi sent the first wireless communication across the Atlantic in 1901.  A fact commemorated by a memorial and a small museum.  Visitors can easily access the South West Coast Path that snakes around the cliff tops of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.  It passes sheltered sandy coves and quaint villages.  Mullion is one of them.

The path to Podhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

The path to Podhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall Credit: Valery Collins

Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall

Mullion Cove on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Porthmellin on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall Credit: Valery Collins

Mullion  is the best place to be based on the peninsula.  The centre of this traditional Cornish village features a variety of local shops, restaurants and the highly recommended Ann’s Pasty shop selling the world famous Cornish pasty.  Nearby, the historic Mullion Cove or Porthmellin is home to the delightfully old-fashioned Porthmellin Tea Rooms whose fresh crab sandwiches are truly scrumptious.  It is on the South West Coast Path with interesting walks in both directions.  Poldhu Cove featuring a variety of water sports in one direction and the Lizard Lighthouse on Lizard Point in the other.  A regular local bus operates around the peninsula for non-walkers.

The Pollurian, a Hotel on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall

The Polurrian above Polurrian Cove on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

The Polurrian above Polurrian Cove on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall Credit: Valery Collins

The Polurrian stands proudly on the cliff tops above the secluded Polurrian Cove just a few minutes’ walk from centre of Mullion.  It offers well-appointed, comfortable bedrooms in the main building and self-catering villas and a cottage close by.  There is a leisure centre with a swimming pool so it is ideal for families as well as walkers.  The hotel offers fine casual dining in its restaurant.  The menu includes a variety of interesting dishes are cooked on a wood-fired oven using local ingredients.  There is a large outdoor patio where guests can linger on a sunny after over a delicious Cornish cream tea – enjoying one of the best views in England.

Article by Valery Collins the Experienced Traveller

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