Discover the beauty of Lizard Point in Cornwall, the most southerly part of Great Britain’s mainland.
This tour is for any photographer, whether you’re experienced or a novice. It’ll help you capture amazing landscapes and seascapes at inspiring locations along the Cornish coastline. This short walk along part of the South West Coast Path has a mixture of popular places and secret spots that include ruins, rocks and rough terrain. (So dress appropriately!)
Along the way you'll also pick up some practical tips including:
• Some of the best practices when it comes to shooting landscapes and seascapes
• The best time of the day or year to visit key locations
• Handy vantage points
• Compositional suggestions
• Advice for other genres, especially wildlife photography
This tour will help you maximise your time on location, whether you're scouting for a future trip or just seizing the moment. So grab your camera and let's go!
Lizard Lighthouse, old lifeboat station, Pistil Meadow
If travelling by road, head for the National Trust Lizard Lighthouse car park, which is pay and display unless you're a National Trust member.
Post code for satnav: TR12 7NT
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If travelling by public transport, catch the number 34 bus to Lizard village before walking south along The Square and Lighthouse Road for 0.6 miles / 1km (10-15 minutes) down to Lizard Lighthouse.
Places to stop along the way:
Polpeor Cove, Old Lizard Head, Venton Hill Point
Best time of day:
Late afternoon or early evening is the best time to visit depending upon the time of year. Sunsets over the sea can only be captured from here - and anywhere along the south coast of Cornwall - between mid-September and mid-March. Make sure you arrive at least an hour before golden hour to scout a good location and frame a composition. And allow 30 minutes to return to the National Trust car park from the furthest points of the route if you stay out after dusk.
Low tide allows you to explore the beach around the old lifeboat station and exposes the rocks of Polpeor Cove. Alternatively, high tide - especially when it's windy - provides incredible photo opportunities of waves crashing against the rocks.
Check tide times, especially if you want to explore the beach or rocks around the lifeboat station. If you do venture onto the beach, take extra care as the slipway and rocks can be very slippery. Sensible footwear - ideally walking boots or wellingtons - is essential if you don't want to fall over and damage your camera gear!
Stay away from cliff edges and be mindful of your footing when standing on rocky ledges or boulders, especially if you're preoccupied by the scene in your viewfinder. This is particularly important when wave-watching during rough weather or if shooting astrophotography - there are no lampposts here.
Be prepared for changeable weather and dress appropriately. It should take an hour to casually stroll along this route so take what you need to last that long. A map and compass are useful but aren't essential - this area is covered by the Ordnance Survey Explorer 103 map if you're interested. Be aware that mobile phone coverage is non-existent around the lifeboat station and patchy everywhere else.