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Updated: Oct 18, 2021

We took a tour of just a few of the beaches the Lizard has to offer the other day...come and join us as we re-live one of our favourite things to do...

Explore Mullion Cove from Glebe Hall Holiday Cottages
Mullion Cove

1. Mullion Cove

Accessed through a cave tunnel! It certainly kicks the adventure off on the right note though, pretending to be smugglers and making it through to a nigh deserted beach.

Tip: Check the tide times before you do this one, the beach is only accessible at lower tide.

2. Kynance Cove

A short walk takes you down a valley until this awesome view unfolds in front of you. The colour of the water is breathtaking. We stopped at the cafe for a delicious iced coffee.

Tip: Arrive early! The (National Trust) car park is usually full by 11 ish in summer.

2. Pentreath

This one is not for the feint hearted! Leave the car at Kynance Cove car park and take the South West Coast Path along, it's a great walk. But heading down to the beach involves scrabbling down an almost completely eroded path, we sustained injuries! Because of this difficult access though this massive stretch of sandy beach and it's great surf will be almost entirely yours, a rarity especially in the height of summer.

Tip: *for safety reasons we would not recommend for anyone* Probably our favourite new beach though!

3. Church Cove

The Lizard Church Cove as opposed to Gunwalloe! A sweet little cove, great for a picnic and a swim.

Tip: Park at the Church car park

4. Kennack Sands

Cafe, Surf School, Sandy Beach.... everything you need for a great beach day.

5. Coverack

We took a walk around to the right of the bay, checking out the little shops along the way, watching the paddle boarders. The view from The Old Lifeboat House restaurant was pretty stunning.

Tip: Great food served at the Paris Hotel, grab a table in their beer garden - great views!

6. Flushing & Gillan

We walked down to the pretty little beach of Flushing on the Helford River and then walked to the right along the South West Coast Path to Gillan. Mostly locals visit these quiet spots, so picturesque we had a picnic dinner watching the boats and the sun sparkle over the water.

Tip: Park the car somewhere safe at the side of the road before you go down to Flushing (there is nowhere to park there and it is a dead end).

7. Poldhu & Church Cove (Gunwalloe)

To end the day we headed to Poldhu for a swim and a hot chocolate at the fantastic Poldhu Beach Cafe. Then we walked the coast path over to the next cove, Church Cove to look at the beautiful 'Church of the Storms'.

Tip: If you want to walk a bit further then you could keep going to the Halzephron Inn and have a sundowner before heading back to Poldhu

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Updated: Jul 20, 2019

On 27 - 29 September the South West Outdoor Festival is coming to us! Located at Penrose, a 10 minute drive from Glebe Hall it promises a weekend of outdoor adventure and entertainment.

South West Outdoor Festival Trail Races

Our favourite race organisers, Freedom Racing, will be putting on a range of trail races across the weekend that we will definitely be participating in. They are so friendly and fun. Distances include; 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, 5k Night Run and 5k Canicross event (running with your dog). Get booking now!

South West Outdoor Festival Mountain Biking Challenges

Hit the tracks, trails and bridleways of this stunning coast path. More information:

South West Outdoor Festival Water Sports

This is the perfect area for water sports. Even when the festival isn't on there are plenty of places to try out a range of activities a short drive from Glebe Hall. Just to name a few:


Porthkerris Divers:

Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Windsurfing & Kyacking at Coverack Windsurfing Centre:

Coasteering, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, survival skills & rock climbing:

Sea kyacking, Surfski & paddleboarding will be part of the South West Outdoor Festival. For more information visit:

The weekend will also include:

Family Adventure Sessions

Guided walks

Bike skills

Orienteering & bushcraft


Barefoot challenge


Disc golf




Live music

All on your doorstep!

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Glebe Hall Holiday Cottages are an easy 30 minute drive from Falmouth. Mawgan provides a peaceful rural retreat and base to explore the beaches of the Lizard whilst being able to travel into Falmouth easily.
It's not far to Falmouth

We have lots of guests stay with us who are family members of students studying at the University of Falmouth. Glebe Hall, Mawgan, and it's holiday cottages are an easy 30 minute drive from Falmouth and make the perfect rural escape to turn a visit or special occasion into a relaxing memorable holiday.

We often venture into Falmouth for day trips, a bit of shopping or an evening out so we thought we'd jot down a few of our favourite Falmouth finds so far, we're sure the students of Falmouth University would agree!

Pendennis Castle

A great day out! Situated on Pendennis point we parked up and walked through the imposing entrance of this coastal fortress of Henry VIII's. There's a Tudor Keep, grounds to walk around, a WW1 exhibition, restored Victorian and WW2 underground defences to explore, plus guard house and cells - brings history to life.


A South African themed restaurant with lovely staff, fantastic food and drinks, and fun decor. We ordered most of the nibbles, a different starter each, different main courses and dessert - it was all delicious!

Good Vibes Cafe

We first found this cafe on Instagram and the food looked so delicious we had to go and seek it out. We were not disappointed. Healthy ingredients, although there are lots of yummy cakes if you feel more like a treat, we had lunch but it's also the perfect coffee and cake stop. I'm sure it's equally as popular with students of the University of Falmouth and local families.

West African Stew at Good Vibes Cafe Falmouth. Peanut, Sweet potato, chickpea & peas. Popular with students of the University of Falmouth and locals.
West African Stew at Good Vibes Cafe

Maritime Museum

The current Titanic Stories exhibition is great. A fascinating topic and they've packed the exhibition with loads of interesting stories and objects. I particularly enjoyed the stories it told of local people. There was also a great pirate performance for kids when we were there, and of course loads of different boats to see.

At the Tidal Zone and Lookout Tower you can see under water and a Panorama of Falmouth respectively.

You pay once and can return as many times as you like all year, so if your back and forth to visit a student at the University of Falmouth, or just decide to holiday in Cornwall more, this is a great bonus!

The Chintz Bar

A quirky bar with board games and nik naks packed to the rafters. We had espresso martinis and margarita's. Fantastic furniture, we hid from a rainy early evening in there and it was so delightful we had to drag ourselves away! A popular one with the students of the University of Falmouth, although they were clearly studying when we visited on a Monday evening!

Oyster Festival

Even if you don't like oysters this is a great event. Lots of food trucks with yummy goodies, stalls with local produce, live cookings shows and music, all under cover...and OYSTERS! Galore! The perfect celebration of the start of the oyster season.

Park & Float

To avoid busy car parks, or just because it's a lovely way to travel, you can do Park & Float. We parked at their large car park at Penryn then hopped on a ferry over to Falmouth Harbour. Tide times dictate the running of the ferry but don't fear getting stranded, they provide a bus which we took back on our return journey. A great way to travel, loved seeing all the other boats on the river.

The view of boats passed on the river whilst taking the park and float from Penryn to Falmouth
Park & Float

Gyllyngvase Beach

One of four beaches in/around Falmouth. Beautiful and a great place for a stroll or to spend the day with the family. I always think the students of Falmouth University are so lucky to have this place to blow the cobwebs away come exam time.

Imagine being a student at University and having this on your doorstep! Falmouth's beautiful Gyllyngvase Beach
Gyllyngvase Beach


If you like running and your visit ties in with one of these races in Falmouth then it's a great way to see the town and achieve something fantastic at the same time. I've only done the 5 mile race (and loved it) but there is also a Half Marathon to tempt you!

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