9th January, 2024

Helston & The Lizard – visit by train and bus

Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula has some of the most beautiful scenery in the county. Discover its great local food, sandy beaches and rugged coastline by train and onward bus.


How to get there

Sit back and relax on the train as you pass over the Royal Albert Bridge into Cornwall. Hop off the train at Redruth and onto the connecting 34 bus right opposite the railway station.

Helston

Jumping off the bus, we kicked things off in Helston where we enjoyed a delicious brunch at CAST cafe. We were even lucky enough to sit out on their lovely sundeck. Then we headed over to The Blue Anchor Inn to try out their famous Spingo Beer brewed in-house. Next, we took a short walk down to Helston’s very own boating lake dating back to 1921. You can hire bikes, take a stroll around the lake or hire a pedalo like we did.

Cadgwith Cove

Our next stop was at Cadgwith Cove, a small fishing village that feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Just a short downhill walk after getting off the bus, we headed straight to the beach for a swim and watched as fishermen worked to bring in their daily catch. At the heart of the village is The Cadgwith Cove Inn. It’s not only a great place to get lunch or dinner but also the perfect spot for us to stay overnight.

Lizard village and Lizard Point

Hopping off the bus right in the centre of Lizard village, we explored the shops and stopped in at Annes Pasties, widely considered to be one of the best in the area. We then set off on a short walk down to Lizard Point to do some seal-watching and have a browse of the Art on Point gallery.

Kynance Cove

Famous for its white sand, turquoise sea and rock stacks, Kynance Cove is one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. We set off from Lizard Point along the South West Coast Path. The picturesque walk is roughly 2 miles each way. Once we arrived, we stopped off at the Kynance Cove Beach Cafe for a coffee and homemade cake. We enjoyed a walk along the beach before setting off back to Lizard Point to catch the bus back to Redruth.

Getting there by train & bus

The train

There are trains every half hour through most of the day between Plymouth and Redruth (Monday-Saturday, less frequent on Sundays). It takes just 1 hour 30 minutes.

The bus

Head out of Redruth station and turn left down the hill to the bus stop for the 34 service (buses run hourly Monday-Saturday, every two hours on Sundays). Hop off at Helston, Cadgwith Cove and Lizard Village as we did, or explore other amazing locations that are easily accessible from the bus such as Poldhu Cove and Mullion.

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