Down on the Lizard peninsula you’ll find Coverack, a small fishing village that has managed to withstand the touch of time. It is without a doubt one of the most charming villages in Cornwall, and one I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve only visited a handful of times.
Walking down the hill that leads to the village, the sea is the first thing that greets you. The large expanse of sparkling water is certainly inviting. Although mostly rocky, the little beach has areas of light sand. The clear sea and little rocky outcrops are the perfect place for snorkelling and rock pooling. Just off the coast are The Manacles, a large granite reef that has claimed many ship, and is a well known Cornish dive site, home to wrecks and a rich marine wildlife.
Thatched cottages line the road from the beach to the harbour. Bright pink flowers and leafy green plants stand bold against the whitewashed walls. The small harbour peeks out from behind the buildings as you make your way down the road.
Grabbing take away chips from The Lifeboat House, a little restaurant in a converted lifeboat station, we sat on the harbour wall, taking in the sun and watching the local children jumping into the harbour and swimming amongst the brightly coloured boats.
The South West Coast Path incorporates the village on it’s journey around Cornwall. From Coverack you can join the path heading towards the Helford or you can continue down to the Lizard. I’ll save the the walks for another day, but this little village is definitely the perfect start or end to any coast path stroll.