The Lizard is a peninsula in the south of Cornwall – in fact, it is the southernmost part of the British Isles (and who of you duffers thought that was Land’s End)? A strange name, but nothing to do with looking like a reptile. Apparently it comes from Old Cornish Lys Ardh meaning high court (thanks Wikipedia).
Much of the coast is very rocky and it has been a graveyard for ships over the centuries. It was easy to see how the wreckers or smugglers had operated from the many small coves, each hidden from the next by steeply-rising cliffs. (Poldark fans may remember a shipwreck taking place in just such a cove. But we never saw anyone riding along the cliffs…)
So we travelled to the southernmost point down a very narrow road with high hedges and blind corners. Many Cornish roads are like this although I think this one was the worst we encountered, having to reverse a number of times when meeting oncoming traffic. We also had a great lunch at the Housel Bay Hotel, perched high and looking out over the sea.