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Mullion & Mullion Cove

Mullion and Mullion Cove are only a mile apart and are found 6 miles south of Helston on the B3296.Mullion Cove consists in the main of a picturesque battered harbour and a few cottages and houses with a small beach.  Home to the few fishermen who catch crabs, lobsters and crawfish.  The land surrounding the harbour and Mullion Island, found just off the mainland is owned by the National Trust.  The island is home to colonies of sea birds including fulmars, guillemots and kittiwakes.

There are fine views across Mounts Bay to Penzance and Newlyn.

There is also a Mullion Cove Gala day held at the beginning of August with beach games, boat trips, local bands, swimming events, stalls, entertainment etc.

Just a mile inland is the village of Mullion, an extremely picturesque little village and the largest population on the Lizard Peninsula.  There are several guest houses in Mullion which cater for the many visitors to the area, it is an ideal base from which to explore this remarkable part of Cornwall.  There are also a variety of shops, inns, cafes, restaurants, craft shops and art galleries.

The local church, St Mallenus Parish Church dates from the 13th century.  It has some interesting carved bench ends – one depicts Jonah in the belly of a whale.

Just inland is the remains of Wheal Unity copper mine.  This closed in 1919.  A large boulder containing copper was dug out and donated to the Natural History Museum in London.
Beaches

The whole area abounds with excellent beaches, those local to Mullion include:

Mullion Cove: A small sandy beach, it has two car parks, very sheltered.  Toilets.  Dogs permitted.

Polurrian Cove  -  approachable via a pleasant walk along the coastal path is just a mile away from Mullion Cove.  The beach is quite large with excellent sand quality.  It is quite popular with surfers.

There are no parking facilities, no toilets, dogs are banned from Easter to October 1st.

Poldhu Cove: A large sandy cove backed by sand dunes and quite popular.

Access through Mullion village.

Small car park on the beach

Toilets: Yes

Facilities: Small shop

Dogs: Banned from Easter to Oct 1st.

On the cliffs above this beach in December 1901 Marconi conducted his famous experiment in trans Atlantic radio communications.

Gunwalloe Beach: A lovely sandy beach with a stream running through it, ideal for families.

Large National Trust car park above it.

Facilities: Small café/toilets/lifeguard in the summer

Dogs: Banned from Easter to Oct 1st.

Dollar Cove: The rock formations here are of special interest, with contorted cliffs representing 1000’s of years of tectonic movement.  The beach is small consisting of sand and rocks, at high tide the sand is covered leaving only course shingle and large boulders.  A very interesting beach to visit at low tide with many nooks and crannies – be careful of the rising tide.  Its name comes from the shipwreck of a Spanish Galleon in the late 17th century carrying silver dollars

Kynance Cove: Just 4 miles from Mullion, a pleasant sandy beach at low tide.

National Trust car park

Toilets: Yes

Facilities:  Café

Dogs:  Banned

There are some remarkable cliff top walks from Kynance Cove leading into Lizard village.

Mullion Golf Course: Included in the top 10 golf courses in the UK – (The Independent, Aug. 2002).  The most southerly in England with beautiful scenery to match.

Visitors are welcome:  Handicap required with certificate.

There is an excellent Mullion to Lizard walk.

Starting at Poldhu car park

Walk across thebeach and take the steep path going past the Poldhu Nursing Home

The walk then takes you past Mullion cove, thorugh Predannack downs, past Soap Cove, Kynance Cove and into the Lizard.

There are regular buses for the return journey.
Accommodation in Mullion

The accommodation in Mullion is quite concentrated in and around the village.

In the main these consist of:

Mullion guesthouses  -  these are often quite large houses converted into guesthouses.

Mullion self catering  -  these are usually cottages:

The Cottages in Mullion, these are quite numerous, many are basically second homes being let out when not in use by the owners.  Unfortunately, like most popular places in Cornwall this tends to increase the cost of property putting it out of reach of the local population.

The hotels in Mullion are not numerous considering the popularity of the area but they tend to be of excellent quality.

The Mullion camp sites and caravan parksare all in the surrounding countryside.

Mullion is basically a place for families and visitors touring around.  It does not have the lively night life, it has friendly little pubs, some good restaurants and magnificent scenery.

Further information on Mullion can be obtained from the Cornwall Tourist Information office  Tel. 0345 484950.

Getting to Mullion

A car is essential, Mullion is in the centre of the Lizard Peninsula and an excellent touring base for this unique area.