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Coverack, Lizard Peninsula

Coverack is a small picturesque fishing village on the southern edge of the Lizard Peninsula, which retains much of its original charm and character. It faces east away from the prevailing westerly winds. There are several thatched cottages, but only a few hung with slate in keeping with its sheltered location.

Coverack’s beach is a large sheltered crescent of sand, rocky in places, but ideal for swimming and wind-surfing. It has a small harbour built from local green serpentine rock, one of the oldest geological strata known to exist.

The notorious Manacle Rocks, three miles north-east of Coverack, have had a profound influence on this village. There is a tradition of lifeboat heroism from the fishermen, dating from 1901, when the first lifeboat station was established. In 1898, the S.S. Mohegan was wrecked on the Manacles and 106 lives were lost. A year later, in May 1899, the American passenger liner, S.S. Paris, ran aground off Lowland Point. No passengers were drowned. The Coverack lifeboat was moved to Falmouth in October 1978. The many wrecks on the Manacle Reef are favourite locations with scuba diving enthusiasts.

The local pub and hotel, the Paris Hotel, bears the name of the unfortunate vessel. It was built in 1907 and has breathtaking views, with the sea on three sides. It underwent extensive refurbishment in 2012 and has a growing and loyal customer following.

Coverack is a popular holiday location, with cafes, shops and accommodation. The Coverack Windsurfing Centre provides RYA approved tuition.