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Housel Bay Beach – Access difficult
Housel Bay Beach
Housel Bay Beach is a ten minutes walk from the Lizard is a popular beach. Access is via a steep cliff path so not suitable for families. Facilities and parking are at Lizard village and Lizard Point. Note there is no sand at low tide.
Seasonal dog ban
Sand chairs are available for hire on rotation throughout Kerrier, please contact Kerrier District Council on 01209 614397Wikipedia says. . .
In 1900 Guglielmo Marconi stayed the Housel Bay Hotel in his quest to locate a coastal radio station to receive signals from ships equipped with his apparatus. He leased a plot “in the wheat field adjoining the hotel” where the Lizard Wireless Telegraph Station still stands today.
Recently restored by the National Trust, it looks as it did in January 1901, when Marconi received the distance record signals of 186 miles (299 km) from his transmitter station at Niton, Isle of Wight.
The Lizard Wireless Station is the oldest Marconi station to survive in its original state in the world and is located to the west of the Lloyds Signal Station in what appears to be a wooden hut. In December 1901, on the cliffs above Poldhu, Guglielmo Marconi sent a radio communication across the Atlantic to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The story of Marconi and Housel Bay
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