Whether you want to attempt the whole section or just parts of it, there is something for everyone, from the gentle ambler to the seasoned hiker. All you need is a pair of sturdy boots and a map – take a look at the organisations’ fantastic website for more information on routes: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk .
The far west section runs from Gwithian on the north coast to The Lizard on the south. The north coast is especially rugged, with the section from St Ives to Pendeen being noted to be some of the most challenging walking, but with rewarding views of rugged cliffs, the Atlantic, wild surf beaches, estuaries and headland.
Once you have passed Land’s End and move to the south coast, the scenery softens with sheltered coves and valleys and undulating hills, making this perfect for gentler strolls and with pretty spots such as Lamorna Cove. At this point you pass through the villages of Mousehole and Newlyn and into the town of Penzance, making for a very different walk, and into Mounts Bay, home of St Michael’s Mount and Marazion, which has a fabulous marsh.
Moving along the coastline there’s the fabulous Praa Sands, the very picturesque fishing village of Porthleven (with excellent restaurants) and Looe Bar before heading once again into the wilder realms of The Lizard.
Whatever you choose to do, there is a vast array of options along this spectacular part of the coast. There are plenty of ‘watering hole’ options along the way but it’s best to check out online to see what is available – or you might want to pack a picnic, or make like a local and grab a pasty en route!
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