The South West Coast Path: St Ives to Mevagissey
This spectacular, two-week 200km trek follows the Path around the tip of Cornwall, exploring a series of wild and windswept headlands overlooking the Atlantic Ocean before rounding Land’s End and following the fascinating estuaries and inlets of Cornwall’s sub-tropical south coast.
This section of the South West Coast Path encompasses a vast array of coastal landscapes, from the dramatic cliffs of Land’s End, the impressive coves of Mullion and Kynance, resort towns of St Ives and Penzance, to the smaller fishing villages of Sennen Cove, Portloe and Mevagissey.
The walk passes the ‘Carracks’ – where Atlantic grey seals are often found basking on the rocks, before going inland to Zennor. The trail threads its way through the coves and the old tin mines, skirting inland beside Cape Cornwall and to the pretty fishing village of Sennen Cove. Spend time at Land’s End and watch Atlantic rollers pound Wolf Rock and the Long Ships.
Pause at Penberth Cove before reaching Lamorna with its old smuggler’s pub: The Lamorna Wink. Admire amazing views to St Michael’s Mount and visit the pretty village of Mousehole before discovering the busy resorts of Newlyn, Penzance and on past Marazion and Mount’s Bay.
Continue across the densely wooded valleys of the Helford and Fal rivers to the atmospheric fishing port of Mevagissey.
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By Water - Coastal and Estuary
The South West Coast Path: St Ives to Mevagissey
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Starting among the cobbled streets of St Ives, this itinerary traverses a remote and wild section of coastline to Land’s End then swings back east among the sub-tropical estuaries and inlets of the south coast. The route includes a couple of ferries at Helford and Falmouth which along with Portloe are fascinating fishing villages with great smuggling histories.
Day 1 - Arrive St. Ives
Day 2 - St Ives to Zennor
Day 3 - Zennor to Pendeen Watch
Day 4 - Pendeen Watch to Sennen Cove
Day 5 - Sennan Cove to Lamorna
Day 6 - Lamorna to Penzance
Day 7 - Penzance to Marazion
Day 8 - Marazion to Porthleven
Day 9 - Porthleven to The Lizard
Day 10 - The Lizard to Porthallow
Day 11 - Porthallow to Falmouth
Day 12 - Falmouth to Portloe
Day 13 - Portloe to Mevagissey
Day 14 - Departure Day
Accommodation where available is in locally owned and operated B&Bs, hotels, inns and farmhouses to provide you with a charming local experience. Among the venues visited on this itinerary are the following characterful coastal inns: The Tinners Arms, Zennor; The Old Success Inn, Sennen Cove and the Harbour Inn, Porthleven.
Air / Rail / Coach
The route is fairly easy to follow and well way-marked. It’s a moderate grade walk with some long days. The coastal path is hilly and many climbs are made each day, returning again to sea level. Some trails are rough under foot.
Cliff path rock falls and erosion does mean that the path may change slightly over the years.
The weather on the south west coast of England can be changeable and unpredictable, and so walkers should be prepared for all conditions with their clothing and attitude.
Season: March October. Best months: May, June, September.
Food & Drink
Excellent seafood is abundant on these sections of the path and will feature extensively on the menu in most local inns and restaurants. Look out for locally landed fresh fish from ‘day boats’ operating out of the fishing villages; Cornish Pasties, Stargazy Pie and Cream Teas are local specialities. Sample distinctive local ales from Cornish Chough Brewery and Black Rock Brewing. Cornwall’s very own lager: Korev is especially refreshing after a long day on the trail. The larger fishing ports usually offer lively nightlife in the harbourside taverns.
Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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