Wonderful Walks in West Cornwall

Tuesday 06 February 2024

This beautiful peninsula is famous for many things, but top of the list are the breathtaking, dramatic coastline and rolling countryside. You can cosy up with a drink and watch it all from the Vista Lounge, but nothing beats getting out there and breathing it all in! Here are a few ideas for invigorating walks in west Cornwall that will get the blood pumping and cameras clicking!

Kynance Cove Loop

This walk captures some of the most picturesque elements of the stunning Lizard Peninsula, taking in dramatic cliffs, rare flora and fauna and a captivating martitime history. Park at the legendary and idyllic Kynance Cove and follow the coast path south towards Lizard Point, the most southerly point in mainland Britain. Continue following the path round to Lizard Lighthouse, past Lion’s Den (a 12m hole in the cliff created after a cave collapsed!), carry on to Pen Olver where you will definitely want to stop a while and take a few photos. Take the path back to Kynance Cove just past the village green to complete this wonderful loop.

Kennack Sands to Cadgwith

Another gorgeous circular walk, offering some of the most iconic and breathtaking views in the country. Set off from Kennack Sands beach, past Carloen Cove down to the picture postcard fishing haven of Cadgwith Cove. Marvel at serpentine boulders, sandy beaches and sweeping views across the bay to Bass Point and Black Head

Church Cove and Lizard Point

Depart Lizard village and pass the church as you head in a generally NE direction towards the picturesque coastline at Church Cove. Take it all in as you then follows the coast path past a number of landmarks including the Lifeboat station, Coastguard lookout, Lloyd’s signal station, Marconi’s wireless station and the Lizard Lighthouse before reaching the most southerly point.

Sennen Cove to Land’s End

This is surely one of the most scenic walks that you will experience anywhere in the world, taking in all of the drama and magic that the country’s most south-westerly mainland point has to offer. Sennen will take around an hour to drive to from Polurrian, but it is worth the trip to take in the iconic landscape and this 6.5 mile walk is a great way to soak it all in. Enjoy the vivid colours and rolling waves of Sennen Cove and then, when ready, head west along the seafront past the lifeboat station and art gallery and hop on the coast path which will take you all the way to Land’s End. You can either take a slightly inland return route to complete a loop, or simply retrace your steps along the coast path, back to Sennen Cove.

Perranuthnoe to Prussia Cove

The sandy shores of Perranuthnoe may tempt you to stay awhile, but if you want to stretch the legs and see a little more of this beautiful stretch of South Cornish coast then head south and take in the views of St Michael’s Mount from the coast path as you pass Cudden point. Look out for seals and dolphins as you round the headland and reach pretty Prussia Cove, before heading slightly inland for your route back.

Mullion Cove to Lizard Point

Enjoy this walk from the picturesque Mullion Cove, along the rugged cliffs of the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula. Great for dog walkers, this is a moderately challenging point-to-point walk, around 9 miles in length, taking in historical features and more beautiful scenery. Set off from Mullion and simply follow the coast path south all the way to Lizard Point, taking in the best views that the Cornish coast has to offer. Make sure the camera is charged up as you will definitely want to document some of your explorations of this stunning landscape.

Polurrian on the Lizard is ideally located as a base to explore the stunning west Cornwall coastline. Book your stay today and start to plan your next adventure…

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