Cornwall is justly well-known for its coastal paths however they’ll get crowded. They’ve been a significant draw for Europeans however journey restrictions are holding them away. So this can be a uncommon probability to benefit from the quiet trails, pristine nature and wild rugged cliffs in peace and quiet. And after the bustle of St Ives, it comes as one thing of a aid.
Day 1- St Ives to Marazion – 14 kms – four.5.hours
It’s early after I set out from St Ives, but there are already a number of courageous souls within the sea. I go away the coast and head up St Michael’s Means, a part of the traditional pilgrimage route resulting in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. After all, I’m not going that far, simply cross nation to Cornwall’s south coast and St Michael’s Mount.
The trail climbs and I’m quickly at Trencorn Hill, a Neolithic Hill Fort, seemingly residence to the Large Trecobben, the distinctive rocks, his furnishings – Large’s Chair, Large’s Cradle and Large’s Spoon. The views are large however it’s solely later that St Michael’s Mount pops into sight, rising out of the ocean simply off the coast.
At Marazion, the tide is in and the trippers are out in pressure, so I take a ship throughout to the Mount. That is the Cornish quarter-sized model of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, and likewise was a Benedictine abbey. The monks are lengthy gone and it’s now owned by the Nationwide Belief.
The constructing continues to be lived in however you’ll be able to go to the staterooms on the high of the home for spectacular views throughout the bay.
Presently of yr the flowers within the terraced gardens, cleverly constructed on the slopes, are a riot of color. The tide is decrease so I cross the causeway and make my approach again to Marazion. It’s a four-mile highway stroll into Penzance, tonight’s vacation spot so I cheat and catch the bus.
Day 2 – Mousehole to Porthcurno -13.25 kms – 5 hours
From Penzance to Mousehole, highway strolling is the one choice so once more I take the bus. It’s early and there are solely a few wet-suited swimmers in Mousehole Harbour, as soon as described by Dylan Thomas as ‘the loveliest village in England’. I climb up out of the port and comply with the cliffs to Lamorna, one other fairly village, captured by British Put up-Impressionists within the early a part of the 20th century.
It’s extra up and down round small bays earlier than reaching Penberth Cove with a handful of granite cottages, a cobbled slipway and an enormous wood capstan to drag fishing boats out of the water. It’s a pleasant spot, vacationers don’t actually get right here, so it’s no accident that it was used as Sawle Village within the Poldark sequence.
I can inform I’m getting near Porthcorno, after I attain the Cable Monument, marking the primary connection to the USA in 1880. The village itself owes its existence to an earlier cable set up linking to India in 1870 and the imposing workplaces are actually a Telegraph Museum. Perched on the cliff above is the world-renowned open-air Minack Theatre, nonetheless valiantly presenting exhibits.
The seaside right here is considered one of Cornwall’s greatest and that is one other Poldark location. It doubled as Nampara Cove within the dream sequence the place Ross and Demelza strolled throughout the white sand.
Day three – Porthcurno to Sennen Cove – 11kms – four hours
The coastal surroundings in the present day is spectacular, with turquoise sea internet hosting white breakers looking for out the caves and arches hollowed out of the imposing cliff cathedrals of stone. Within the far distance, I can see Land’s Finish and the Runnel Stone Reef, the notorious wrecker of quite a few vessels. Between 1880 and 1923 over thirty steamships have been wrecked, stranded or sunk within the space.
After an hour I arrive at Porthgwarra Seashore, one other Poldark location, the place Ross took a thin dip in its crystal waters. I climb as much as Hella Level after which throughout Gwennap Head, previous two enormous navigation cones, to the coastguard lookout. There’s extra Poldark right here, the situation for a lot of sundown gallops throughout the cliffs.
I’m barely dreading the crowds at Land’s Finish however it’s mercilessly quiet and I make my strategy to the First and Final Home in England for ice cream. Offshore are a bunch of rocky islets often called The Longships with their very personal solitary lighthouse, relationship from the 19th century.
Later, on Mayon Cliffs, I’m reminded of how treacherous the seas could be. The rusting hulk of the 90m lengthy RMS Mülheim cargo vessel lies beneath me, wrecked in 2003. From right here I go a turreted lookout tower and all of the sudden Sennen Cove is in sight.
Day four – Sennen Cove to Pendeen – 13.5 kms – 6 hours
I begin the morning trudging throughout the large expanse of Whitesand Bay, the shallows filled with apprentice surfers studying to catch Atlantic rollers. Quickly I’m again on the cliffs getting near the Botallack tin mining space and indicators warn of hid shafts.
Simply forward is Cape Cornwall, believed to be essentially the most westerly level within the UK till the Ordnance Survey handed that honour to Land’s Finish 200 years in the past. Nonetheless, it’s England’s solely cape and a tin mine operated right here from 1838 to 1883 and the chimney nonetheless stands. It’s a steep scramble to the summit and beneath me are the ruins of St Helen’s Oratory, constructed on the location of a sixth century church.
Botallack, within the 1870s, was the centre of the Cornish tin trade and over 500 folks labored right here. Ruined engine homes, with their distinctive chimneys, residence to the steam engines that powered the mines, dot the panorama.
Standing stark on the cliffs is West Wheal Owles – the Poldark location for Wheal Grace and Wheal Leisure. Probably the most iconic lie beneath, perched on a ledge precariously near the ocean. These are the Crown mines, that includes because the Grambler mine, with the assistance of CGI to restore the roof.
Additional alongside, close to Pendeen, is Levant Mine. The steam engine, which powered the mine, has been restored and is now the one working instance within the UK. Its buildings served as the situation for Tressiders Rolling Mill in Poldark.
Day 5 Pendeen to Zennor – 14.75 km – four.5 hours
Geevor mine was the final mine to shut in 1991and is now a museum. The winding tower and engine home nonetheless survive and the altering rooms the place the miners set off to go underground are just like the Marie Celeste. It makes for an enchanting couple of hours and you may even stroll via 18th century underground tunnels.
My path takes me previous Pendeen Watch Lighthouse, inbuilt 1900 to guard delivery from the rocks of the Three Stone Oar. Then it’s down via secluded sandy coves and extra warnings of hidden mine shafts. I’ve the trail to myself other than a few path runners. Looming out of the mist is Gurnard’s Head, named after its resemblance to the fish. A steep flight of steps leads me to the Tinner’s Arms in Zennor, a unusual pub with rooms.
Day 6 Zennor to St Ives – 10.three km – four hours
I’ve been warned that in the present day’s stroll is without doubt one of the hardest components of the South West Coastal Path, so I’m eager to get going. I descend to a bay and encounter my first impediment. There’s an enormous subject of boulders, with no apparent marked path, which requires a specific amount of scrambling.
The coast grows steadily much less wild and I’m quickly on my final climb as much as Hellesveor Cliff. Immediately I see St Ives within the sunshine with surfers out in pressure on Sunday morning.
The Tate St Ives overlooks the seaside, and I’m going inside and mirror on what a protracted improbable stroll it’s been.
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TRAVEL: GWR has frequent trains to St Ives.