Walk - Portloe to Mevagissey

12.2 miles (19.6 km)

Portloe Mevagissey

Challenging - Strenuous to easy

A bit of a clamber across rocks along a rather rugged Path out of Portloe eases around the more pastoral landscape of Caerhays Castle, before becoming tougher again on the approach to Hemmick Beach. From here the high cliffs to the windswept, 375 foot headland of Dodman Point looms ahead. Views from here are fantastic, especially on a clear day when you may even be able to make out Berry Head in Devon.

The landscape of the Path varies between a mixture of wild scrub and soft pastures and some road walking around Gorran Haven. The Path then really opens up on the approach to Chapel Point and walking is easy with rewarding views in all directions. Mevagissey, with its double walled harbour, is a busy fishing port and offers a good range of refreshments after a day of walking the South West Coast Path.

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Highlights

  • Views back to the tiny harbour of Portloe.
  • Caerhays Castle and Gardens: the castle was designed in 1808 by the Georgian architect John Nash. The gardens, known for their magnolias, are open to the public in the spring. For more information tel: 01872 501310.
  • Porthluney Cove: designated a Eurobeach, this sheltered cove is clean and safe for swimming. The 1979 version of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, starring Jeremy Brett as Maxim de Winter, was filmed here.
  • The secluded sands of Hemmick Beach, surrounded on three sides by rocky cliffs.
  • Dodman Point and the Bulwark earthworks: this large headland was once an Iron Age fort, thought to have been the largest cliff castle in the South West. There are remnants of an ancient strip-field system and the remains of two Bronze Age barrows. There is a large, plain, stone cross erected in 1896 as a navigation aid. On a clear day views extend to Lizard Point in the west and Berry Head in the east.
  • Sitting on the bench or fields above Vault Beach.
  • The views of Gorran Haven from Maenease Point and beyond.
  • Walking through the fields towards Chapel Point and the white pebbles of Colona Beach.
  • Bodrugan’s Leap at Turbot Point: named after Sir Henry Bodrugan (also known as Sir Henry Trenowth) who made his escape from his pursuing enemy Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cothele by leaping off the cliff to a boat which took him to safety in France.
  • Admiring the white 1930’s houses at Chapel Cove - a truly beautiful place to live!
  • Searching the rock pools at low tide on Portmellon Beach.
  • The interesting narrow streets of Mevagissey.

Places of interest

  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Britain’s largest ever garden restoration project. Open daily, Tel: 01726 845120.
  • Follow the inland path from Portmellon to reach a beautiful, quiet nature reserve and a new ‘Millennium Woodland’ plantation.

Shorter option

Gorran Haven (8.8 miles, 14.2 km).

Longer option

Charlestown (an additional 7.3 miles, 11.7 km).

Nearby refreshments

Portloe has a pub. Further facilities can be found in West and East Portholland, Gorran Haven and there is a pub in Portmellon. Mevagissey has a good range of cafes, shops, pubs and restaurants.

Public transport

The nearest train station is Truro, from where there are regular buses to Portloe and Mevagissey. Alternatively From St Austell train station, buses run to Mevagissey and Goraan Haven.

For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

Portloe (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR2 5QA), West Portholland, Porthluney Cove, above Hemmick Beach, Penare, Lamledra, Gorran Haven, Portmellon and Mevagissey.

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