The Great Western Railway

Penzance is a historic port on the south facing shores of Mount’s Bay and has one of the mildest climates in the UK. Wander the town’s streets and you’ll come across the fabulously decorated Egyptian House and the statue of local hero Sir Humphry Davy.

The Land’s End peninsula is unique for coastal walking. The South West Coast Path between Penzance and St Ives provides breath-taking views with romantic granite scenery and historical engine houses.

These are a selection of walks from Penzance Station that will immerse you in the delights of this unique area.

Penzance Town Trail

Distance - 2.8 miles Difficulty - Easy

A tale of admirals and smugglers, judges and rebels, chapels and piggeries, Iron Age and Art Deco, all lavishly illustrated in a host of fascinating features in this leisurely stroll around the streets of Old Penzance.


Distance - 6.8 miles Difficulty - Easy

An easy saunter to Marazion, linked by causeway to St Michael's Mount, once a Benedictine Priory and later a medieval fort. The return route along St Michael's Way travels across Marazion Marsh, which is particularly popular with over-wintering birds.


Distance - 3.4 miles Difficulty - Easy

A gentle amble along tarmac pavements and a cycleway through the fishing port of Newlyn with its medieval harbour, to Mousehole, described by Dylan Thomas as the prettiest village in England. Catch the bus back or return the same way.

A 4 day walk based in Penzance walking the Coast Path to St Ives

Day 1 - Penzance to Porthcurno
Distance - 10.8 miles. Difficulty - Challenging
A tour of history ancient and modern, with breathtaking scenery that has inspired many artists. This walk also passes through spectacular rock formations, fishing hamlets and a nature reserve. It features a giant, a Stone Age residence, Romans and some high-spirited sailors charged with restoring the 80-ton rock they dislodged.

Day 2 - Porthcurno – St Just
Distance - 10.2 miles. Difficulty - Challenging
A trip through the spectacular granite cliffs around Land's End, with their crags and gullies and their castle-like buttresses, this walk also touches on saints and smugglers, and some of the relics of Cornwall's industrial heyday.

Day 3 - St Just – Gurnard's Head
Distance - 9.9 miles. Difficulty - Challenging
A journey through one of Cornwall's most illustrious mining areas, (now a key part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site) where the miners worked in tunnels deep under the seabed to extract the ore. The landscape is littered with stunning rock formations and a multitude of archaeological remains from all periods of history.

Day 4- Gurnard's Head – St Ives
Distance - 8.3 miles. Difficulty - Challenging
An invigorating walk along the wild and windswept cliffs between the romantic, rocky shoreline and the stone-walled patchwork fields of a traditional landscape which has been farmed in this way for 5000 years. Mine chimneys and engine houses are dotted among the granite outcrops, and the coastal heathland is home to many rare species of plants, birds and animals.