Penzance to Falmouth
The southernmost tip of England
Penzance to Falmouth: 61 miles in 6 days at average pace.
This route includes two major Cornish ports at each end with a number of beautiful beaches and rocky cliffs in between. Much of this walk is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it takes you to the southernmost tip of England at Lizard Point. There is some extraordinary geology to look out for including serpentine, granite and schist rocks, which provide great environments for a variety of plants and wildlife. The last leg of the journey takes you past two beautiful estuaries, the Helford and the Fal leading to Falmouth, which was once the second busiest port of the British Empire.
As you leave Penzance and head out along the promenade towards the ancient town of Marazion, the view of St Michael’s Mount in the bay dominates with its majestic presence. A fairly easy start is followed by a narrow path that rollercoasters over the cliffs to Praa Sands.
The coastline becomesincreasingly wild and rugged around Mullion as you enter the Lizard National Nature Reserve where heather and wildflowers add colour to the dramatic scenery. Kynance Cove is particularly stunning with its white sand and turquoise sea alongside rocky stacks and wave cut arches.
It continues around the LizardPeninsula, known for its serpentine granite, which is a dark green rock veined with red and white. Keep a lookout for the distinct symbol of the county’s identity, the black crow-like Cornish Chough with its red beak and red legs.
After crossing the Helford, you pass openings to lush valleys with subtropical gardens before reaching the opening of the Fal estuary overlooked by the imposing structure of Pendennis Castle. Falmouth is reputed to have the third largest natural harbour in the world and is a great place to end a Coast Path walk with plenty of restaurants and accommodation.
Day 1: Lamorna to Marazion 9.2 miles (14.8 km)
Day 2: Marazion to Porthleven 10.8 miles (17.4 km)
Day 3: Porthleven to The Lizard 14.0 miles (22.6 km)
Day 4: The Lizard to Coverack 10.4 miles (16.7 km)
Day 5: Coverack to Helford 12.9 miles (20.7 km)
Day 6: Helford to Falmouth 9.9 miles (16.0 km)