Walk - Pendeen to Sennen Cove

9.1 miles (14.6 km)

Pendeen Sennen Cove

Moderate - Moderate, apart from a short section near Aire Point where you have to clamber over a rock outcrop.

The Coast Path takes you from the remote, gleaming lighthouse at Pendeen Watch along the rugged paths of the Granite Coast to the beautiful sweep of golden sand at Sennen Cove. Taking in part of Cornwall’s oldest mining district and leading around Cape Cornwall where the Atlantic currents split, the path is a mixture of easy open walking along the high cliff tops and short, rough ascents and descents.

There are many attractive spots for a picnic with spectacular views, especially as you approach Whitesand Bay. You may spot seals, as well as a variety of seabirds, as you walk beside the banks of seasonal pink thrift and carpets of purple heather and look out to the Atlantic crashing on the rocks below.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Old Post House B&B

The Post House provides a perfect base to explore West Penwith. Comfortable, tranquil rooms with classic vintage style. Digital guestbooks sharing local knowledge of hidden gems. TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee

Land's End Hostel and B&B , Trevescan

Family run boutique Hostel and B&B, 1/2mile from Lands End. Great for walkers, cyclists, Lejog. Close to The Minack, St Just Airport & Sennen.

Bosavern House

Quality B&B accommodation on the dramatic Lands End peninsula. Close to the historic mining town of St Just. An ideal base to explore the beautiful surrounding area.

Parknoweth Farm Campsite

A Small Friendly campsite with gorgeous coastal views and good facilities

Tremorran Bed & Breakfast

Built in 1908 as a mine captain’s house, boasting comfortable rooms with views over the gardens. All rooms have a seating area, hanging space, drawers, hairdryer, TV, bo

The Old Chapel

With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this beautifully converted chapel has comfort, character and style. Ideally situated for walking the SWCP around the Lands End peninsula.
You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Commercial

The Commercial is a friendly, family run inn with 4 star accredited accommodation, serving locally sourced food and drink.

Count House Cafe

The Count House Cafe at Geevor Tin Mine and Botallack Count House

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Land's End Visitor Centre & Attraction

Find out everything you need to know to experience the unique heritage site of Land's End

Western Discoveries Walking Holidays

Unbeatable walking holidays in Cornwall provided by the local experts

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  • Pendeen Lighthouse opened in 1900 to aid ships along what was said to be one of the most dangerous stretches of coast in Britain. Part of the lighthouse can be rented as holiday accommodation through Trinity House and Rural Retreats.
  • National Trust - Levant Mine and Beam Engine: built in 1840 by Harvey and Co. of Hayle, the mine is one of Cornwall's oldest and is now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. After extensive restoration, it is now steaming again and is open to the public. For more information tel: 01736 786156.
  • The ruined engine houses of Botallack, once used for extracting copper and tin, perch on the cliffs and the tunnels even extend under the sea. There is a visitor centre at Botallack Counthouse just slightly inland or you can find more information at www.cornish-mining.org.uk.
  • Kenidjack Castle and Arsenic Works: this historic headland is the site of an Iron Age fortification and a Bronze Age cairn circle, as well as being another important mining site.
  • Cape Cornwall and the tiny Priest’s Cove: the cape is owned by the National Trust and was once thought to be the most westerly point in England. It is the only cape in England and is the point at which the Atlantic currents split and flow south up the English Channel or north into the Bristol Channel and Irish Sea.
  • Views out to The Brisons: two small rocky islets about a mile off Cape Cornwall.
  • Ballowall Barrow or Carn Gluze: a Bronze Age burial chamber with two concentric inner walls. It faces west towards the setting sun.
  • Porth Nanven: a rocky beach of geological and scientific interest due to the wave-cut platforms in the cliff and extraordinary large, round stones. It is sometimes called the ‘dinosaur egg’ beach and is now legally protected by the National Trust.
  • Aire Point: a great place for a picnic overlooking Whitesand Bay.
  • Gwenver Beach: a wide, windswept sandy beach popular with surfers. Gwenver's name is apparently derived from Gwynevere of Arthurian legend. On a clear day, you have fantastic views from the beach out to the Longships lighthouse, the Scilly Isles and the nearby Brisons Rocks off the coast of Cape Cornwall.
  • Spotting the many birds who inhabit these cliffs and offshore rocks, such as peregrine falcons, shags, herring gulls and rock pipits.
  • Enjoying refreshments in the pubs and cafes of Sennen Cove. The Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station is open daily to visitors.

Shorter option

Cape Cornwall (4 miles, 6.4 km).

Longer option

Continue to Porthcurno (an additional 6.3 miles, 10.1 km).

Public transport

From Penzance, which has a mainline train station, you can take the regular bus service to Pendeen, Sennen, Botallack, St Just and Carn Towan and Land’s End. 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.


Pendeen (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR19 7DN), Levant Engine House, Cape Cornwall, Porthnanven and Sennen Cove.


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