Walk - Frogmore & Lansallos

4.5 miles (7.2 km)

Frogmore car park - PL23 1NP Frogmore car park

Moderate - Coast Path, rugged in places, with some steep ascent and descent, prolonged in places. Woodland paths may be muddy, and there are stiles and steps.

Lansallos is a tiny hamlet dating back to the tenth century, far removed from the bustle of the modern world, and Palace Cove beneath it is the kind of remote beach once loved by smugglers, as the local mineowner discovered to his cost one day in 1825! A good walk in autumn, when the flocks of swallows and house martins gathering ready to leave may draw the attention of an unusual bird of prey, such as a hobby or a hen harrier.

Lantivet Bay is dog friendly. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs. 

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.

Hormond House B&B, Polruan

Old Captain's house, family run, friendly B&B with delicious, home-cooked breakfast in our light & airy kitchen. Children welcome. Treat yourself and stay with us. 

Great Kellow Farm, Lansallos near Polperro

Great Kellow Farm is situated above the beautiful village of Polperro. We are a quiet family & dog friendly campsite. The campsite has sea views and easy access to country and coastal walks.

Fowey Hall Hotel - LFH

Perched above Fowey with sweeping views.Families welcome and activities to cater for children. This Queen Anne mansion is thought to be the inspiration for Toad Hall from Wind In The Willows.

Wellingtons Guest House, Fowey

A comfortable and pleasurable experience awaits at our friendly family run guest house. Communal lounge with a cosy fire and comfortable sofas-perfect for relaxing after walking the Coast Path.

Meadow View B&B, Fowey

Ensuite kingsize (or twin) modern room with cooked breakfast. Very near Coast Path, Saints Way, bus route. Parking, country views.

Camping Caradon Touring Park, Looe

Located halfway between the harbour towns of Looe and Polperro. 3.5 acres of level ground with excellent facilities.

Treargel Retreats,near Looe

Treargel is the Cornish name for 'a home of retreat' and provides a sanctuary in nature for those needing to get away from it all.

Hendersick Farm House

Traditional farmhouse B&B hospitality. Sea views, rambling gardens, footpath to the coast. All day kitchen facilities. Muddy boots welcome.

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 House on the Props Restaurant, Polperro

The House on the Props is a 16th Century timber property with half of the building being 'propped' up over the river on old ships timbers.  We are in a very prominent position in Polperro, directly on the South West Coast Path.  We open daily from 9am and serve Breakfast, Lunch, Cream Teas, Home Made Cakes and Fresh Fish in the evening. We pride ourselves on serving Fresh Cornish produce when ever possible, and all our cakes pastries and scones are home made on the premises, as well as our main meals.

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Route Description

If you are starting from Lansallos, begin the walk at number 4, by the church, continuing from number 1 when you reach Frogmore.

  1. From Frogmore car park follow the Lantivet Bay footpath to the junction, crossing the road to pick up the footpath along the lane almost opposite. Walk downhill towards the South West Coast Path.
  2. Fork right to descend to the Coast Path (or take the small path to the left for a less steep ascent and descent across this valley). On the Coast Path turn left to walk around above Palace Cove and Sandheap Point. There is an optional detour on the right here, to visit the tip of the point. Carry on along the Coast Path, descending the steps to the stream at West Coombe.

The 'Palace' in the cove name is nothing to do with enormous mansions: it comes from a Cornish word meaning 'place', and in the nineteenth century it was used for a shed above a beach or quay where women and children processed the catch brought in by the fishing fleet. Packing the fish in barrels between layers of salt, they would then squeeze the oil out of the fish to dry it out and preserve it.

The National Trust uses Dexter cattle and Dartmoor ponies to graze the path between Pencarrow Head and Lantivet as part of its management programme to restore the coastal grassland. This part of the Coast Path is rich in plant life as a result: in spring and summer there are banks of tumbling thorn blossom and fiery, coconut-scented gorse, and the grass is studded with primroses, dog violets, celandines and bluebells in spring, and stitchwort, dandelions and campions in summer. Look out for swathes of lichen in the thorn bushes: a sign of pure air.

  1. Cross the footbridge at West Coombe to carry on along the Coast Path for a short distance inland. Take the footpath on the left above Lansallos Cove, climbing gently through the fields, carrying on along the lane as it approaches Lansallos Church. For a shorter walk, take the footpath over the footbridge on the left when the main path follows the stream around to the right, and follow it up through the valley to rejoin the longer route at 5.

This was the old path from the village of Lansallos to the water mill in West Coombe. The babbling brook which used to power the water mill on the coast runs alongside the path for much of the way (turn left as the path crosses it for another shortcut to the main route at 5). In spring the stream's mossy banks are dotted with celandines and golden saxifrage. The path was also used by fishermen descending to the cove, and farmers taking donkey carts down to the beach to collect sand and seaweed to fertilise their fields.

  1. Carry on past the church to take the footpath over the stile on the left, by the gate, and follow it straight ahead, downhill through three fields, to the stream at the bottom.

Built in 1321, Lansallos Church has a wagon roof and a Norman font and was dedicated to St Idierna. It was rebuilt in the fifteenth century. There are human and animal heads carved into the bench ends, and some very old five-holed stocks. Only one cracked bell remains of the original three medieval bells, after drunken revellers destroyed the others in the nineteenth century. It is thought that in the tenth century Lansallos was a landowning church, and a recently-discovered charter from the reign of Athelstan suggests that it had a monastery attached. In the 1086 Domesday Book, however, 'Lansalwys' (from the Cornish meaning 'the holy site of Salwys') was recorded as a secular manor.

  1. Crossing the stream, continue ahead (or left, if you have joined from the shorter route), and climb steeply to the left-hand hedge. From here contour around the hill through two more fields, to the road.

Early in the nineteenth century, a copper mine operated in the valley for around 20 years. Known as Wheal Howell, or sometimes Wheal Providence, and the machinery put up for sale when it closed in 1832 included a 60-inch cylinder, which indicated that it must have been a mine of some size. The three shafts that are known about have all been filled in, but for your safety you are advised to stay on the path.

Live many another secluded cove on the South West Coast Path the area had a lively 'free trade'. One smuggling incident in 1825 resulted in a large quantity of liquor being washed up on the shoreline. One of the kegs of brandy was further smuggled, into one of the mineshafts at Wheal Howell, with disastrous consequences for the mine's output that day!

  1. Descending the steps in the hedge with care, turn left on the road and walk to the junction to return to the car park at Frogmore.

The flight of stone steps leading to the road are known locally as 'Kiss Me Arse Steps'. Although the origin of the name is unknown, if two people are climbing the steps at the same time it is not difficult to imagine how it came about!

Public transport

Polruan bus to Polperro number 290. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

National Trust Car Park in Lansallos (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL13 2PU).

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