Walk - Sennen Cove & Land's End

3.3 miles (5.3 km)

Sennen Cove Car Park - TR19 7DA Sennen Cove or Land's End

Moderate - Generally flat with one long climb from Sennen to Mayon Cliff. Some sections are hard surfaced and others are more uneven. The alternative return leg which uses part of the National Cycleway Route 3 is moderately level and well-surfaced and can be followed as a separate walk of approximately 1 mile. Trampers, wheelchairs and pushchairs can use this route. See the detailed description at phototrails.org.

A walk with spectacular views and both wildlife and historical interest. You can vary the length and difficulty of the walk to suit your needs as there are three options for returning to Sennen. The abundance of wildflowers makes this a brilliant walk in spring, when shags and cormorants can be seen offshore and the cliffs are noisy with nesting fulmars, kittiwakes and guillemots. In autumn the flocks of seabirds passing in strong winds sometimes include a rare Sabine's gull and the stubble in the newly-harvested fields is alive with linnets and buntings feasting on the fallen seeds.

A little way beyond Land’s End is Nanjizal beach which is dog friendy and worth the extra distance. 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.

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.

Porthcurno Barns Holiday Rentals

Family run holiday homes nestled in the peaceful seaside hamlet of Trendrennen, within walking distance of the stunning Porthcurno, Pedn Vounder and the Minack Theatre

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.

The Studio

The architect designed Studio is located on the west side of Penberth valley in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 8 mins walk from the Path.

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

Caravan in the Meadow

Cosy caravan with all mod cons, located in meadow with beautiful views. Discounts and lifts for SWCP walkers.

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 Dairy Barn

We offer self-catering accommodation in the centre of the Land's End peninsular, with multiple properties including 3 barn conversions (sleep 2). Single and 2 night stays available call to find out availability.
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.

Porthgwarra Cove Cafe

A welcome stop off on the Path for coffee, light lunches and cream teas. Open 10 am - 3pm 7 days a week (check facebook). so£pmip

The Commercial

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

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

PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications

Discover a museum experience that explores the story of our interconnected world, and how a tranquil valley in Cornwall became host to the past, present and future.

The Minack Theatre

Built on the cliffs above Porthcurno, the Minack is a Cornish landmark. Visitors can explore the theatre and enjoy performances in an iconic space.

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Route Description

  1. The first section of the path climbs from the tiny granite fishing harbour at Sennen and provides stunning views over Whitesand Bay northwards towards Cape Cornwall and the Brisons.

Sennen Cove still has a small fishing fleet and a few pleasure boats, but it does not offer anchorage to sailors from elsewhere, because of the dangers posed by the frequent heavy swells. The rocky headland at Land's End divides the Atlantic ocean from the English Channel, which makes the sea particularly turbulent in windy weather. Victorian artist John Ruskin described it as ‘an entire disorder of the surges’.

The first lifeboat was stationed at Sennen Cove in 1853. In 1919 a new slipway was built for the station’s first motor lifeboat, which was launched by trolley. Since 2009 Sennen Cove has operated an all weather boat and an inshore lifeboat.

The first headland after Sennen Cove is Pedn-mên-du ('Black Stone Headland'). At the top of this moderately steep section, the National Trust has refurbished a former Coastguard Lookout. This was built in 1891. The building was renovated and secured exactly 100 years after it was built by two members of the Coastguard Team, Colin McClary & Roy Coatman! This is open from Easter to October and contains displays and information about the local area as well as a telescope available for use.

  1. The walk continues along granite clifftops criss-crossed by well-preserved prehistoric field boundaries, past an impressive Iron Age cliff castle and a number of Bronze Age burial cairns.

Pass Maen Castle, an Iron Age cliff castle, or promontory fort, some 2,000 years old. On the rocks beneath it are the remains of the RMS Mulheim, which was wrecked in the bay below and broke in two before the swell drove it into the inlet here at Castle Zawn.

The heathland in this section is spectacular when in flower, and is home to a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife, whilst the cliffs are popular nesting sites for fulmars, shags and other seabirds. Peregrine falcons and kestrels can often be seen hunting here, and during the summer it is worth scanning the water below the cliffs for basking sharks and cetaceans.

A mile and a half further out to sea, the Longships Lighthouse guards the busy shipping lanes around Lands End and there are usually some interesting ships to be seen making their way up or down the Bristol Channel. On 30th June, 1791, Trinity House gave a lease to Lieutenant Henry Smith by which he would erect a lighthouse on the Longships, and which fixed the rental at £100 and the term as 50 years. A tower was soon established on Carn Bras, the largest of the Longships Rocks. The circular tower, designed by Trinity House architect Samuel Wyatt, had three storeys. The lightkeepers used the top storey as a bedroom under the wood and copper lantern. The lantern held 18 parabolic metal reflectors. None shone towards the land, as metal sheets blocked the windows in that direction.

Soon after lighting the tower on 29th September, 1795, Smith was declared "incapable of managing the concern" and Trinity House took it over. The lightkeepers on the Longships led a primitive existence, cooking their meals in the lantern by the Argand lamps. The lighthouse was manned by four men, two of whom were on duty at any one time, working one month at a stretch. They received £30 per annum and free food at the lighthouse, but when ashore they provided for themselves. During storms, the lantern was so often under that Henry Smith’s tower was replaced by the present grey granite circular tower built by Sir James Douglass, Trinity House engineer, in 1875. The tower is 35 metres high, 35 metres above the sea at high water. Its white light and red lights isophase every 10 seconds and can be seen for 15 nautical miles. Its fog signal sounds once every 10 seconds.

  1. The Coast Path continues through the remains of further prehistoric fields to Land’s End and its wide-ranging views. Refreshments, parking and other facilities are available all year round at the nearby hotel and visitor centre.

The walk to Land's End is about a mile and you may choose to return by public transport or by walking back the way you came.

Land’s End is associated with the mythical Cornish land of Lyonesse, believed by some to be the fabled lost world of Atlantis (see the Lost Land of Lyonesse Walk). Dr Syntax's Head, the headland at Land's End, is named after a cartoon schoolmaster published in Rudolph Ackerman’s 'Poetical Magazine' between 1809 and 1820. The adventures of Dr Syntax as he went in search of 'the Tour', 'Consolation' and 'A Wife' were written in verse by Dr William Combe and illustrated by the famous caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson.

The alternative return leg of the route uses part of the National Cycleway Route 3 - the "First and Last Cycle Trail" - and gives a total walk of 2½ miles. This section is well surfaced and level enough for wheelchair access for most of its length.

Sennen Coastguard Station was built in 1812 and consisted of a row of 8 houses, a fuel house and a store which housed the Rocket Cart and Rescue Equipment. Mr Phillips of Mayon Farm supplied a team of horses to haul the cart. A building, which now forms part of the cove Mini Market, was used to house the Revenue Cutters which were manned by the Coastguard Service for the purposes of preventing smuggling and for saving life at sea.

  1. At the old Coastguard cottages at the end of Marias Lane either follow the tarmac road back down to Sennen Cove, or rejoin the Coast Path at Mayon Lookout and walk back down the Coast Path to the harbour.

Public transport

Regular bus services are available from Penzance, St. Ives and St. Just to Sennen Cove and Land's End. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Sennen (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR19 7AD). There are two pay and display car parks at Sennen Cove, one at each end of the village. Both are likely to be busy in the summer. An overflow car park (pay and display) is sited at the top of the hill running down to Sennen Cove. There is a large car park at Land's End (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR19 7AA).


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