Walk - Land's End Hostel - Sennen Cove and Land’s End

4.9 miles (7.9 km)

Land’s End Hostel,Trevescan Land’s End Hostel,Trevescan

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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.

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.

Lands End Hostel and B&B

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.

Sunnybank House B&B, Sennen

A friendly family run B&B situated close to the SWCP, Land’s End, Minack Theatre and Land’s End airport.  Free WiFi. Evening meals available with prior notice.

Sea View House

Long standing B&B offering comfortable accomodation, conveniently situated for Coast Path.

The Studio, Treen

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

Treen House B&B

Newly renovated vegetarian/eco-friendly B&B in an unspoilt, magical location.  All rooms en-suite. Use of guest lounge.

The Old Forge - Sykes Holiday Cottages

One of many exceptional holiday cottages across the whole of the South West

The Old Post House B&B

The Post House in St Just retains many original features. The rooms are comfortably tranquil with a classic French vintage style. Facilities include free wifi, flat screen TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and bottled water.

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Route Description

  1. Leave Land’s End Hostel in Trevescan along the B3315 towards Land's End. Take care as there are no pavements on this section of road. At the junction with the A30 carefully cross the road and follow the public footpath, down a track past Treeve Moor House, through 3 fields towards Sennen Cove.
  2. Nearing Sennen Cove, the path passes some houses and then changes to a tarmac surfaced road. When you reach the junction, turn right into Maria’s Lane.
  3. Follow the road and turn sharp left into Stone Chair Lane. Head down to the tiny granite fishing harbour at Sennen Cove.

Sennen Cove still has a small fishing fleet as well as a few pleasure boats, but it does not offer anchorage to other seafarers, because the frequent heavy swells make it a hazardous destination. Visit it on a windy day, and you will see why!
Leave the harbour through the car park above the slipway. Take the South West Coast Path climbing westwards towards Land End.
There are stunning views over Whitesand Bay northwards towards Cape Cornwall and the Brisons. At the top of this moderately steep section, rounding the headland of Pedn-mên-du, the National Trust has refurbished a former Coastguard Lookout. This is open from Easter to October and contains displays and information about the local area as well as a telescope available for use.
The walk continues along granite clifftops criss-crossed by well-preserved prehistoric field boundaries, past Maen Castle, an impressive Iron Age cliff castle and a number of Bronze Age burial cairns. 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 other cetaceans.
A mile and a half 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.
The granite around Land's End was formed some 275 million years ago.
Cornwall has always been an important mining area. Tin mining made Cornwall one of the world's biggest mineral traders even as long ago as the Bronze Age. Copper, for which it was particularly famous during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, lead, zinc and silver were also mined in the county. China clay which is still one of Cornwall's main industries is also derived from an altered form of granite.
Granite in this area has very large white feldspar crystals in it: a sign that the magma cooled down very slowly after it was formed.
The action of the sea on the hard granite has resulted in the large rectangular blocks and long narrow buttresses in the cliffs here, forming a classic castellated coastline, the best and most spectacular of its type in Britain. As the Atlantic hurls its massive breakers at the cliffs, air is compressed from the impact. This is forced into lines of weakness in the rock, resulting in new caves, fissures, blowholes and zawns.

  1. The Coast Path continues through the remains of further prehistoric fields to Land's End with its wide-ranging views.

Refreshments and other facilities are available all year round at the nearby hotel and visitor centre.
Land's End is England's most westerly point, and looks out over the mythical Arthurian lost lands of Lyonesse. It is a great place for wildlife. In spring and summer it is a riot of colour when the gorse and heather are in bloom, and the pink thrift and white sea campion grow in banks between them. Dolphins and basking sharks can often be spotted offshore, and sometimes a chough, Cornwall's “national” bird. In early 2001 three Choughs arrived on the Lizard peninsula in south-west Cornwall. Two of the birds paired up, the third left the area. The pair nested successfully in 2002, the first breeding in England for fifty years. They have bred annually since, raising a total of 20 young.

  1. Reaching Land's End you can simply return to Trevescan directly along the A30 and B3315. You may choose to turn around and walk the way you came via Sennen Cove back to Trevescan.
  2. Alternatively you may wish to follow a route that uses part of the National Cycleway route. This section is well surfaced and level enough for wheelchair access as it winds its way back towards Sennen Cove.
  3. At the old Coastguard cottages at this end of Maria’s Lane, turn right back onto the tarmac road. Follow the path back across the fields to the A30 and thence on the B3315 to Trevescan.

Public transport

For transport information visit Traveline www.travelinesw.com or phone 0871 2002233

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