Walk - Rinsey Head Circular

2.8 miles (4.4 km)

Rinsey Head Car Park - TR13 9SQ Rinsey Head Car Park

Moderate - Undulating Coast Path with firm surface. One moderately strenuous climb.

This walk gives spectacular views of both the Lizard and Penwith Peninsulas and takes in the remains of the area’s mining heritage. The inland sections also have superb views of the sea. Children will love the beach and the romance of the old mine buildings.

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.

Mzima

Homely accommodation in modern bungalow. Full English breakfast available. clothes drying. Transport to evening meal available. Telephone 01736 763856 or email [email protected] for details.

Wellmore End Cottage

Very comfortable en-suite rooms with TV, hair drier, hospitality trays, free WI FI etc.  Outstanding breakfasts.  Just 64 metres from harbour.

PJ's Bed And Breakfast

Peter & Janet welcome you to PJ’s, a recently rebuilt, contemporary B&B 5 mins walk from the Coast Path. Dogs welcome at no extra cost. We offer an extended stay of up to 4 nights and we’ll pick up/drop you off around the Lizard

The Granary Barn Back Packers & B&B

Luxury self-catering accommodation with stunning views. 2 Large en-suite bedrooms plus sofa bed. Up to two dogs welcome. Wheelchair friendly.

Lamorna House Homestay

Charming king-size room in lovely home with exclusive use of family sized bathroom and light, healthy breakfast.

Mount Haven

19 beautiful en-suite rooms, restaurant, treatment room, and Terrace Bar with sea views across Mount's Bay

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.

Meneage Taxis, Helston

Make Meneage Taxis your first call - Your destination is our destination.

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Route Description

  1. Leaving Rinsey Head Car Park, take the Coast Path heading east towards Porthleven with views stretching down the length of the Lizard peninsula.

The impressive Wheal Prosper engine house, built in 1860, stands before you – evidence that this area was once a hive of mining activity.

Continue along the Coast Path for ½ mile, rounding Trewavas Head, until you come to the junction with another footpath just south of Trewavas Farm.

  1. Step over the stone block that serves as a stile and start to travel west. In front of you will be spectacular views of Mounts Bay and the Penwith peninsula. Continue along the path as it leaves the track and travels through a field to a stone stile. Cross over the stile and continue along the well-worn path.

You will have another opportunity to look down on the engine house at Wheal Prosper.

The path will take you into the heart of the old mining hamlet of Rinsey.

  1. Walk along the road from Rinsey and head towards Ashton. Just past the last house in Rinsey you will find a kissing gate on the left.

Walk through it and continue along the path across a number of fields – keep a lookout for the old stone stiles in order to make sure that you are on the right track. Eventually you will come to the hamlet of Hendra.

  1. At Hendra, turn left and follow the road as it heads down towards Praa Sands. You will be on this single track road for about ¼ mile so keep an ear out for oncoming traffic.
  2. At the end of the road you will reach the far eastern end of Praa Sands beach and the opportunity to rejoin the Coast Path. Start to head back east to where you started.

As the path climbs up above Lesceave Cliffs you will yet again be able to see evidence of former mining activity.

Continue along until you eventually return to the car park at Rinsey Head.

Public transport

First bus services to Ashton or Praa Sands. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

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Rinsey Head (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR13 9SQ).

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