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.

Dropped Anchor Sea View Campsite

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty a quiet and uncomplicated site with amazing sea views over mounts bay, close to the south west coastal path.

Kota Restaurant and Rooms

Rated 4* by the AA, Kota has 3 en-suite rooms, all beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable (à la carte breakfast provided) Award winning restaurant on site offering an evening Tasting Menu.

Mill Lane Campsite

Family Campsite located 500 meters from the centre of Porthleven, dog-friendly with generous-sized, level pitches and plenty of space

Penrose Bunkhouse

On the Coast Path this bunkhouse is ideal for groups. Simple, but with all basic facilities, heated by a wood burning stove. Spectacular sea views,

Orchard House B&B

Bed & Breakfast. En suite double and twin room. Guest sitting room. Full English breakfast. Excellent reviews

Berepper Barns

Berepper Barns is a stones throw from the stunning coastal path on the Lizard. We have a 1 & 2 bedroom cottage in Gunwalloe, a peaceful village with a great pub.

Wheal Rodney Holiday Park Ltd

Small, family run holiday park in Marazion, free-to-use warm pool and free power showers. Camping and self-catering!

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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.


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

Nearby Events

  • Walkabout Trail Blazers

    6-9 June 2024  |  Organised by Sarah Middleton

    Walkabout provides 4 day guided walking adventures with a small group of a maximum of 10 women. This event takes place from 6th - 9th June 2024, with camping pre-arranged and catering and luggage transfers included.

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