Walk - The Cove- Gwennap Head - Lookout Walk

1.1 miles (1.8 km)

Porthgwarra Carpark - TR19 6JR Porthgwarra Carpark

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One of Four walks around the South West Coast Path starting from Gwennap Head; but with as many as seven different loops all leaving from the Porthgwarra car park, there are many possible mix-and-match routes, providing a walk for every occasion! There are cliffs and blowholes, saints and seabirds, theatres and underwater communications systems, all spread around an area of heathland dotted with the relics of the past and fringed with crystal waters lapping on sandy coves.

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.

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.

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.

Bosula House, Lamorna

Bosula House, set in a peaceful location. Val & Paul offer a warm, friendly welcome, comfortable night’s sleep, ensuite rooms and a good breakfast to start your day.

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Route Description

A short loop around the stunning granite cliffs of Tol-Pedn-Penwith ('The Holed Headland of Penwith') where the sea washes dramatically through the blowhole of an underwater cave and two giant cones warn ships of the wicked Runnel Stone just offshore. Look out for climbers on the famous Chair Ladder crag, and the colony of breeding gannets on the nearby cliffs. Many rare seabirds pass through here, too, such as Manx and Sooty's Shearwaters, as well as skuas, petrels and whimbrels.

From The Cove Cornwall take the Lamorna Valley road inland. At the junction with the B3315 turn left signposted Lands End. Follow this road for over 5 miles. After the turning to Porthcurno look for the minor road on the left as the B3315 turns sharp right at Polrigga. Take the turning signposted Porthgwarra 1½ miles. Continue on this road winding past Roskestal Farm until you reach Porthgwarra. Follow the signs to the Pay and Display car park.

  1. From the Porthgwarra car park turn left towards the sea and pick up the South West Coast Path on your right above the tiny beach. Follow the path around Gwennap Head, past the lookout station, ignoring the track leading inland just after the lookout, to carry on to the cove at Porth Loe.
  2. Take the next path to the right here, bearing right when another path joins from the left, to pick up the track back to the car park.

 

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Porthgwarra Pay and Display Carpark.

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