Walk - Penzance from Marazion

2.2 miles (3.6 km)

Marazion Station car park - TR17 0AA Marazion Station car park

Easy - A 2 mile walk virtually level walk along the seawall on a surfaced path suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs.

An easy walk from Marazion into Penzance, giving great views across Mounts Bay to St Michael’s Mount, the Lizard and Mousehole. It is especially good in autumn, when the Bird Reserve at Marazion attracts rare migrants such as bitterns and water rails, and the flocks of swallows hunting flying ants sometimes draw the attention of a passing hobby, an unusual bird of prey. For a longer walk, see the Penzance via Marazion Marsh Walk.

This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome. 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.

Cornerways Guest House

Close to the Path & bus/rail stations, Silver/Breakfast/Rose Awards. All rooms ensuite. Ideal touring base.

Mount View Hotel

Ten minutes from the Coast Path. Open all year. B*B includes a full Cornish breakfast. Dogs welcome and free of charge.

Honeydew Guesthouse

5 mins from the Coast Path, bus/train stations, town centre, pubs, and restaurants. Ideal location. We aim to make your stay a comfortable and memorable one. Dog friendly.

Number Nine B&B

Number Nine offers extremely comfortable accommodation in a lovely Georgian house in central Penzance. Conveniently situated for the South West Coast Path.

Mount Haven

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

Glencree House

We're a friendly, award-winning B&B located 50 yards from the Promenade. Cozy beds and great breakfasts in an award winning B&B

Keigwin House

Popular 'home from home', 5 minutes from the Path and town centre. Great breakfasts and a warm welcome awaits. 2 x standard single and 2 x family ensuite rooms

The Tremont Hotel

The Tremont is approx. 300 metres from the South West Coast Path offering quality bed & breakfast, packed lunches and drying facilities. Walkers welcome.

Lamorna House Homestay

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

Polmanter Touring Park

1.5 miles from St Ives, we offer the perfect base to explore West Cornwall offering award-winning camping facilities and 2 luxury apartments.

Lamorna Pottery B&B

We offer an en-suite family room sleeping 4 as well as double & twin rooms available. Single night stays. Evening meal by arrangement. Seating area and outlook onto patio and woods.

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.

Godolphin Arms

Located on the beachfront. Large restaurant with sea view terrace and 10 x en-suite rooms.

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.

St Michael's Mount

A tidal island, castle, family home, sub-tropical garden. History and adventure in every step

Explore In Cornwall

We provide guided day and half day walks on the South West Coast Path across Cornwall and other parts of the Trail. These are guided by Steve Crummay who has 30+ years experience of working in Cornwall's amazing coast and countryside.

Western Discoveries Walking Holidays

Western Discoveries are the local experts for walking holidays in Cornwall. They are based in West Cornwall and specialise in providing self-led walking holidays along Cornwall’s stunning coast path. Accommodation, luggage transfers, maps, their own detailed route notes and arrival/departure transfers from local transport terminals are all provided with an unparalleled attention to detail.

St Pol de Leon Church

Ancient church in village of Paul featuring unique heritage features, including World War 1 stained glass window

Interactive Elevation

Route Description

  1. The walk starts at the Station car park at the edge of Marazion. Pick up the South West Coast Path at the Penzance end of the car park, behind the cafe, turning right in front of the beach to head towards Penzance. The Coast Path heads west into Penzance along a footway shared with the National Cycle Network, continuing alongside the sea wall.

In the winter, thousands of starlings roost in Marazion Marsh, and at dusk you can watch the spectacle of huge flocks swooping across the sky as they gather for the night.

Marazion itself is an attractive small town that is well worth exploring, with an active community of artsts who produce and sell paintings and pottery in the numerous art galleries.

The famous St Michael’s Mount, managed by the National Trust, is linked to Marazion by a natural causeway passable at low tide.

In Cornish St Michael's Mount is Carrack Looz en Cooz, which translates as "the grey rock in the wood" and this may represent a folk memory of a time before Mount's Bay was flooded. Certainly, the Cornish name would be an accurate description of the Mount set in woodland. The Cornish legend of Lyonesse talks of land being inundated by the sea, and there is strong evidence of sea levels being much lower in the past, with the channels between the nearby Isles of Scillies only being inundated around 400–500 AD (see the Lost Land of Lyonesse Walk). Remains of trees have also been seen during low tides following storms on the beach at Perranuthnoe, just a few miles further along the coast from here.

  1. At the level crossing carry on ahead along the Coast Path, continuing through the car park beside the railway line.

 During summer the boulders forming the sea defences are full of wild flowers such as the pink mallow whose waxy leaves help conserve moisture in the harsh dry, salty conditions, that would kill most other plants. There are regular paths off the sea wall down onto Long Rock Beach, and dogs are allowed on this beach all year.

  1. As you arrive at the outskirts of Penzance carry on past the railway line footbridge.

Approaching Penzance station car park, you reach the Albert Pier, built in 1845-7 to provide shelter from south easterly gales. During a visit to Cornwall in September 1846, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Cornwall and landed at Penzance on the new pier, which was then still uncompleted.

  1. From Penzance Station car park you can either divert right, into the town, or carry on along the harbour towards Newlyn. There are further walks from here, either carrying on along the Coast Path towards Newlyn or following the Penzance Town Trail. To return to Marazion, either retrace your steps along the seawall or take a bus from Penzance Station.

Penzance is the most westerly and southerly railway station in England and was opened by the West Cornwall Railway in 1852 as the terminus of its line from Redruth, but was subsequently incorporated into Brunel’s Great Western Railway linking through to Paddington. The arch that is blocked up in the wall retaining the hillside behind the platforms was used by the railway as a coal store. Freight traffic, especially for the busy fish trade, was handled in a goods yard where the cars are now parked adjacent to the bus station.

Public transport

If you don’t want to retrace your steps to Marazion, there is a very regular bus service. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the railway station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

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In the Station car park

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