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.

AG Properties Cornwall

2 Bed self catering Apartment, Penzance. Walking distance to town centre and South West Coast path. Free parking.

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!

Guest Lodge

Guest Lodge Penzance offers affordable, compact, en-suite accommodation with contactless self-check in just off the Penzance Promenade.

Panorama Guest House

A small, friendly, family-run guest house in Newlyn, ideally situated for access to the Coastal Path and with bus stops right outside. Dogs welcome by prior arrangement.

Mariner's Cottage, Mousehole

Recently refurbished cottage sleeps 4. Water's edge garden and far reaching views of Mount's Bay. Dog friendly.

The Old Chapel

With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this beautifully converted chapel has comfort, character and style. Ideally situated for walking the SWCP around the Lands End peninsula.
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.

Penzance Welcome Centre

Penzance Welcome Centre is an accessible tourist and community information centre, conveniently located next to Penzance Rail and Bus station.

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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.


In the Station car park

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    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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