Walk - Perranuthnoe from Marazion seafront

3.2 miles (5.1 km)

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

Easy - Coast Path along the beach, through dunes, on pavements, lanes and footpaths. Level walking throughout apart from one gentle uphill section.

A one-way walk to the Victoria Inn in Perranuthnoe, dating back to the twelfth century and said to be the one of the oldest recorded inns in Cornwall. After making its way through the picturesque streets of Marazion, with its galleries, gift shops and tearooms, the Coast Path pulls out around the edge of Mount's Bay, past the old mine workings at Trenow, whose enormous cylinder engine prompted a state visit from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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.

Mount Haven

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

Lamorna House Homestay

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

Mountview 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.

Cornerways Guest House

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Beachpads

Three stunning holiday homes (2 x 4-Bed & 1 x 2 Bed) located on the Coast Path, at Lelant in St Ives Bay with absolute sea and beach front position, unrivalled vista.

Penhayl Cottage

Very quiet 5 star house, full central heating. 2 Beds/2 Bathrooms, lounge overlooking Hayle Estuary RSPB reserve & SSSI. 10 minute walk to bus & Inn.

The Lookout

Set in Mousehole, The Lookout offers everything you need for a short stay. Ideal for those who are looking for a boutique hotel experience, but would like to self cater.

Creekside B&B

Creekside B&B in Hayle welcomes you warmly with ensuite rooms, free wifi & a tasty breakfast. Transport links, cafes, restaurants & shops are nearby.

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.

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.

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Route Description

  1. From the Station car park on Long Rock Road drop down onto the beach and turn left to walk towards Marazion. Alternatively, follow the pavement alongside the road to where the seawall stops and the dunes begin. Carry on ahead along the South West Coast Path as it meanders through the dunes, crossing the Red River on the footbridge. Continue through the seafront car park into Marazion, following the road past the Godolphin Arms and on along the road to the Square.

The dramatic winter storms at the beginning of 2014 scoured unusual amounts of sand from Mounts Bay, revealing evidence of the ancient forest that is known to have existed here in prehistoric times. The storm uncovered pine and oak trunks some two to five metres long, as well as the remains of hazel thickets and well-preserved cob nuts and acorns. These were part of the extensive forests which were still growing across the bay between 4000 and 6000 years ago, as the Neolithic (Late Stone Age) period gave way to the Bronze Age, when hunter gatherers started settling down and early agriculture began.

St Michaels Mount was known in Cornish as 'Karrek Loos yn Koos', meaning 'Grey Rock in the Wood'. At the end of the eleventh century, chronicler John of Worcester wrote that today's island was located inland during his time, some five or six miles from the sea and enclosed in a thick wood.

St Michael's Mount was a busy maritime centre as long ago as 350 BC, when trading ships exported Cornish tin to other European countries. In 495, the Archangel St Michael is said to have appeared to some fishermen on the island, and within a few years it had become a thriving religious centre. After the Norman invasion of 1066 it was granted to the French Benedictine abbey of Mont St Michel, and the chapel on its summit was built in 1135. Throughout the medieval period, and later, the island was the scene of a number of alleged miracles, as well as being involved in several battles (see the St Michael's Mount Walk).

In 1257 Marazion was granted a charter by Henry III, making it the oldest chartered town in Cornwall. A charter generally granted a town permission to hold fairs and markets, and royal approval was required before any changes could be made to the timing or venue of either. Marazion was named after its markets: Marghas Byghan ('Small Market' in Cornish) and Marghas Yow ('Thursday Market').

  1. Carry on past the King's Arms and on along the Market Place and then Fore Street beyond it. Ignore School Lane on the left to continue along Higher Fore Street and then Turnpike Road.
  2. When Trevenner Lane leaves on the left, the Coast Path leaves the road to return to the shoreline. Turn right to follow the acorn waymarker, taking the footpath to the left at the bottom of the lane. Stay on the Coast Path as it hugs the shoreline past Venton Farm, ignoring the footpath inland past the farm to walk around Trenow Cove.

The old mine workings here were part of Trenow Consols, which started producing copper in the middle of the nineteenth century. Trenow incorporated an old mine named Carn Perran, with an 85" cylinder engine, and it was important enough for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to visit when they were in Penzance. Its success was short-lived, and by 1847 its engine, horse whims and materials were advertised for sale, although a good £1000 of ore was raised from the Carn Perran adit after this. It was later reopened to run as part of the Charlotte United Mine Group.

The low-growing trees along this part of the path with the feathery branches are tamarisk. This Mediterranean plant likes dry, sandy soil and thrives on sea air. Tamarisk groves can be seen right the way around the Cornish coastline

  1. Follow the Coast Path around the old mine workings, carrying on above the shoreline around Basore Point. Ignore the path inland to continue around two more small headlands. As you approach Perranuthnoe the Coast Path heads a little way inland, coming out in the car park above the beach cafe at Perran Sands. Leave the Coast Path here, walking up through the car park and continuing up the lane to the junction. Turn left here to visit the church, but otherwise carry on up the lane to the Victoria Inn, a short distance ahead.
  2. To return to the Station car park at the start of the walk, either retrace your steps along the Coast Path or take a bus back.

Perranuthnoe has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and a number of flint tools have been found in the district dating from Middle and Late Stone Age times. Tin was being traded from here by around 2000 BC, in the Bronze Age, and it is thought that there is a chambered tomb in a field still known as Parc-an-Chamber. The 1086 Domesday Book lists it as 'The Manor of Uthno', with a population of eight smallholders, seven villagers and three slaves. Around 1830 the prosperity of the tin and copper mines had boosted its population to over a thousand, but  as the price of tin and copper fell and the mines closed this dwindled to 742.

Uthno's Manor was also associated with St Piran (hence the name Perranuthnoe). Cornwall's national saint is said to have washed up on a millstone on the other Perran Sands (in North Cornwall), after he was banished from Ireland in the fifth century (see the St Piran's Walk). He built his first small chapel on a rocky outcrop on Perranporth Beach which still bears the name Chapel Rock. He built an Oratory in the dunes behind the beach some time later, and began to preach from there. His sermons were very popular, and the tiny chapel was repeatedly enlarged to accommodate his congregations. There was also a graveyard attached; and nineteenth-century archaeologists excavating it discovered a very large skeleton with no head. St Piran was said to be enormous, and after he died (aged 200 - see the Speke's Mill Mouth Walk) his head was was kept in a sacred box, bound with iron and locked, and carried around the county.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Falmouth and Penzance, stopping at Perranuthnoe. For details click on the interactive map, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33 where the call centre is open from 0700 to 2200 every day except Christmas Day.
First in Devon & Cornwall Bus 13 stops at St Piran's Way in Perranuthnoe. First in Devon & Cornwall Bus 2 stops at Perran Crossroads on the A394 north of the village. Both journeys take no longer than 10 minutes and both stop in Marazion.

Parking

In Station car park, at the start of the walk.

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