Top Walks in West Cornwall
Discover the wild west’s stellar sights and follow the footsteps of modern troubadour Simon Arbitrage’s poetic pilgrimage around the South West Coast Path where his famous words are practically palpable in the enticing sea air.
With over two hundred miles of coastal pathways fringing a richly diverse interior, Cornwall is something of a rambler’s dream destination. From World Heritage Site mining landscapes to cultural attractions, historic landmarks, harbours, heathlands and rivers – whether you wish to hike the entire circumference or simply adventure on foot – West Cornwall is awash with a variety of top-notch walks.
From the Carbis Bay area, the coastal path gravitates either in the direction of north Cornwall or west towards Lands End. Past Porthminster Beach and the harbour toward the Island and Porthmeor Beach, there are a number of must-see cultural sights including the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Further along towards the village of Zennor, you’ll find locals’ haunt, The Tinner’s Arms a warmly welcoming respite, while a visit to St Senara’s Church reveals a carved depiction of the fabled Mermaid of Zennor. Head off track with a diversion inland to one of West Cornwall’s most striking megaliths at Zennor Quoit before rejoining the coastal path towards Gurnard’s Head.
Trail ragged rock formations further west to Morvah, Pendeen, St Just and Cot Valley, where concealed coves, engine houses and standing stones flank small villages scattered throughout majestic moorlands. A number of circular paths of differing length will lead you round highlights Carn Kenidjack (or ‘Hooting Cairn’), Geevor Tin Mining Museum and Pendeen Lighthouse.
All walkways in the Lands End vicinity are recommended – from Sennen Cove round to the realms of Rosamund Pilcher’s romances at Porthgwarra and the famed Minack Theatre (complete with café), where open air performances are set against the beguiling backdrop of Logan’s Rock and staggeringly scenic, Porthcurno Beach.
Visit the Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno before setting off to Penberth for a short winding walk, or continue further east for the Lamorna to Mousehole stretch. Both are replete with incredible lookouts and inviting stop-offs such as the Logan Rock Inn, Lamorna Cove Café and Mousehole harbour’s cobbled assortment of galleries, cafés and shops.
From Penzance, take a stroll through the village of Gulval to the paradisiacal, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and Lime Tree Café, or pursue the coastal path for the Marazion to Perranuthnoe or Praa Sands routes. Further on, Rinsey, Porthleven and The Lizard – especially the enigmatic Kynance Cove – all beckon.
Arguably one of the best views and walks over West Cornwall culminates in the grand apex of Trencrom Hill, a Neolithic hill fort near Lelant. The top of this tremendous Cornish cairn affords a breathtaking bird’s eye view as the plethora of far-reaching sights scan from St Ives Bay and Hayle Estuary on the north coast round to Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount on the south, bestowing mesmeric land and seascapes from every awe-inspiring angle.
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