Walks And Walking – Lands End Cornwall South West Coastal Path Walking Route
Although we were disappointed they take the Land’s End sign down out of hours it didn’t put a dampener on our walk, although it wasn’t very good walking weather as it was quite windy and drizzly. Still the South West Coastal Path (SWC Path) walking route in Cornwall always throws up some great treats and offer some inspiring walking routes. In a way the wind and rain clears the mind as you walk this beautiful landscape.
Having braved walking shorts again, I only really do it to see the expressions on people’s faces when they see me and think “Is he mad?!” Stowing my waterproof jacket in my rucksack we set off maps in hand to cover about 8 miles and taking us an expected 3 or 4 hours in my favourite walking boots.
Starting from the Land’s End famous sign at about 9am we headed North to find the broad SWC Path with the Gamper on our left up to Maen Castle Fort and then on to Pedn-men-du. Heading upwards to The Tribbens with Cowloe slightly out to sea we could just about make out some sealions by the rocks which was a delight. following the path we then turned right to head down through houses to the beach at Whitesand Bay to find a large group of surfers waiting patiently for some waves.
Following the sand banks and dunes we walked the whole of the beach passing Escalls and Trevedra cliffs up to Aire Point where we headed up Gurland Cliff to join the pathway which was now starting to lead us back towards Land’s End but more inland than coastal. Being careful not to follow the pathways leading back to the beach we stuck to our course to join a track leading past the camp site at Trevedra Farm which then started to bend round to the left and off course. Here we turned right to stay on the top of the cliff edge to Carn Towan and Near Mayon Green.
We then rejoined part of the SWC Path we had already walked in to the houses overlooking the beach and then back up the hill taking the second pathway turning on our left past the hotel leading us to the beginning of a minor road where we turned right to follow the pathway parallel to the wide track, again always keeping to the top of Mayon Cliff which then led us straight back to Land’s End where the sign had been installed and a queue of tourist prepared to pay £15 for a photograph were waiting.
We then drove out of the car park to The First and Last Inn, Sennen, Lands End, Cornwall for a few local ales which went down a treat.
More photographs from this walk can be found here: Land’s End Walking Route