Walks And Walking – Morwenstow Walk In Cornwall
We stayed in Appledore, a small fishing village on the North Devon coast that sits on the confluence of the Taw and Torridge river, for a week with the family at the delightful Lands Court Holiday Cottages.
For my first allocated day of walking I drove to Morwenstow in Cornwall, which is on the North Devon border, for a demanding 5 mile circular coastal walk.
The walk started at the Rectory Farm Tea Rooms and Garden car park where I headed straight down to the church stile and, keeping to the right hand side, down the track and over the stile straight in to the woodland to see an abundance of bluebells and flowering wild garlic.
I continued to follow this track over a bridge and then steeply up the short bank to the open fields and glorious views across the countryside and back to the church. I then walked around the right hand side of the field until I reached the drive for Westcott Farm.
I then walked left through a gate and kept left around the field edge, crossed a stile and walked around the right hand side of the barn through a gate and down the lane. It was here that I saw one of the best waymarkers ever!
I continued my walk to Cornakey Farm where I walked left and followed the sign that said Alternative Path Avoiding Farmyard to a gate on my right hand side where I then walked left down the steps and turned right at the green lane.
At the next gate I walked straight ahead through the next gate towards Marsland Manor and then kept left across the field downhill to a hedge bank where I then crossed the stile in to more woodland which led steeply all the way down to then cross a couple of footbridges.
I then walked uphill following the waymarkers through a meadow where I crossed a stile to a lane and turned left to then pass Marsland Manor.
I continued up the lane turning left at the sign for Marsland Mouth where I then walked along the track downhill through a gate keeping left at the cottage on my right hand side where I then followed the track all the way down to the South West Coast Path at the Marsland Cliff waterfall.
From here the walk back along the coastal path was nice and easy so I put my map away and just enjoyed the phenomenal rugged coastline and amazing views.
From Marsland Cliff I passed the viewpoint at Cornakey Cliff to Yeol Mouth and another waterfall crossing over a footbridge up to Henna Cliff and another beautiful viewpoint until I eventually reached the Hawkers Hut Waymarker.
With Morwenstow church in easy view from the cliffs I then walked left and headed back to the gates of the churchyard and back to the car park.
This walk was 5 miles long and took me 2 hours and 40 minutes with a relaxing lunch break in between!