This walk from Lamorna to Marazion offers a tempting tropical cove, possibly the prettiest fishing village in England and a chance to explore an iconic Cornish heritage site, St Michael’s Mount. This is a particularly varied stretch of the 630-mile South West Coast Path, a route originally walked by coastguards patrolling for smugglers. Since 1978, it’s offered continuous access along the south-west peninsula, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset.
Continue towards Newlyn, picking up a tarmac path. When you reach a post marked ‘Penzance 2m’, bear right on to a concrete path, then climb back up to the road as you enter Newlyn. This port was both the home of the Newlyn School of Art, the Cornish equivalent of the impressionists, and one of the largest fishing fleets in the country.
HOW TO GET THERE
Penzance is the last stop on the Great Western Railway built by Isembard Kingdom Brunel. From here you can catch a bus to Lamorna, Mousehole and Marazion. Lamorna Cove car park has a strict pay and display policy.
FIND OUT MORE
The South West Coast Path National Trail
The stretch from Lamorna to Mousehole is steep and challenging. The section from Newlyn to Penzance is much easier going, and is accessible for wheelchairs.
The Ship Inn
South Cliff, Mousehole
Real ale pub on the harbour. Bakes stargazey pie for the locals every 23 December.
Lamorna TR19 6XH
Beautiful apartments overlooking the cove, with outdoor pool and sauna.