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South West Coast Path, Cornwall
June 2004

During one of our weeks holidays Amy and myself went off to Cornwall.  We stayed in Penzance at a friends house, the first night, getting a good nights kip before we lived in the van for 6 days.   I managed to get a surf in at gwenvor that night, this small bay overlooks sennen cove on the lands end peninsula, the surf was quite small but the scenery more than made up for the lack of waves, walkers high above on the coast path were enjoying their views as much as we were.  

The south west coast path is 630 miles long and hugs the towering cliffs and undulating meadowland from Poole in Dorset to minehead in Somerset, and from the path on a good day you can see miles of storm battered coastline, washed with the crystal clear, blue sea. The walking can be very hard, climbing up steep cliffs only to drop down into another town or village after a mile or so, but the visual rewards are always present. There are many campsites, pubs and b+bs on the way; I have also seen a lot of tents pitched just off the path, on the grassy cliffs, obviously enjoying the view out of the front door.

We have walked quite a lot of the path but not in one go, doing sections which took our fancy, to complete the path non stop would be a huge undertaking, requiring plenty of holiday time and leg power, doing it in weekly sections makes the path well manageable for most able walkers. On the path, especially in Cornwall, you pass a lot of tin mine workings, some have visitor centres, where you go down into a mine and see the conditions the miners had to endure. St Ives is very pretty, well worth a visit, famed for its art galleries, especially the Tate that overlooks porthmeor beach. Cornwall has many interesting and unusual coastal towns all worth a visit, even just for a well-earned cup of tea. A few photographs here will say more than I ever could.

To find out more about the coast path tel 01392 383560 or e mail

Ginge Scarff


Photos: Ginge Scarff

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