Exploring the South West coast path

The coast path around the south West peninsula of England, covers 630 miles through Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

One day I would love to run/walk the whole lot but for the moment I just explored a couple of sections whilst Lindley and other people I know took part in a 100 mile race – The Arc of Attrition from Coverack to Porthtowan.

Lizard point is the most southerly point in the UK and of the route. As you approach you see the lighthouse and YHA hostel. Following the path west takes you along to the point itself and a small cafe.

The coast path itself continues on along the headland but if you walk down past the café a concrete path goes around to the right and down to an old lifeboat station built in 1914 and closed in 1961, and small sheltered Cove.

From Lizard point we then visited the town of St Ives and found Warren Bakery, supposed to be the oldest Cornish pasty makers in the world. We enjoyed both pasties and Belgian buns!

St Ives is full of narrow streets and boutique shops along with numerous art galleries. A great place to wander round on a wet February afternoon.

After seeing some runners through the checkpoint here we continued along the coast to the dunes just before Godrevey Point.

Although bleak at this time of year the coastline is still stunning with the path rolling along the cliff edges.

From here it was on to Porthtowan where the race ended.

Returning to Porthtowan the following day Lindley and I ran the mile and a half to Chapel Porth and back.

Caves on the beach at Chapel Porth.

Chapel Porth has a National Trust car park, toilets and cafe and on another day would make a good start/finish point for a run up to St Agnes.

Whilst in Cornwall we stayed in the caravan at a small site near Truro however I won’t name it as it is not somewhere I will be recommending.

This photo of the electric hook up probably says it all.

Next we are off to Oswestry in Shropshire and hopefully more trails to explore.

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