I have walked several section of the Cornish Coastal Path over the years but the most delightful stretch I've yet walked is between Cape Cornwall and Portheras Cove. I first walked this section a few years ago and was able to return this summer to relive the experience.
I picked the pathway up just to the west of Kenidjack Farm ( look for the turning at the bottom of the hill in the village of Nancherrow as you leave St Just) and followed the waymarkers up over the hillside, through an area littered with old mine workings. Once on the pathway, I headed in a generally northerly direction past what is probably the most famous stretch of old mining heritage landscape in Cornwall.
The pathway is usually fairly level although stony underfoot; it twists and turns around the headlands until you get your first glimpse of a truly surreal sight, namely that of the two engine houses of the Crown mines at Botallack, sat way down on the rocks almost in the spray from the crashing waves. This was one of the deepest mines in Cornwall, and as with the equally impressive Wheal Coates mine further along the north coast at St Agnes, the workings did at one time reach out beneath the seabed for at least half a mile. The engine houses occasionally slip out of view until you round the final headland to see them in all their glory and once seen, they are never forgotten.
The path continues north with stunning seascapes to my left and even more mining buildings to my right including Levant and Geevor, all the way to Portheras Cove where I turn around and begin to retrace my steps.
Throughout this walk of 4-5 hours, i saw no more than a dozen fellow walkers, all of whom seemed equally as enraptured with the scenery and history as I. Other northern sections I have walked recently include Trevaunance Cove to Gwithian and on the southern path, the long stretch between Dodman Point and Rame Head. But, if you a chance to walk just one section of this truly amazing coastal path, make it this stretch, for you will love it.
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