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“Views, history, scenery and peace & quiet, what more could you wish for?”

Reviewed 12 October 2012

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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Reviewed 6 May 2012

Each time I stay in St Ives I walk this section of the coastal path. It's all lovely but the views beyond Carbis Bay are particularly stunning. In spring the hedgerows along the path are a mass of flowers. Today I counted primroses, violets, red campion, herb robert, bluebells, arum lilies, celandines, selfheal and buttercups. When you come out of the wooded area above Porth Kidney sands the view takes your breath away. The sea (on sunny days) is translucent turquoise and the beach is pale gold. It's possible to pick your way through the dunes down to the beach, excellent for driftwood, and along to the Hayle estuary. As you turn the corner up the beach by the estuary there are a series of grottos set in the cliffs, and little streams running down to soak into the sand. There's a loo and cafe at Carbis Bay, very few facilities beyond there unless you walk right up to Lelant.

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Reviewed 17 April 2012

I enjoy the Juassic coast of the south of england but never expected the views would extend this far west to Cornwall. The path is extremely safe and well cared for especially if you consider the amount of people who walk it. Go prepared as the wind and change of weather can catch you out

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Reviewed 23 April 2011

In my opinion the Cornwall section of the South West Coast Path offers the best views on it. It stretches along rocky cliffs, visits quaint villages and passes the iconic Lands End. I particularly recommend the section from St Ives to Lands End, passing historic tin workings and offering spectacular views.

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