Walking Cape Cornwall to Botallack
Distance 2 miles (3.2 km).
Duration: 1hr 05min.
Grid reference SW353316 to SW364334.
Park your car in the large NT car park at Cape Cornwall. A good guidebook for the area is the National Trail Guide: SW Coast Path - Padstow to Falmouth by John Macadam. Walk up the road away from the car park and head for the wide track leading off left. The cove below you is Porthledden Cove. Continue up the track as it climbs steadily along Lower Boswedden Cliff. As it levels out near the top, take a little time out to look around or take photographs.
The lighthouse far left, is the automated Longships Lighthouse; the large rocks below left are The Brisons. The ruined chapel on the Cape is St. Helen's Oratory (early Christian). The stack on the Cape was part of the Cape Cornwall (St. Just United) Mine (closed 1870). Follow the path down into the valley, looking across to the fine headland of Kenidjack Castle.
Shortly you reach a wooden footbridge crossing a small stream on the valley floor. Now about 20 minutes into your walk, follow the path as it climbs away from Zawn Buzz and up to Kenidjack. Proceed along the route shown by the granite coastal footpath marker stone up and over the somewhat windy Kenidjack Castle. It is now a relatively flat path along Kenidjack Cliff the ¾ mile or so to The Crowns. On your route you should pass the remains of Wheal Edward and Wheal Owles, reaching the finish about 1 hour after setting out.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: