Walking Land's End to Sennen Cove
Distance 1.3 miles (2.1 km).
Grid reference SW342253 to SW350263.
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This walk was undertaken in reverse
Park your car at one of the car parks in Sennen Cove village. An excellent guidebook is the West Cornwall & Land's End Peninsula Guidebook (Friendly Guide). With the sea to your right head towards the 'Roundhouse Gallery' - a converted capstan house and sail loft. Pass the toilets and the 'Cape Cornwall Pilot Gig Club'. Follow the small white coast path sign up and left. Walk up the 30 or so steps, concrete at first but soon becoming granite, onto Mayon Cliff. The large flat rock below you outside Sennen Cove harbour is known as Cowloe Rock with the sea channel known as the Tribbens.
On nearing the old castellated lookout atop Pedn-Mên-Du, the path begins to level out. Where the route forks, bear left following the true coast path. The right hand path offers a quick view of Longships Lighthouse, a mile offshore, but this can be better seen from the railings at the lookout. Continue climbing gently, pausing awhile to look at the slightly strange shaped rock below you.
This is the 'Irish Lady'. Drop down gently along Mayon Cliff, looking across the large chasm that is Castle Zawn to the headland at Land's End. This is Dr. Syntax's Head and the rock just offshore is known as The Peal. Follow the path up again to the Iron Age Maen Cliff Castle grid reference SW348258 - not all that large or all that level from which to defend!. Be sure to keep to the marked paths so as to reduce erosion of the landscape.
Shortly after leaving the ramparts of the cliff castle, you enter a boggy area crossed by a couple of small streams at Carn Clog. Crest a little rise and keep seaward to reach Dr. Syntax's Head, otherwise known as Land's End.
A few metres further on you are greeted by the large complex of the 'Land's End Experience'. From here it is a flat 5 minute walk to Dr. Johnson's Head with its Land's End Hotel and Theme Park. This is Land's End (Land's End 5°43'W 50°04'N).
How many of those day-trippers even take the time to venture a few hundred metres south to see the most spectacular (natural) items of all - The Armed Knight, the tremendous rock arch at Enys Dodnan and the thundering seas at Pordenack Point?
Have you visited Sennen Cove's Beach Complex?...Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Evening Meals - For Reservations Tel: (01736) 871191.