Walking Penberth to Lamorna Cove
Distance 4 miles (6.4 km).
Duration: 2hr 35min.
Grid reference SW402226 to SW450240.
Park your car in the large car park at Treen. Facing the coast, head towards the bottom left corner of the field. Follow the route indicated by the footpath markers down through sloping fields and over a stile. After about 10 minutes you reach a track leading steeply at times, down through a wooded valley to Penberth Cove....our true start point.
Proceed past buildings to the foreshore. Look for a narrow path up the cliff in the left hand corner of the cove. Continue climbing until you reach the top, taking time out for a breather or to take a couple of photographs. Make your way down through the bushes as the path twists and turns on its way above Le Scathe Cove.
Now about 25 minutes into your walk drop down, via steps, to the track above the small boulder-strewn beach of Porthguarnon. Cross the stream and climb up the steep eastern side of the valley, once again by steps, to reach a level path once again. The path forks here the left hand path leading back to the main B3315 road via Treverven Farm & Campsite. Keep right to follow the path up and along Trevedran Cliff passing the strangely named Coffin Rock. The footpath now continues onto the rather windswept Merthen Point. Take five minutes out here to look ahead to the cliffs at Boscawen Point and back to Treryn Dinas and the Logan Rock. It is now a relatively simple descent down into St. Loy's Cove. Our route can be followed in the 'Classic Walks Cornwall - Book 2'
The wide boulder strewn coves here are Paynter's Cove and St. Loy's Cove - our mid point. Note the vegetation becoming more sub-tropical in nature as you enter this suntrap of a cove. The large house here 'Cove Cottage' now offers refreshments and light meals daily (except Mondays) between Easter and the 30th of September, they can be contacted on (01736) 810010. Climb up onto the summit of Boscawen Point - grid reference SW431229, and pass the small chasms of Chough Zawn and Zawn Gamper to your right.
Now at Carn Silver look back to the unmistakable cliffs at Porthcurno (Treryn Dinas and Logan Rock). Pass through a couple of wide gates heading along the wide track to Tater-Du lighthouse at grid reference SW440230.
Continue along Rosemodress Cliff passing the inlet of Tol Toft. Pass the sign indicating 'Oliver's Land - 'a place for solitude' and part of the Dorminack estate of Derek and Jeannie Tangye - author of the 'Minack Chronicles'. Derek Tangye purchased the 17 acres of the land he lived on and left it in trust as a Nature Reserve. For more information please see the Friends of Minack Society website. Take care all along this stretch as the path runs near to the cliff edge. Continue northeast as you pass Gazell before climbing up and over Carn Barges to enter Tregurnow Cliff above Lamorna Point. Shortly you pass a small Celtic cross on the cliff below you.
As you proceed east along Tregurnow Cliff, the path wends its way over boulders and down to Lamorna Cove's upper car park. Take the gravel path through the car parks and into the cove itself where refreshments will be available 'in season'. Look around the harbour and east to Carn Du and the next walk Lamorna Cove to Mousehole over Carn-Du to Mousehole and Newlyn.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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