Most morning at Ednovean Farm I stretch out an ordnance survey map after breakfast, to give guest advice or pointers about their days out in west Cornwall and so today I thought I’d put a blog post together with some of my top tips. Today, I’m starting my blog series with walking days from Ednovean Farm along the coastal footpath.
I usually base my recommendations around the amount of time available, whether my guest likes to walk and soak up the atmosphere or see as many things as possible; whether my guest likes quiet atmospheric places or busy bustling days: culture vulture or garden pundit; ancient stone circles, quits and villages or harbours and sandy beaches – Cornwall has them all and it is just a question of putting together the right mix for you to choose from.
My first blog will be for a peaceful walking adventure which may be part or all of your day – over the next few weeks I’ll add to the mix to build a weekend recipe to choose from, just for you!
Walking to Perranuthnoe
Let’s start by assuming you are staying for a long weekend with us – if you’ve seen enough of your car for a while after driving to Cornwall, then perhaps a car free day of walking would be a great start to your holiday.
From Ednovean farm follow the public footpath across our fields and down through the village of Perranuthnoe in the valley below, to join the coastal footpath. Just above Perrans sandy beach and beside a café for real procrastination, two signs help you to decide if you would like walk east or west.
Walking eastwards towards Prussia Cove
This is a beautiful unspoilt piece of coastline with hidden craggy coves and deep dawns plunging down to the tide line where if you look closely you may see a seal cavorting. About one hours walk should take you as far as Cudden point (site of an Iron Age fort) with splendid views across Mounts bay to the Lizard. If you press on you pausing to admire the Prussia Cove, an ancient smugglers haunt, you should easily reach Praa sands in time for a morning cup of coffee or light lunch at the Sandsifter bar. Sore feet – well the Helston/ Penzance bus will pick you up from there just ask fro Perran cross roads to get home. But if you would like a day’s adventure, continue on passed the modern bungalows and out across the wilder stretch of cliffs taking in the iconic engine houses at Rinsey before dropping down to the historic harbour at Porthleven is worth stopping at The Ship Inn, a stalwart of The Good Pub Guide for many years, for a cooling beer before checking out the great fish restaurants that line the harbour for later. Normally guests that leave Ednovean at 10ish should expect to arrive in Porthleven about 3.30 just in time for a cream tea Again it is possible to catch the Penzance/Helston bus back
Walking westwards to Marazion and St Michael’s Mount
Again just above the beach a stile leads to a path that snakes behind a row of old granite cottages before hugging the Tamarisk lines earthy cliffs with lovely views of St Michael’s Mount to guide you along the way. If you would only like a short stroll before supper there is a bench on the first headland to watch the sun setting behind the Mount. But for our daytime walk we are going further and so One trick to look out for is to make sure you stay on the coastal footpath at Trenow cove or you’ll have a lot of clambering to do before you reach Marazion! Just beside the slipway to the cove look to the right and you’ll see a sign taking you back into the fields above and on around a granite headland before at last you’ll descend a set of metal steps to Top Teig beach. If the tide is in stay just under the cliff for the easiest path and then take one of the slipways off the beach to walk down through the village but at low tide drop down to the shore line and follow the sea to a tower to clamber up a narrow lane or even skirt Marazion harbour at very low tide to emerge by the causeway to St Michael’s Mount. Do remember that the Mount is closed on Saturdays and has restricted opening in the winter months. Allow one hour to walk to St Michael’s Mount from here with maybe an extra twenty, to walk the causeway and then climb the Mount. Check the Mounts opening times here:-
Maybe though you’d like to see as much as possible for your weekend in which case circumnavigating the peninsula in what has become known as “The Penwith Tour” may be a perfect day out for a good overview of the area.
The Penwith tour part one Marazion to Mousehole
The Penwith tour part two Merry Maids to Porthgwarra
The Penwith tour part three Land’s End
The Penwith tour part four Land’s End to St Ives