Most morning at Ednovean Farm I stretch out an ordnance survey map after breakfast. The big question is What shall I do?
This blog looks at our nearest walks along the coastal footpath to the east and west of Perranuthnoe.
Making the right choices
I usually base my recommendations around the amount of time available. Depending on whether my guest likes to walk and soak up the atmosphere or see as many things as possible. Some of my guests likes quiet atmospheric places, whilst others like busy bustling days. Are they a culture vulture or garden pundit?
Are they a culture vulture or garden pundit? Are they intersted in ancient stone circles, quoiits and villages or harbours and sandy beaches? Cornwall has them all and it is just a question of putting together the right mix for a perfect holiday.
Walking to Perranuthnoe
The first simple choice, is a car free day exploring our local coastal footpath on foot. And where better tho begin than in the village below us – Perranuthnoe.
From Ednovean farm follow the public footpath across our fields to the village of Perranuthnoe, to join the coastal footpath. Look out for the signs, just above Perran’s sandy beach and beside a café, for amoment of real procrastination! Two signs, two choices to walk eastwards to Prussia Cove or westwards to Marazion.
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 to Penzance bus will pick you up from there. Just ask for Perran cross roads to get home.
Or continue for a day’s walk to Porthleven?
- But if you would like a day’s adventure, continue from Praa Sands along the wilder stretch of cliffs that lead to Porthleven.
- The iconic engine houses at Rinsey come into view along with Rinsey cove , followed by the historic harbour at Porthleven
- It is worth stopping at The Ship Inn, a stalwart of The Good Pub Guide for many years, for a cooling beer and checking out the great fish restaurants that line the harbour.
- Normally guests that leave Ednovean on foot at 10ish should expect to arrive in Porthleven about 3.30. That is 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. 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 to Marazion, 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 Trenow cove look to the right and you’ll see a sign back up to the coastal footpath.
- Follow the path around a granite headland, before finally descending a set of metal steps to Top Teig beach.
- If the tide is in, stay just under the cliff. This is the easiest path across the rocks. then take one of the slipways off the beach to walk down through the village.
- At low tide drop down to the shore line and follow the sea to a tower beside a narrow lane.
- It is possible to skirt Marazion harbour at very low tide, to emerge by the causeway to St Michael’s Mount.
Do remember that St Michael’s Mount is closed on Saturdays and has restricted opening in the winter months. Allow one hour to walk to St Michael’s Mount from Ednovean Farm. Add on an extra twenty minutes, to walk the causeway and then climb the Mount. Check the Mounts opening times here:-
The Penwith Tour by Car
“The Penwith Tour” via car or the opentopped bus form Penzance,may be a perfect day out with 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