16. South West Coast Path (South Cornwall)

161. The Lizard to Mullion

Sunday 28th January 2018

Did the normal thing, got up early and left at 5am for the 5 hour drive to the Lizard.

Looking forward to some major landmarks, starting at the most southerly point (Lizard Point) of my round England walk and ending at the most westerly point (Land’s End) and passing the 2,000 mile mark. (It didn’t quite end up that way but this was the intention until mud intervened). Photography was not easy on this trip so often photographs from Geograph.org.uk are used and acknowledged.

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Towards Lizard Point (GR702116)

Parked in the lighthouse car park and continued on the coast path past Lizard Point (GR701114) and dropped down some stone steps to Pistil Meadow (GR669196) and then up the other side. There was thought to be a mass grave of 200 mariners here from the sinking of the Royal Anne Galley in 1721, but recent excavations have cast doubt on this.

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Towards Kynance Cove (GR695178)

The path is fairly level and after about half a mile reached steps down to Caerthillian Cove (GR695125) and up the other side. A long climb out of Caerthillian Cove above Pentreath Beach leads to the top of the high cliffs near a road.

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Caerthillian Cove (Geograph.org.uk)

The path continues along to a car park (GR689131) from which a gravel path leads to some rough stone steps to another gravel path. This gravel path becomes a set of rocky steps and then drops steeply down to the Kynance Cove (GR685133). This is reckoned to be the most photographed and painted spot in Cornwall because of the white sand and dark red and green serpentine rock. Not much of this in evidence today with the tide in and poor weather conditions. Because of the high tide it was a bit of a rock scramble across the back of the small cove with the waves threatening wet feet. At the other side of the cove went up some steps to an emergency telephone and then to a café that was closed for the winter.

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Kynance Cove (GR686133)

Not much at Kynance Cove really just a café a couple of uninhabited cottages and most importantly a bridge across the stream. Unfortunately the bridge is fenced off being unsafe so had to clamber across the rocks in the stream and then steeply up the other side.

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Kynance Cove (Geograph.org.uk)

At the end of the climb out of Kynance Cove reached quite an expanse of flat land on top of the cliffs. This is Lower Predannack Downs. Decided to take the track across this instead of going round by the coastal footpath. This may have been a mistake as it got extremely muddy on the track. However the track became a little better on approaching the ford at Jolly Town (GR680145). Nearby Predannack Airfield was built during the second world war and is now a satellite airfield to RNAS Culdrose – the large Royal Navy Air Station that seems to be encountered when driving anywhere in this part of Cornwall.

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Lower Predannack Downs near Jolly Town (Not my photograph and taken when very much less muddy – Geograph.org.uk)

The track soon got muddy again and in all it must have been a couple of miles of plodding over this really muddy bridleway all the way to Lower Predannack Wollas Farm (GR671161). Took a footpath here to reach the coastal path (GR669159). Back on the coastal there was soon a drop down to cross a stream at Parc Bean Cove (GR668159). The sunshine had long since gone and now back on the coast it was windy and a bit cold. A very muddy path along Higher Predannack Cliff and then Mullion Cliff led to the normal steep descent into Mullion Cove (GR667179).

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Parc Bean Cove (Geograph.org.uk)

Fighting the mud all day and possibly the early start and long drive had sapped my will so decided to follow the road into Mullion and the Old Inn (GR679191) where I was staying for the night. Had to get a taxi back to Lizard Point to pick up my car and drive back to Mullion to end a long day.

Days from Chepstow      161

Miles today                        8.3

Miles from Chepstow    1996.4

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