16. South West Coast Path (South Cornwall)

164. Perranuthnoe to Penzance

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Today looks a bit cloudy a little colder but not raining thankfully.

Took a taxi to Perranuthnoe (GR540293) and set out on the path on low-muddy looking cliffs overlooking Perran Sands. The mud on the path does not seem too bad just yet, and coming around small headland of Maen-du Point (GR536292) got the first view of St Michael’s Mount and the bay around to Penzance.

St Michael’s Mount from Maen-du Point (Geograph.org.uk)

Entered National Trust Boat Cove and passed the house of Trenow (GR533298) to reach Trenow Cove National Trust. A few yards along the beach by a couple of benches climbed up over a stile and continued along the low clifftop. The path went to the seaward side of a large outcrop of rock and then through an area of hedging to reach some steel steps leading down onto the beach. Bit of a rock scramble for about 50 metres to reach a fairly steep path leading off the beach. Seems to be mainly vegetable fields all along here – brassicas of some sort.

Trenow Cove (Geograph.org.uk)

Reached a private road and turned right up a quite steep climb to reach the main road (GR529306) and houses on the outskirts of Marazion. Wind-driven and cold rain started while walking through Marazion on the busy main road.

Marazion (GR520306)
Bank and King’s Arms, Marazion (GR520306)

Left the road to use a good path through the sand dunes after leaving Marazion but soon rejoined the road (GR514310) for a short while to a car park at The Station House (GR506312).

St Michael’s Mount (GR520306)

There then followed a relentless plod along a sea wall into a biting wind and at times very cold rain. The misery was relieved a little by the fun of listening to a dog owner swearing at his dog as it chased towards horses on the beach.

Horses on beach, Marazion (GR500313)

The sea wall path followed the railway line into Penzance with the railway lines on the right and a sandy beach on the left. After the bus and rail station (GR476305) crossed the large harbour car park to follow the road round the docks to the Dock Inn (GR474300).

Dock Inn, Penzance (GR477300)

Once again the weather had dulled my enthusiasm and I decided not to continue on to Mousehole which had been my target for the day. Instead I went to bed for the afternoon and drove home the following day.

This had been a difficult trip mainly due to the mud particularly on the first couple of days that seemed to take the strength out of my legs. Disappointed not to make it to Land’s End but that will be for next time.

Days from Chepstow      164

Miles today                        5.8

Miles from Chepstow    2017.5


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