South West Coast Path

A personal record of my walk of part of the South West Coast Path in 2002 with written journal and photographs. Tracklogs for GPS units and for use with Google Earth are available for download for each stage.

Journal, Photographs and Download Files

Stage 8: Penzance to Land's End
Statistics and Files
Start: Penzance Finish: Land's End Distance: 15.2 miles (24.4 km)
Time: 6-8 hours Climbing: 1,098 metres Rating: Strenuous
GPX Route File Google Earth File About Penzance
Statistics
Start: Penzance Finish: Land's End
Distance: 15.2 miles (24.4 km) Time: 6-8 hours
Climbing: 1,098 metres Rating: Strenuous
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)
Please note that while we divert from the true path on occasions the map and track files for download are of the full permissive route for each stage we did.

Stage Report

Shaped like a submarineShaped like a submarine
Cruising to Land's EndCruising to Land's End

Nothing could stop me now, I felt absolutely superb. As we said our goodbyes to our overnight hosts I set out ahead of Dave and Steve. I was never to see them again until Penzance. I paced out of Mullion determined to cross Loe Bar and the sinking sands to reach Porthleven without stopping. This I did easily although I made the mistake of staying on the sands after the Bar.

The coastline between Mousehole and LamornaThe coastline between Mousehole and Lamorna
Lamorna CoveLamorna Cove

Later Steve and Dave did the same. We were all wrong. It would have been much easier on firm ground. After ten minutes break in Porthleven I motored on to Trewavas Head, Rinsey Head and Praa Sands. The chimneys at Trewavas head were a spectacular sight.

Winding path to the clifftopWinding path to the cliff top
Party timeParty time

At Praa Sands I was knackered from the pace I had set myself but after another break of 10-15 minutes I was refreshed and ready to go for Cudden Point, Marazion and St Michaels Mount. I stepped out again and motored. I had never felt so strong for a long time and know I made extremely good time. The sun was shining, the views were stunning, in particular the early panoramas of St Michaels Mount.

Walking the final mileWalking the final mile
Journeys end at Land's EndJourneys end at Land's End

As I approached St Michaels Mount I even considered doing Lands End today. I walked past the mount and through the bustling village that is Marazion until I hit the sands and beach lovers. Here I stopped for a burger and a cup of tea, fuel for my final push to Penzance. There was your usual mix of British beach holidaymakers between Marazion and Penzance, but amongst the chaff a few belles to behold. I marched on and was even stopped by one or two people who wished to shake my hand for my achievement. I was honoured.


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