This glorious coastal walk follows the ragged and rocky Cornwall coastline alongside turquoise Atlantic waters from Mawgan Porth Beach to Harlyn Bay. Running for 11 miles on the South West Coast Path through a landscape of cliff-tops, dramatic headlands, lazy farmland and golden beaches, this is a strenuous but exhilarating route.
The birdlife is stunning with razorbills and guillemots nesting on cliffs and corn buntings making a comeback further inland, and history lovers can lose themselves in tales of smugglers plying their trade in the shadowy caves among the sea stacks and arches far below.
A particular highlight is the view over the prominent slate stacks of Bedruthan Steps near the start of the route, but that’s just one of many memorable spots on this wild Atlantic walk.
Once you’ve finished you can take the bus back to your start point (always check timetables before setting off), or if you’re feeling really energetic you could walk the route again in the opposite direction.
This route was voted 47th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A wild and wonderful coastal route packed with magical views, glorious wildlife and legendary tales of smuggling and skulduggery.
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