Easter in Cornwall II – Pendeen to Land’s End/Porthcurno on the South West Coast Path

Cornwall South West Coast Path Pedeen to Land's End/Porthcurno

Author: Prasana

18,6km – with Prasana.
↑590m ↓660m

Today wasn’t as bad as yesterday. I’m 5cm shorter and my feet are tired from all this walking yesterday but the path was much more comfortable to walk on today. Not too many ups and downs, the way even and well maintained. We started in Pendeen walking through an area of Geevor Mine and other disused tin mines. Cornwall was world leader in tin production in the 1860s/70s but production declined in the late 19th century due to overseas competitors. These days Geevor Mine is a museum. I could see Frodo walking through this landscape on his way to destroy the one ring. Maybe it wasn’t as dark but it was definitely an interesting area to walk through.

Cornwall South West Coast Path Pedeen to Land's End/Porthcurno

Author: Steffi

In Cape Cornwall we had a coffee stop with a fantastic date slice and chatted with Annie, a lovely bubbly lady working for National Trust. She gave us tips where to get nice food in the next villages and estimated times how long it would take us to get to Porthcurno. She also gave us advice on seal watching. Starting from May, June you can see seals everywhere long the Cornish coastline. April is a little to early as it’s still too cold, but if you’re lucky you can see some in Whitesand Bay, near St. Ives on Seal Island and definitely at Godrevy Point. (Wherever you are at the Cornish coast, ask the locals to show you (best on a map) where to see seals.)

Cornwall South West Coast Path Pedeen to Land's End/Porthcurno

Author: Steffi

We finished our walk in Land’s End, England’s most western tip, after 19km. Very touristy. From there we took a bus to Porthcurno where we stayed at a B&B. The good thing about small villages is that they have at least 2 pubs. And the locals can tell you to which one to go :-).

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2 Responses to Easter in Cornwall II – Pendeen to Land’s End/Porthcurno on the South West Coast Path

  1. Steffi says:

    Hi sebastian :),
    Oh wow, 1000miles is quite a distance. Have you ever walked the Seven Sisters? That’s between eastbourne and seaford, 1-2 days ahead of you. Basically not comparable, because it’s a nice ground to walk on, but that gives your legs an idea about the ups and downs of cornwall. We’ve also done a walk around folkstone, with climbing quite a cliff, but i’m not sure if that was on your way https://hikingmadness.wordpress.com/tag/folkestone/. hat was also similar to Cornwall. Cornwall might be less strenuous if you shorten the stages a little. We’ve done 24 and 18km. 12 would have been enough to not feel completely ‘dragfooted’ :). Also: you’ve got good boots as it looks like. I just had walking shoes. Boots would have been better to balance out the uneven path. And: do you have sticks with you? That might help as well.
    I’m looking forward to your next posts. I’ve done bits of the coast path here and there; i’m curious what you’ll write about it!

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  2. Hi Steffi, I found your comments about Cornwall really interesting (if a little worrying) as I am heading that way. I’m three weeks into a coastal walk from Dartford to Weston Super Mare that we’re calling ‘Sebastian’s Swagger’. I’m so far only at Rye in East Sussex so Cornwall is a month or two off yet. Keep in touch.

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