Wedged between St Austell Bay and the Rivey Fower estuary, we don’t really have to tell you that Gribbin Head’s views are stunning. Even better, there are some easy walks around the area so if you start at the National Trust car park at Coombe Farm you’ll be able to admire the scenery that inspired some of Daphne du Maurier’s finest novels.
This walk may seem a better idea on a bright sunny day when the surrounding water sparkles, but if you pick a slightly cooler day when the mist rolls in from the sea you’ll experience the atmosphere that no doubt captured the imagination of Fowey’s impressive residents from the literary world.
First time walkers in this area will be struck by Gribbin Head’s exposure, and as you wander you’ll see sandy beaches, rolling meadows and the dramatic craggy coves that have characterised Cornwall for so many years.
If you decide to head east instead of west then you can travel to Polruan by ferry – and we’d recommend the cream tea at Lansallos Barton Farm. If you’ve got the energy, clamber the steep path down to Lantic Bay beach, if you can make it down the sight of this stretch of coast will stay with you for a long time after you leave.