This 61 mile section of the South West Coast Path is a popular one for those looking to complete a week’s walking in Cornwall. The walk follows the most southerly point in Britain, and if you were hoping to tackle a section that the crowds often overlook then this is the one for you. The Lizard Peninsula is Cornwall’s forgotten corner, and that makes it even more fun to explore.
The South West Coast Path navigates its way through rocky landscapes where the only sound is waves crashing far below, and you’ll pass abandoned smugglers coves, windswept tin mines and some of the county’s rarest geology. It’s not all windswept uplands though, and if you complete the whole route you’ll be able to enjoy the huge difference in the landscapes of the Lizard’s east and west sides.
The west side feels a world away from everything, and you’ll be able to enjoy a challenging walk of rugged terrain. It’s a different story on the east side though, and you’ll find yourself passing through blooming gardens and wooded creeks as you head towards the Helford and Fal estuaries. The Penzance to Falmouth walk is a wildlife lover’s dream, as there’s the chance of spotting seals sunning themselves on the rocks, dolphins playing in the bays and even the odd basking shark along the way.
If you’re looking for a walk that veers away from the crowds and the well beaten track then the route between Penzance and Falmouth is perfect.