South West Coast Path

Walking with Kids… where is the question!

The South West Coast path is home to 630 miles of the most breath taking views as well as being the UK’s longest and most loved National Trail.

We are lucky to be located in central Cornwall which means we get the best of both the North and South Cornish Coasts. There are lots of lovely walks to do which vary in both ascent. descent and length. The boys still have relatively little legs although they will keep going for miles if you throw a Percy Pig their way! Walking with kids in Cornwall can be fun- I promise you!

Lunchtime at Chapel Point

Portmellon & Bodrugan’s Leap (South Coast)

Length: 5.4 miles (depending if you do the circular)

Time: 3 hours ish….

Great for: Coastal Scenary and seal spotting

This is a great one for appreciating the EPIC coast that we live by.  Start at Gorran Haven (PL26 6JG) which is a small coastal village. There are loos near the car park and a little shop in case you need some snacks/ drinks. It’s a lovely little beach too for either a pre starter paddle or a post walk chill.

Burning energy!

Follow the road down to the beach and then veer off away from the beach up the hill along Church Street and then turn right onto Cliff walk. At the end of cliff walk there is a footpath off to the left just in front of the Cream house with blue windows (Little Perhaver). You are now on the South West Coast Path.


Follow the Coastal path and soak it all in. There are some handy benches for a little sit down or lunch. You will pass Payber Point, Colona Beach and then Chapel Point. Then follow on all the way to Portmellon. Keep an eye out for the seals just before Portmellon.

Walking the South West Coast PathYou can decide here to walk back along the coastal path to Gorran Haven or make it a circular walk crossing through the wetlands. Note that doing the circular walk there are stretches on the road.



If you carry on…. walk down into Portmellon. At the T-junction turn right and then you are down at Portmellon beach. Also a super safe and family friendly. Take the first left down past the boat yard and follow the footpath signs down along the valley and in through the woods.

Portmellon Cove

Walking through the WetlandsKeep an eye out for the wildfowl in the wetlands on your right. When you hit the road hang a right and walk up the steep hill. You will reach the main Portmellon to Gorran road.



At the road turn right and about 100 yards on the left will be a gate in a layby and a footpath sign (slightly hidden by the trees) Hop on over the style and walk through the field on a diagonal. You will exit at the corner and back out onto the road. Turn left onto the road and follow the signs for Gorran Haven.

At Trewollock which is not far down the road take the first footpath sign off to your left. It looks like you are walking into a farm yard but dont panic!! Wiggle your way around the footpath and you will then down through a field to Little Penhaver House again. Then re-join the Cliff road and amble downhill to the Gorran Haven beach.

Grab an ice cream and soak up the peace and tranquillity!

Gorran Haven
The view down to Gorran haven



Local Cornish Food at it’s Best….. Where to shop?

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker……

We are lucky to be surrounded by GREAT local food producers, farm shops and markets near to Glynn Barton Cottages. In fact we are positively bursting at the seams with organic gardens and small businesses that deliver their locally grown and produced fruit, veg, meats etc direct to your cottage door. Whilst we all know about the mainstream supermarkets within Bodmin, if this year has taught us anything it’s to support local as much as you can. Going local is not just about picking up your super fresh goodies, its about the experience too. You will also discover all sorts of activities whilst doing it….. Colwith Farm runs Distillery experiences such as their Distillery Tour, Gin Masterclass, or go all out on the Cocktail Masterclass!

We have put together a little list to help you on your Cornish Food Journey! It’s all available in our Digital Guestbook too


For all things Bakery….

Baker Tom

Baker Tom– We are lucky that the lovely Baker Tom delivers direct to our door three times a week.  He also has stores located in Wadebridge, St Austell and Penzance with a café in Falmouth and Penzance too.

Freddie & Max’s Top Tip: Pain au Chocolat’s please!

Mum’s Top Tip: Toasted sourdough with avocado



For your Fruit & Veggies

Colwith Farm Shop– 15mins away in Lanlivery is the lovely family run Colwith Farm. Whilst they specialise in the growing of potatoes, you might have seen their Distillery featured on Rick Steins Cornwall recently. Their Farm shop is home to amazing leeks, cabbages, parnsips, carrots and potatoes (obviously!). They also stock dairy produce and meat too.

Freddie’s Top Tip: Seriously yummy Carrots!

Mum’s Top Tip: Parsnips for Curried Parsnip soup

The Fruutbox

FruutBox– Fresh fruit and veg delivered direct to your door throughout Cornwall. This is great for your day of arrival. They also work with Replensih Zero Waste from Wadebridge which is fab for your dry goods- pasta, rice, grains etc

Pip’s Top Tip: You can never have enough fruit (not in this house where the boys have worked out how to get to the top shelf in the fridge!)

The Real Food Garden– Join the food revolution with their sustainably produced vegetables. You can opt for one of their beautiful looking veg boxes or hand pick what you need from a wide range of veg and everyday essentials.

Max’s Top Tip: Tomatoes galore!


All things Carnivorous….

Lamb Burgers from Liddicoats

Liddicoats– Located in Lostwithiel just 15mins away is a fab butcher. Everything and anything you might possibly need plus they do Frozen fish too. We can highly recommend their BBQ options once the weather warms up!

Freddie & Max’s Top Tip: Their lamb burgers are EPIC!

Phillip Warren– More things meat located in Launceston and Liskeard. Fab butchers direct from the farm where you can preorder to scoop up on your way past or take a little trip when you walk Golitha Falls.

Jim’s Top Tip: Pork Chops!


I’m a little fishy, in a little dishy…..

Three Jays Shellfish

The Lostwithiel Fish Man– The van calls in at the Community Centre in Lostwithiel once or twice a week. Very dependent o

n time of year! We can let you know his latest timings as they appear!

Three Jays Shell fish– Fresh shellfish, crab, and lobster delivered to your cottage door. So fresh that the lobsters and crabs are still wondering around their box! Direct off the boat from Newquay.


The BEST Cornish Pasty’s

Malcolm Barnecutts– located all over Cornwall these guys even do Pasty’s by post! So if you are missing that Cornish fix, get ordering! Our closest one is located in Bodmin on the Industrial Estate.

Jim’s Top Tip: GO large on the pasty’s! Stilton and Beef….


Lunchtime Goodies

Bella Mama’s Deli– A fab selection of locally produced goodies to choose from. Breads, quiches, sandwiches, cheeses, meats and more which are great for a picnic hamper at the beach or a walk on the moor. Check out their pizza takeaway too!


Markets & Deliveries

The Cornish Food Box Company

Bodmin Farmers Market– Located at Bodmin Nursery and Garden Centre, this usually occurs on the same Saturday in the month. It’s on hold at the moment due to Covid but once it is back up and running we will update everyone.

The Cornish Food Box Company– Just as you would order your Sainsburys or Tesco online deliveries, this operates much in the same way. Fill up your cart with everything you want, and they will deliver it to Glynn Barton Cottages for the morning of your arrival. This is direct from field to fridge!



Who’s Hungry now?!

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