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!
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.
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.
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!