Cornish Coastal Challenge

This long-weekend trek, through some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes, follows Cornwall’s dramatic coastline from Lizard Point, the most southerly point of the British Isles. Our goal is Land’s End, the famous ‘end’ of the country and its most south-westerly tip. The landscapes are spectacular, with rugged cliffs, hidden coves and old fishing villages forming a beautiful backdrop to the blue sea. The walking is very hilly, steep in places, and the distances challenging considering the terrain. This is a tough challenge, but a spectacular one which will give you an unforgettable sense of achievement! We camp en-route, and finish with a slap-up meal at Land’s End.

The beautiful scenery from Cornish Coastal Challenge charity walk

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40 - 45M

Charity Walk Course

The itinerary

Day 1: Lizard Point – Mullion

We meet mid-morning at our campsite near Mullion on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula. We help set up camp and, after a briefing and lunch, transfer (approx. 15 mins) to our start point. The most southerly point of mainland Britain, Lizard Point is a wonderful place to start our trek, and a very photogenic one! We set off west, around the headland towards beautiful Kynance Cove. To one side are colourful coastal grasslands and wildflowers, to the other the black cliffs and rocks, and the churning blue sea. Keep a look out for seals, and for the acrobatic choughs – red-legged crow-like birds which were extinct in England until being re-introduced here about ten years ago. Marconi conducted his ground-breaking radio communication experiments around here, and we pass his memorial as we continue north along the coast. Our cliff-top path undulates dramatically, with very few flat sections, but fabulous views all the way – sandy coves, rolling grassy fields, jagged islands jutting off the coast. We head inland to return to our campsite and enjoy our first evening under the Cornish stars. Night camp.

Trek approx 2-3 hours; 5 miles

There will be transport arranged to pick you up from Exeter St. David railway station if required.

Day 2: Mullion – Praa Sands

After a good breakfast, we set off again, crossing the fields to rejoin the coastal path. We soon drop steeply down to Mullion Cove and its traditional harbour, and then steeply back up again – this sets the pattern for the next few miles! Further along at Gunwalloe we see Church Cove’s ancient tiny church right on the beach. The golden sands stretch for several miles to the picturesque fishing village of Porthleven. This stretch of coastline was notorious for wrecks, and attracted its fair share of smugglers. We pass remains of old engine houses from Cornwall’s mining past as we continue along the coast to the golden beach at Praa Sands. Our campsite lies approx half a mile inland, and we’ll be very relieved to see it! Night camp.

Trek approx 6-8 hours / 12-13 miles

Day 3: Praa Sands – St Loy

We pack up camp, and set off to rejoin the coastal path. Our longest day awaits us, and while legs will no doubt be feeling the effects of our challenge so far, there are a few flattish sections which help to tick off today’s miles! We head along the cliff-tops, passing the pretty crescent-shaped beach of Kenneggy Sands on our way to the rugged rocks and hidden inlets of Prussia Cove, a notorious 18th-century smuggling point. As we pass Cudden Point our route turns northwest, and we head for Perran Sands, beyond which lies photogenic St Michael’s Mount. Leaving the cliffs and wilder scenery behind for a short stretch, we come to the busy area around Penzance, passing the causeway to the Mount and following the flat promenade around the bay towards Newlyn. Heading south, we then come to the ancient fishing village of Mousehole. Heading up steeply onto the cliffs, we should have spectacular views back over St Michael’s Mount all the way to the Lizard beyond. Continuing steeply up and down, our path takes us past the beautiful aquamarine waters of Lamorna Cove and steeply back up onto the cliffs the other side. We pass Tater Du lighthouse, Cornwall’s newest lighthouse, built after a shipwreck in 1963. We round Boscawen Point, a fabulous viewpoint, and can look down on boulder-strewn St Loy’s Cove below. Our camp lies on the far side of St Loy, a short distance from the coastal path. Night camp.

Trek approx 8-10 hours / 17-18 miles

Day 4: Lamorna – Land’s End

After packing up camp for the last time, we set off to rejoin the coastal path for our last day of trekking. The scenery on this last section is just as spectacular, as we plunge steeply downhill to hidden coves and rocky inlets before tackling the inevitable steep uphill stretch to the cliff-tops again. We pass Penberth Cove, overlooked by Treen on the hills inland, before heading round to Porthcurno Bay and the famous Minack Theatre. Porthcurno was the termination of the first under-sea telecommunication lines; the cable hut, built in 1872, still stands. While the higher ground in this area sees high winds, the coves and valleys are very sheltered and have a sub-tropical feel, while in the right weather the shallower water often appears a beautiful turquoise colour. We continue west to Gwennap Point – an important landmark for us as we then turn north towards Land’s End. This last section is just as demanding, but the scenery is again spectacular as we discover rocky cliffs with pounding surf around every corner. We eventually come to Land’s End and celebrate our achievements before saying our farewells and heading home!

Transport will be arranged to take you back to Penzance railway station, or the car-park at our first campsite, as required.

Trek approx 4-5 hours / 7-8 miles

Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

Event Location: The Lizard , Helston, TR12