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Walking Aire Point to Cape Cornwall

Walking Aire Point to Cape Cornwall
Walking map for Land's End

Distance 3.3 miles (5.3 km).

Duration: 2hr 10min.

Grid reference SW359281 to SW353316.

OS Explorer Map 102

<< Previous walk: Sennen Cove to Aire Point

Next walk: Cape Cornwall to Botallack >>

Cape Cornwall Mine Chimney

For ease of parking, this walk was undertaken in reverse.

Park your car at the National Trust car park at Cape Cornwall. An excellent guidebooks for the area is the National Trail Guide: SW Coast Path - Padstow to Falmouth by John Macadam.

Northeast to Porthledden Cove and Kenidjack

If you wish, take a while out to climb up to the chimney atop the Cape for its fine views northeast to Porthledden Cove and Kenidjack or south down into Priest Cove. Return to the trail and follow the granite waymarker down into the cove. Explore the cove or take the track leading up left.

Priest's Cove and the Brisons Priests Cove

Follow the steep road up as far as the marker post. Turn sharp right here as indicated and continue climbing up the wide path towards Carn Gloose (Carn Gluze). The path stays quite steep until it reaches a tarmac road beside a large chimney.

Cape Cornwall

The true coast path heads off right passing some seats - grid reference SW355312. Although you might like to follow the tarmac road left for 200m or so until you reach the Ancient Monument of Ballowall Barrow (Cruk Bod Bolauhel) on your right. This is a late Neolithic (New Stone Age) burial chamber dated between 2500- 1500 BC.

Carn Gloose looking south

Return to the coastal footpath. Look for the granite marker which indicates 'Cape Cornwall ½ mile Land's End 5¼ miles'. The fine beach of Whitesand Bay (Sennen Cove) is seen for the first time with Land's End in the distance. The lighthouse is the unmanned 'Longships Lighthouse.' Drop down now into Cot Valley.

Porth Nanven - Dinosaur Egg Beach

On reaching the valley floor, follow the route indicated by another stone marker inland. Proceed up the rather overgrown southern slope of the valley onto Hermon Hill. The beaches below right are Porth Nanven and Nanven. Make sure you do not stray from the path here, as there are several marked and ummarked mineshafts nearby.

The coast off Hermon Hill Gribba Point

The path is quite level here and progress is good along Carn Leskys and Carn Gribba. Now almost 1 hour into your walk drop down once more near Polpry Cove. Climb again, with care, passing Carn Polpry, being sure to stay on the inland paths.

Polpry Cove

The path now runs down through the wide grassy area of Boscregan, passing Maen Dower until it reaches rocks at Nanjulian Cove grid reference SW358291.

Long horn cow at Boscregan Approaching Nanjulian Cove through the heather and bracken

We stopped here for a picnic for 25 minutes, watching the waves breaking on the bleached granite boulders. Cross two boardwalks as you continue on your way up along the National Trust area of Nanjulian Cliff.

Looking south from Nanjulian Cove towards Sennen Cove Waves breaking at Nanjulian Cove

Shortly after passing a mine adit on your left, negotiate boulders with extreme care and continue southwards. The route eases for a while before disappearing completely, forcing you to climb straight up Aire Point by rocks alone.

Colours at Nanjulian Shore

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Sennen Cove, St Just, Sennen and Porthcurno.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowSt Just






Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowSt Just


	arrowLamorna Cove



Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Sennen, St Just, Porthcurno and Marazion.

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