Walking Porthluney to Dodman Point
Distance 3 miles (4.8 km).
Duration: 1hr 50min.
Grid reference SW973413 to SX001394.
Cross two big stiles and pass through a kissing gate before dropping down steps to the NT owned Lambsowden Cove. Cross a small stream by the footbridge and climb, steeply in places, up to the crest of Greeb Point. The path now levels off as it makes its way towards a small sandy beach at the foot of the Dodman - this is Hemmick Beach. Pass an outcrop of quartz-rich quartzite rock as you pass Clitter's Rock, the path remaining quite level as it soon enters a field just above the beach. Arrive at Hemmick just after the hour mark, passing the wooden signpost indicating that you are 2 miles from Caerhays. Drop almost to sea level, passing behind the beach to pick up a tarmac road.
Proceed up the road for a few metres before bearing right to enter the grassy track that climbs sharply up Dodman Point. Climb up, steeply at first, to Gell Point. Pass through a kissing gate heeding the notice about the six or so Shetland ponies likely to be grazing here. Follow the track as it wends downhill slightly before climbing up to High Point making use of any level ground to catch your breath. Zig-zag your way up to the cross passing a wooden signpost en route: 'Hemmick ¾m Dodman ¼m'. Climb the stile as the path widens and begins to ease slightly. Arrive at the summit roughly 2 hours into you walk - grid reference SX003393. Rest awhile at the small flat area around the granite cross, erected in 1896. Use the viewpoint of the 114m (375 feet) headland to look back to the Roseland and West Cornwall and ahead to Fowey, Looe and maybe even Rame Head near Plymouth.
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