Walking Pencarrow Head to Lansallos Cove
Distance 1.5 miles (2.4 km).
Duration: 1hr 10min.
Grid reference SX150504 to SX166512.
Park your car at the small car park behind the church at Grid Ref: SX149513 or do as we did, that is add this walk to the previous walk from Polruan to Pencarrow Head and walk to Lansallos Cove before returning inland via West Coombe, Trevarder, Frogmore and Triggabrowne. Our route can be followed in Bob Acton's guidebook 'Around the River Fowey - Landfall Walks Book No.7'. It may be a little dated but is very informative, please be aware though that it is quite hard to track down.
Follow the path as it heads out towards the tip of Pencarrow Head. Bear left where a slightly overgrown path leads through the bracken. The path runs quite steeply down through the ferns and may be slippery in wet weather. Pause a while on your descent to look at the fingerlike rocks stretching out seaward at Watch House Cove, grid reference SX156508. Climb rock cut steps to a stile, the route soon becoming fenced to seaward.
Now about 15 minutes after leaving Pencarrow Head cross an unusual stile with wooden railings next to a large wooden gate. Look right to see a couple of bench seats and directly ahead to see the tower of Lansallos Church. This area is known as Sandingway. Rest at the 'Mary Jocelyn 1907-1976' bench seat for a photograph. Continue eastward crossing a footbridge-stile-footbridge combination into a field above Palace Cove. Pass a further two bench seats and climb another railed stile. Walk above Sandheap Point on the relatively level grassy path. Drop steeply down, passing a wooden 2-finger signpost, a stile and a footbridge above a small shingle beach.
This is Lansallos Cove grid reference SX166512. Stop here for a picnic if you wish before continuing on to Polperro or returning inland to Polruan. The waterfall tumbling to the left of the cove is known as the Reed Water and is the site of an old water mill. The path may be traced back up a leafy lane through West Coombe to Lansallos Church for those returning westwards.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
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