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Walking Pendeen Watch to Bosigran Castle

Walking Pendeen Watch to Bosigran Castle
Walking map for Land's End

Distance 3.2 miles (5.1 km).

Duration: 2hr

Grid reference SW379357 to SW417368.

OS Explorer Map 102

<< Previous walk: Botallack to Pendeen Watch

Next walk: Bosigran Castle to Gurnard's Head >>

Bosigran Cliff

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

Start your walk at Carn Galver Mine. A good guidebook for the area is the National Trail Guide: SW Coast Path - Padstow to Falmouth by John Macadam. Walk down into the valley below Bosigran Cliff heading seaward to get the full benefit of the scenery. Look across to Bosigran Castle to see if you can make out any climbers on its almost vertical walls.

The coast at Bosigran Castle

Retrace your steps up to the stone bridge crossing the small stream just behind the ruined settlement. Ascend up the western slope of the valley onto the relatively level cliffs passing Towans Carn and continue on towards Rosemergy Cliff. Take care here to remain seaward of the short wall, otherwise you will be returned to the main B3306 road.

Bosigran looking West

Now some 30 minutes into your walk, take extreme care up a sharp nip as you reach the National Trust sign at Rosemergy. Continue along the flat 325 feet (100m) cliffs, the church tower at Morvah coming into view on the hour mark. After a further 10 minutes or so cross the small stream leading down to New Cove before climbing some steps. Cross a stile and enter a large grassy area with a wide track near an old mine at Trevowhan Cliff. Once again take care here as there is an open shaft nearby. Follow the waymark post westwards along Morvah Cliff to leave the mine and its surroundings. Take some time out now for a picnic while the path allows, before continuing on your way.

Portheras Beach, Chypraze Cliff and Gurnards Head

Refreshed, your feet 'eat up the miles' as the path remains quite a way from the sea, passing Greeb Point. Now about 2 hours into your walk, the lighthouse at Pendeen Watch comes into view as you travel along Tregaminion Cliff passing Blinker's Bed. Round Carn Clough and begin a sharp descent down from Chypraze Cliff to the valley just above Portheras Cove and beach - grid reference SW388358. Please note it is inadvisable to swim from this beach, or to walk on it barefoot, due to sharp metal fragments left from a dynamited wreck - The coaster Alacrity which ran aground in 1963.

Pendeen Watch Lighthouse - opened in 1900

From here it is just a short 15 minute walk up to the lighthouse at Pendeen Watch and your end-point.

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 Pendeen, Zennor, St Just and Penzance.

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

	arrowSt Ives




Caravan Holidays

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

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