Cornwall Coastal Walking Weekend
Organiser – Gary Box
Where – YHA Lizard, The Polbrean, Lizard Point, Cornwall, TR12 7NT.
When – 21st-23rd June 2013 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £76.00 (includes 2 nights accommodation and guided walks)
We will leave London on Friday, the longest day of the year and head to our accommodation at YHA Lizard which is the most southerly point on the UK mainland (most car sharing options will be evening departure). I’ve stayed at this hostel once before and it’s a great place, impressive looking building in an even more impressive location, next to a lighthouse and stunning coastline. We have secured 22 of the 25 beds, the only room we cannot book is a 3 bed family room.
On Saturday our walk leaves the hostel door and follows the coastal path initially heading west. This section of coastline is amazing and we will quickly find ourselves at Kynance Cove which is often described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and where the sea is a beautiful blue. At low tide we will be able to explore a huge sandy beach, at high tide we will have to keep to the footpath!
Our route will continue to hug the coastal path until we reach Mullion when we will take inland paths to reach the coast on the other side near the Devil’s Frying Pan, a spectacular feature where the collapse of a sea cave has resulted in a 100 metre deep hole. From here we will follow the coastal path back to YHA Lizard. Walk distance is 25.2km (15.6 miles).
Once we have had our showers we can either use the hostel self catering kitchen or eat at the local pub in Lizard called The Top House Inn.
On Sunday our walk will be another coastal classic. We will drive for one hour to Sennen where will park our cars (to avoid the silly parking prices of Land’s End). The walk will then follow the coastal path the short distance to Land’s End where you can either take a free photo of the famous sign from behind the barrier or you can pay £10.00 to have a professional photo taken that includes your home town added to the sign and a message of your choice.
The walk then continues along the coast until we reach the Minack Theatre, a famous open air theatre where you can either pay £4.00 (there is a cheaper group rate) to go and look inside or stop outside and stop for lunch and enjoy the views.
The route then heads inland on paths until we arrive back at Sennen Cove. The walk distance will be 16.3km (10.1 miles) and we should hopefully arrive back in London by about 8:00pm.
What to bring
- Towel and toiletries
- Hiking clothes and boots
- Food for breakfasts and packed lunches
- Camera to take lots of photos!