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Cornwall AONB Walk
St Loy's Cove & Logan Rock

Region - Cornwall AONB

County/Area - Cornwall

Author - Jake Robertson

Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km    Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Time - 5 hours 40 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - St Loy's Cove & Logan Rock
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The start of this Cornwall walk is in the village of St Buryan located on the B3283 approximately 5 miles west of Penzance. There is limited parking in the village so do be careful that you do not cause an obstruction.

This route approaches the coast from the village of St Buyran before following the South West Coast Path to Portcurno. It then turns inland again and continues along country lanes to the start. The coastal section provides many opportunities for scrambling in addition to the fine views and is far more preferable way of spending a day than on a sticky hot beach!

Leave St Buryan (Grid ref. SW409256) by a track to the left of the post office. This track leads past a housing estate to Boskennal. Follow the path around the farm and walk along the flanks of Adam's Hill with glorious views to the sea ahead. At the path junction (Grid ref. SW 419242) bear right to join a road.

Turn right and walk down to the dip in the road. Go left on a path leading down the wooded valley to the coast. Reaching the South West Coast Path you have the option of visiting St Loy's Cove, which is a short detour away to your left and it would be a shame to miss it out as it is exceptionally beautiful. Otherwise turn right onto the South West Coast Path climbing Trevedran Cliff with the path hugging the cliff top. Along the way it is nice to keep taking detours to peer down into the zawns from the cliff top. Some can be descended but only with plenty of nerve and care!

Soon the path drops down to rocky Porthguarnon the climbs out again to Penberth, a pretty fishing village and cove. Another stiff climb to Cribba Head, its soft grass making an ideal lunch couch, then along the cliffs to Treryn Dinas. Although optional, I would heartily recommend another detour to the Logan Rock headland. It is a wonderful playground for exploring and scrambling with sumptuous views of Porthcurno and out to sea - a perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Continuing on the coast path walk to Porthcurno beach. The route now turns inland through the car park to the road, which is followed through Trethewey to reach the B3135 (Grid ref. SW 382237). Go straight across onto a footpath. which drops to a stream before rising to a lane. Turn right along the lane to a T-junction at Bottoms. Go right to another junction then right again up to Crean on a lovely narrow lane to meet the main road (Grid ref. SW 400246). Turn left and walk up the road into St Buryan to end this enjoyable walk.


Other walks nearby

Walk 1226 Porthcurno to Land's End & Sennen Covemoderate6.5 miles
Walk 2205 Newlyn - a village traileasy1.0 miles
Walk 1225 Sennen Cove to Botallackmoderate7.5 miles
Walk 3325 Chun Quoit & Carn Kenidjack easy4.0 miles
Walk 2207 Penzance - a town strolleasy1.5 miles

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