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Cornwall AONB Walk
Dizzard Point, Millook from Penhalt Cliff

Region - Cornwall AONB

County/Area - Cornwall

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km    Ascent - 1200 feet / 364 metres

Time - 4 hours 10 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SS189005
Lat 50.775733 // Long -4.569991
Postcode EX23 0DG (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Dizzard Point, Millook from Penhalt Cliff

This walk from near Millook on the north Cornwall Coast explores a fine section of coast and the wooded Millook Water valley. The route follows paths, including a section of the South West Coast Path, with a section along a quiet lane. Highlights of the walk are many. They include the mature broadleaf woodland on the inland section of the walk which contrasts with the high cliffs between Dizzard Point and Penhalt Cliff. As with many coastal walks, there are several ascents and descents on the coastal path.

The walk starts from the small car park for the viewpoint at Penhalt Cliff (grid ref. SS189005). After parking exit the car park and walk west to take the South West Coast Path by in the fingerpost. Follow the path as it descends steeply to the road at Millook. Turn right, follow the road round a sharp left-hand bend and take the first footpath on the left through a gate. The clear path heads up the valley to reach a ford with adjacent footbridge (grid ref. SX182992). Turn right after crossing the bridge and continue upstream through woodland with Millook Water now to your right.

Leaving the woodland crosses afield to reach a stile. Cross the stile and follow the track (signed Dizzard and Trengaynor) passing a cottage on your left. Turn right through a gate, cross a stile, and continue over a footbridge. Continue up steps and turn left (as signed). The path meanders through beautiful woodland and then turns right up a side valley climbing steeply. Reaching the top of this side valley, pass through gate and turn right along a track. You soon pass Trengaynor to reach a lane (grid ref. SX169980).

Turn right and follow the lane for 400 metres where you turn left onto a concrete drive (grid ref. SX168984) with the footpath sign (Coast Path) hidden in the hedge by a post box. The track leads into a path which follows the right-hand edge of a field. Continue through trees over a footbridge into the next field. Again, keep to the right-hand edge with the hedge on your right. Go straight across a track (grid ref. SX163987) and continue ahead to the South West Coast Path.

With the sea on your left, turn right and climb up to the trig column on Dizzard Point (549 m.). The path then descends over Bynorth Cliff, detours up a side valley to return to the cliff tops. A steady descent leads to the road at Millook. Turn left along the road and continue uphill before taking the first footpath on the left. Climb the steps and uphill to reach the start.

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