After leaving the harbour and passing through Pentewan, you begin one of the most challenging sections along the southern coast.
Leaving the harbour head up to Penare Point passing many overgrown ruins and the small harbour at Pentewan. The village is worth a visit with a nice pub and café. Pass golden sands and head up past Gamas Point and uphill to the rugged Black Head, where the Iron Age Castle used to sit proudly on the cliff top.
The path heads back down to the coastline and subsequently takes an inland turn towards St Austells bay. This section ends in Charlestown with its tall ships and very interesting visitors centre.
The cliff line is largely unfenced across the entire SWCP trail. Be sure to keep away from the edge, stay out of fenced-off areas, and take extra caution when there is a steep slope beside the path. Be vigilant also of walkers, walking in the opposite direction.
Please take care while walking along the coastal path as some sections can be narrow and may have exposed cliff-edge walking. If any erosion has taken place a diversion will have been put in place so please follow these diversion details and signs where necessary.
There may be sections of roads with no pavement. Walk on the right-hand side facing the oncoming traffic.
There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock. Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.
The paths can be rocky in places; take care as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
For any river crossing - there are always normally stepping stones or an obvious way to cross - be careful when crossing as it can be very slippery.
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Points of Interest
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Black Head – another location for an Iron Age fort. There is also a large stone memorial to the Cornish poet and historian Al Rowse.
Ropehaven – found for its fulmars which nest on ledges in the cliff-face.
Charlestown – one of the lovelier spots on the whole path, the unspoiled harbour village of Charlestown was partly developed by and named after local landowner Charles Rashleigh in the late 18th century as a port for the booming china clay industry. The village is now a filming location for the tv program Poldark.
For more information - https://www.cornwalls.co.uk/charlestown
Sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing items, and a waterproof/wind-break layer may all be required. The weather in the south is usually better than the rest of the UK and temperatures can sore, especially in the summer months. Make sure to check the weather before you go to see if you need suncream or a waterproof layer, as the weather can change quickly.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it could be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Take plenty of water for the day's walk - especially if a high temperature in the summer.
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