Porthleven

South West Coast Path: Penzance to Falmouth

Walk from Penzance to Falmouth, a less travelled section of the South West Coast Path that stretches round the remote and wild Lizard Peninsula. 

The trail follows rugged cliff tops, taking you past deserted coves and whitewashed cottages. Pass St Michael’s Mount that vis linked to the mainland by a cobbled causeway and see Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake. 

Due to the sub-tropical conditions, this area of Cornwall is a paradise for botanists and nature lover’s. The UK's flora and fauna are at their finest with an abundance of rare wild flowers, and in the turquoise waters of the English channel you can  spot basking sharks and grey seals.
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Viewing format
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 22.6 km
Duration 6:45 h
Ascent 293 m
Descent 285 m

Begin with a gentle stroll and enjoyable views along a cycle path to Marazion. Later, a more challenging section off cliff-top walking brings you ...

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recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 23.6 km
Duration 7:15 h
Ascent 306 m
Descent 237 m

A fantastic section and fine example of Cornwall walking, discover coves freshwater lagoons and classic cliff-top walking from Porthleven to Lizard. 

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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 5:45 h
Ascent 279 m
Descent 338 m

A varied section including beach walks, some ascents, and views back to Lizard Head Lighthouse.  You'll also pass the ruins of a serpentine rock ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 7.8 km
Duration 2:15 h
Ascent 138 m
Descent 152 m

On this short section from Coverack, pass through a quarry and to divert away from the coast then to the official halfway point of the entire South ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 214 m
Descent 139 m

A day packed with water crossings and iconic beaches on this penultimate section from Penzance to Falmouth. 

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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.7 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 128 m
Descent 117 m

This final section passes several beautiful beaches and coves, before leading you towards the busy port of Falmouth.

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