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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Hiking trail · Penwith

Penzance to Porthleven

22.6 km
6:45 h
293 m
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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Porthleven to Lizard

23.6 km
7:15 h
306 m
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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Lizard to Coverack

17.9 km
5:45 h
279 m
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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Coverack to Porthallow

7.8 km
2:15 h
138 m
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 ...
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Porthallow to Mawnan Smith

15.4 km
4:30 h
139 m
140 m
A day packed with water crossings and iconic beaches on this penultimate section from Penzance to Falmouth. 
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Mawnan Smith to Falmouth

13.7 km
4:00 h
128 m
117 m
This final section passes several beautiful beaches and coves, before leading you towards the busy port of Falmouth.
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