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Coverack to Porthallow

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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 West Coast Path at Porthallow. 

easy
Distance 7.8 km
2:15 h
138 m
152 m
64 m
3 m

Set off inland through Dean Quarry where igneous "gabbro" rock is mined. Wonderful cliff-top walking takes you along the path with views across to the Manacles Reef. The reef lies very close to the shipping lanes from Falmouth, where many lives have been lost and ships wrecked. From here reach the former fishing villages of Porthoustock and Porthallow.

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Taylor St John
Update: August 04, 2022
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Highest point
64 m
Lowest point
3 m
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Safety information

It should be said that the South West Coast Path is made up of largely coastal and cliffside walking and is not suitable for anyone suffering from vertigo or fear of heights. Take your time and great care when walking along the smaller cliff-side edged paths and be extra vigilant when walking in the rain or strong winds. Since the weather often changes rapidly in these areas, it can be difficult to predict so always check the weather ahead of time and be prepared.

At some sections on the trail you may have to pass other walkers on these cliffside paths - take your time, take great care and attention and pass safely.

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This tour appears in the following itineraries:

WES(SWCP)PTF2

WES(SWCP)PTF1

Start

Coverack (14 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SW 78280 18249
DD
50.023030, -5.096736
DMS
50°01'22.9"N 5°05'48.2"W
UTM
30U 349810 5543297
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Destination

Porthallow

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These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OS Grid
SW 78280 18249
DD
50.023030, -5.096736
DMS
50°01'22.9"N 5°05'48.2"W
UTM
30U 349810 5543297
w3w 
///whoever.enlighten.stacks
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
7.8 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
138 m
Descent
152 m
Highest point
64 m
Lowest point
3 m
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