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Loop Walk from Marazion

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  • View from the Beacon
    / View from the Beacon
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Gate at rear of second field
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Dirt Path beside Chimney
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Engine House
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Engine House
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Style into Horse's Field
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Crown Inn
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Cudden Point
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
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Leisurely circular walk through idyllic Cornwall backcountry onto dramatic cliff paths en route back to Marazion.
Distance 17 km
4:15 h
159 m
154 m
Easy circular walk that provides access onto idyllic Cornwall backcountry narrow roads, past many lovely seaside homes, working farms and historical mining buildings. The latter part of the route follows the SWCP, bringing you onto dramatic cliff top paths offering stunning coastal views as you head back towards Marazion, using St Michaels Mount as your waymark. An opportunity to explore further into smugglers land in Prussia Cove and to walk along Marazion beach is included in the route.

Author’s recommendation

Take the optional path to view the Beacon at the beginning of the walk, enjoying views over Marazion with St Michaels Mount ever present in the background.

Follow the SWCP around to explore Prussia Cove and other coves offering spectacular views.


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Craig Dickson
Update: December 20, 2017
Highest point
91 m
Lowest point
4 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Be careful when walking on the roads, checking for passing cars. Towards the second part of the walk, the route follows a coastal path with steep drops at some points, ensure you take your time and mind your step.

Tips and hints

There are limited places to stop and get refreshments on the route. You will pass the Crown Inn around the halfway point, where it may be an idea to stop for a coffee. Peppercorn Cafe in Perranuthnoe is a lovely place to have a late lunch and enjoy a traditional Cream Tea. 

Marazion has a pharmacy, toilet facilities and a number of eateries to choose from.




This walk appears in the following itineraries:



Facing St Michael’s Mount outside Godolphins Arms in the centre of Marazion. (17 m)
OS Grid
SW 51788 30596
50.123423, -5.473914
50°07'24.3"N 5°28'26.1"W
30U 323165 5555284


Methodist church in Marazion.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km – Starting facing St Michael’s Mount outside Godolphins Arms in the centre of Marazion. TURN LEFT following the main road. It may be easier to start from your accommodation if you are staying in the East side of Marazion.  

0.40km – TURN LEFT up Malthouse Lane between the Methodist Church & St Michael’s B&B up to the stairs following Back Lane to the tarmac road. There is an optional walk up to the Beacon to the right of the road, which is signposted 250m from the start of the lane. 

0.65km – BEAR RIGHT uphill towards the house ‘Bel Air’ and TURN LEFT down a small set of stairs before the house gates.

0.75km – TURN RIGHT onto Rosehill Road following the road up and out of town to the junction. 

1.40km – TURN LEFT onto Green Lane continuing downhill until you reach a small lane on your right.

1.90km – TURN RIGHT along Green Lane West which is signposted as a cycle track and continue as this lane narrows until you reach a farm. 

2.60km – BEAR LEFT onto the cycle track which winds around to the right parallel with the road. 

3.20km – TURN LEFT when you meet the road, walking under the bridge and along. Avoid the sign for the public footpath and continue until meeting a track opposite Chyvella Farm. 

3.70km – TURN RIGHT on the track which has a ‘dead end’ sign before it. Continue until you meet a farming barn. 

4.00km – TURN RIGHT down the track over a stream as it gradually turns into a mud track passing trees and power lines overhead until you reach a field. 

4.40km – Go STRAIGHT ON through the first field, keeping the trees on your left. Continue over the style amongst trees into the second field. BEAR LEFT following the perimeter of the second field keeping the fence to your left until reaching a gate on the far side with a grass path on the otherside (see photo 'Gate at rear of second field'). 

5.00km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the track passing a barn on your left until meeting the road in Plain-an-Gwarry. 

5.50km – TURN LEFT down the road before making a TURN RIGHT at the footpath sign into the field. Enter the second field after the sign, keeping the bushes on your right. Hug the perimeter before passing the white house and continuing on dirt track with the chimney on your left. 

6.00km – BEAR LEFT at the track junction along muddy path. If you have time, turn right at the junction and check out the restored mine buildings, Engine House and chimney before returning back to the route. 

6.20km – After a short distance TURN LEFT over the style into the field with horses. BEAR RIGHT when in the field and aim for the style at the far-left corner. (If you would prefer to avoid the field, continue on the muddy path all the way to the cross roads.)

6.60km – Continue on track after style passing houses until a junction. TURN LEFT following signs for ‘Public Footpath’ into a residential estate avoiding a side street on your right until the crossroads. 

7.00km – TURN RIGHT at the road passing the Crown Inn- you may want to stop here for a break and a refreshment. Cross the road and TURN LEFT past the post office onto Primrose Hill. Follow the main road, taking the pavement parallel to the road to avoid the narrow section. Avoid any temptations to take any side paths continuing until a junction.

8.20km – TURN RIGHT at junction until the main road (A30). 

8.40km – Go STRAIGHT ON over the road following the Public Bridleway sign, continue past a farm following the path as it sweeps down to the left. 

9.20km – Pass the gate and TURN RIGHT onto Trevean Lane continuing on the main track past Acton House until you reach Acton Castle further along. 

9.90km – TURN LEFT through gate, just before the stone pillars. Follow the path over a stone style into a field. Continue over the field to another style, in the right corner, which leads you to a road.

10.20km – TURN RIGHT on road until a small track on your right, the road continues around to the left. BEAR RIGHT onto track following the yellow arrow as a waymark. Continuing on through gorse, keep right in the open field until you meet a junction. 

11.00km – TURN LEFT at junction following the trail down to a junction above Cudden Point.

Optional – TURN LEFT here and follow the South West Coastal Path (SWCP – waymarked with the acorn symbol) to explore Prussia Cove and other coves offering spectacular views before making your way back to the junction. 

To continue on main route - from Cudden Point TURN RIGHT and take the right fork to follow the SWCP west around the coast back to Marazion. The trail is well waymarked with the acorn symbol. 

13.60km – TURN LEFT at the Blue Bursar Cottage following the road down left to Perranuthnoe. 

13.80km – TURN RIGHT passing the Peppercorn café and art & crafts shop on your right. Continue until you meet a road on your left, TURN LEFT and follow this up towards St Piran church and the junction. 

14.10km - TURN LEFT at junction opposite the church and continue following the road which turns into a footpath. Continue STRAIGHT ON the main path avoiding any smaller paths to your left.. 

14.80km - Continue STRAIGHT ON past the Trenow estate keeping to the larger path around to the right. BEAR RIGHT towards the Trenow Cove sign. 

15.30km - A choice of routes, dependant on the tide.

If it is high tide - TURN RIGHT on the track uphill which winds alongside fields to the main road. TURN LEFT and continue to follow the road back to Marazion.

If it is low tide - BEAR LEFT continuing on the SWCP which leads you down to the beach via a stairwell. Continue over the rocks taking the path up to the main road. TURN LEFT and continue to follow the road back to Marazion.

On your way back into town, you may want to stop at the Fire Engine Inn for a refreshment or bite to eat. 

16.70km - The walk finishes outside the Methodist Church, where you can continue to your accommodation or follow the main road down into the centre of Marazion.


all notes on protected areas


OS Grid
SW 51788 30596
50.123423, -5.473914
50°07'24.3"N 5°28'26.1"W
30U 323165 5555284
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


The terrain is very varied, including road walking, dirt tracks and coastal paths. Ensure you have a pair of comfortable walking shoes with a sturdy sole. Appropriate clothing for the weather is recommended. There are some steep sections so some walkers may wish to bring walking poles.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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