For walking holidays, Cornwall is hard to beat with moors, rugged coastline, sandy coves and picturesque villages. The South West Coast Path is the icing on the cake.
Created by coastguards patrolling for smugglers and fishermen checking sea conditions and looking for shoals of fish, the South West Coast Path is 630 miles long. Running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coastlines of Exmoor and North Devon, before following the entire coastline of Cornwall, across the River Tamar back into Devon and finally to Poole Harbour in Dorset, it takes in some of the UK’s most breath-taking scenery.
CLC Trenython Manor is beautifully positioned for walking holidays on Cornwall’s coastal path that range from The Lizard to Torcross. In this blog, we will look in detail at the first leg of a week’s worth of walks from Par to Torcross; part 2 will cover the path westwards from Par to The Lizard.
Par to Torcross
Par to Torcross allows you to explore the beauty of south-east Cornwall, its estuaries and landscapes to historic Plymouth, through Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with idyllic sandy coves to Salcombe and onwards to the east.
You can choose to walk the different legs of this 94-mile section of the South West Coast Path in sequence over a week or pick and choose the legs that most appeal or are most suitable for your walking level.
Par to Polperro
From CLC Trenython Manor, it’s a short hop to the start point in Par.
Pass the dunes of Par Sands to Polkerris. Passing Menabilly, where Daphne du Maurier lived in an Elizabethan house – her mysterious Manderley – you come to Gribbin Head. There you cannot miss the 26-metre high, red and white striped Daymark, which has stood there since it was erected by Trinity House in 1832.
Its purpose was ‘the safety of commerce and the preservation of mariners’, pinpointing the approach to Fowey’s narrow and rocky harbour. The tower is open every Sunday from July to early September, so if you plan your walk accordingly you can climb the 109 steps to the top and enjoy fantastic views across to your destination.
As you pass the second sandy cove at Polridmouth, you may spot the inspiration for the beach house in du Maurier’s Rebecca.
St. Catherine’s Castle, built in 1542, guards the entrance to Fowey harbour.
Fowey has long been loved by literary figures for its ambience, inspiring not only du Maurier, but J M Barrie, author of Peter Pan. A literary festival in the town has been running since 1997; inspired by du Maurier, it has a strand of themed events around the author and attracts renowned writers from across the globe.
Aboard the foot ferry from Fowey to Polruan, you get to enjoy beautiful views down the estuary. From Pencarrow Head, rival views look out across Lantic Bay west to The Lizard and eastwards to Bold Head.
Your destination is the fishing village of Polperro with its infamous smuggling history. It’s here that you’ll get some of the best seafood in Cornwall, fresh off the boats.
Its picturesque narrow lanes that climb the hillside offer places to eat, galleries selling local artists’ works and independent shops – a great way to end a day of walking on the South West Coast Path.
Details of the following legs, from Polperro to Torcross can be found on the South West Coast Path website.