Cornish Coast - Portreath, Cornwall to Hayle, Cornwall
- miles 87 - 90
- South of Portreath the path goes inland of Tregga Hill before
re-joining the coast, and a long (6 mile) stretch of National Trust land.
There is a curious cave, known locally as Ralph's cupboard, where smuggler's
loot used to be stashed. Off shore is Samphire Island, that was farmed for
the sapphire herb
- You are now on Carvannel Downs, and there are two steep downs
and ups for the waterfall and stream at Porth Cadiack Cove. You then resume
along the gorse clad, high cliff tops , passing above Basset's Cove (there
is a steep path down) and Greenbank Cove and Deadman Cove (this must be pirate
- miles 90 - 92
- After a further mile of good cliff top walking, you reach
Hells Mouth. Aptly named, it is an awe inspiring cleft in the cliffs
- On to Navax Point, a meeting place for migrating birds, and
a breeding place on the cliffs for native birds. The caves below are used
for breeding by the grey seals. In spring there are lots of bluebells to brighten
up the cliffs
|south from Godrevy towards Hayle
- miles 92 - 94
- It is only half a mile to Godrevy Point, with the eponymous
lighthouse off shore. The lighthouse was built in 1859 to protect ships from
The Stones, a particularly dangerous reef just below the surface. Two noted
wreck on the Stones were the packet steamer The Nile in 1854 which was lost
with everyone on board. And in 1649, on the day of King Charles I's execution,
the ship that was carrying the possessions of his son (later Charles II) was
lost on the reef.
- You then drop down to Red River, so called as it used to
run red from the mining waste that it carried, and on into the charming little
village of Gwithian. Gwithian has thatched cottages and a church. In the graveyard
lie the bones of many shipwreck victims. There is, of course, also a pub,
The Pendarves Arms.
- miles 94 - 96
- From Gwithian follow the signs to the Towans (sand dunes),
and the path is well marked with posts through the dunes for this section.
The dunes have a scattering of holiday homes of various sorts.
- You can walk along the beach, which is perhaps easier going
and more pleasant
- miles 96 - 98
- There is another mile of the Towans dunes, before one comes
to the area of Hayle harbour, and a few miles of not so attractive route.
At Hayle you cross the canal bridge and join the busy main road
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