Callestock Blog

03 Apr
2021

A stroll and a dip on the South Coast

A blast from my past - why not try this wonderful walk on the south Cornish coast. Starting at Penare and returning to Gorran Haven, a delightful old fishing village. Take in amazing views, there's a place or two for a dip along the way, if you want to. Walk, swim and breathe in that clean fresh Cornish air.

As a child I grew up in the Gorran area and spent much of my childhood, on the beaches and also exploring the lovely little country lanes on my pony, I have to say it was amazing growing up in this area and I have very fond memories.  So I thought that I would share one of my favourite walks and I hope that when you are with us this year, you may just take up the recommendation and give it a go...let me know if you do.

Park in the NT car park at Penare and head down the path on the left of the road to Hemmick Beach, once through the gate and you catch a glimpse of Hemmick Beach, bear left to join the south-west coast path.  Head up the hill keeping the fenceline and the sea on your right. Not far and the coastpath meets the Bulwark and iron age fort spanning the headland, rest a while at the point and take in the views across Veryan Bay and beyond.  You will eventually stumble across the huge granite cross which was erected in 1896 by a local vicar as a navigational aid to seafarers.  It was obviously needed, as the ancient name for Dodman Point was Deadman Point! 

Ponies grazing the south west coast path

Continue on along the coast path signed to Vault Beach, one of the spots to venture down and take a dip in the sea.  One of my most favourite memories was visiting Vault Beach in 1976, the really hot summer, and spending most of the bank holiday weekend in August swimming in the sea! 

Vault Beach

Above Vault beach follow the lower path and continue on to Gorran Haven around Maenease Point.  If you didn't manage a swim on Vault Beach then this is the place to scramble down and swim off the rocks in the crystal clear water. 

Place for a dip

By now I think you have earned an ice-cream so continue to Gorran Haven and head to one of the many little cafes in this quaint little fishing village.  Head down to the beach and out onto the quay or up onto the limekiln to rest a while, whilst enjoying the sounds of the waves gently lapping onto shore.

Gorran Haven Beach and Quay

Head up Foxhole Lane, you may need a couple of stops, as it is very steep, my pony was never very keen on this particular hill!  At the top turn left and head up the hill going past Lamledra NT car park following the narrow minor road, through the gate and onto the Gruda, I've no idea why it has this name, but I've always know this stretch of land as this.  Enjoy the spendid views across to Dodman Point and down to Vault beach. Immediately before the next gate, turn left over the stone stile, the path runs diagonally across this field, (you can see Penare ahead of you). Cross another stone stile and the last section of path down to the wooden stile back onto the road at Penare and back to the car park.

Approximate length of walk is 5 miles.  Do let Liz know if you plan to do it, she'll give you a few pointers on how to get there.

Thanks to my pal Sally Davies for sharing her pictures with me.