|Each section is planned to enable
a car to be left at a central point and by using public transport you can return to it at
the end of your holiday. For this reason the sections do not end exactly at county
boundaries. Our route follows the traditional paths coastguards walked while patrolling
the cliffs on the lookout for smugglers. On some sections the route diverts inland due to
cliff erosion. Some parts are very rugged, with footpaths descending into a valley only to
climb to the clifftop again. There are a number of river crossings, with lengthy detours
if the ferries are not operational (they have a very short summer season). The
ever-changing landscape with secluded coves of golden sands which only the walker can
reach make these walks a memory to treasure.
The scenery is spectacular on this section of the path and very rugged underfoot. This section starts at St Ives with its alleyways and passages overlooked by houses perched on the hillside above. Numerous coves, headlands, surfing beaches, fishing villages and mining settlements are seen on the way to Land's End, now developed as a commercial enterprise. St Michael's Mount dominates Mounts Bay, near Penzance. The Isles of Scilly can be reached by helicopter from Penzance . . . an ideal rest day. After Land's End the walking is easier to the Lizard, which is famous for the multi-coloured Serpentine Rock, made into souvenirs for tourists. Flowers and butterflies are plentiful in summer and seals can sometimes be seen offshore. Lifeboat stations and some lighthouses can be visited.
The old tin mine near St Agnes
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