The Zennor Coastal Circular

Submitted by jdawks on 02 November 2007
OS Explorer Map: 102 - Land's End
 
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A circular, half-day coast walk in England starting at St Ives or Penzance, Cornwall, about 7km (roughly 5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This is a great spot for walking, with fantastic coastal scenery and a lovely patchwork of fields leading up to the moorland above. Coastal walks are usually one way. This one is a rare circular route, with a pub half way round - perfect.
Start: St Ives or Penzance, OS Grid: SW474394
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 163m (537ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 345m (1133ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 181m (596ft)
Max. Elevation: 140m (459ft)

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OS Grid: SW474394
Get the Western Greyhound bus no 508 from either Penzance or St Ives. Get off at Wicca farm and stroll towards the coast (Northwards). Look for beautiful Fuschias (take a cutting) outside NT cottages and then stroll down the streamside path to the caost
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SW473405
Turn left here and head towards the SW. Look out for seals on the island just offshore. Locals imaginateively call it Seal Island. Bird life here also wonderful. Look out for Peregrine stalking the cliffs & Gannets offshore.. We've also seen lots of dolphins and basking sharks in early summer.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SW450395
Fantastic views whatever the weather. Very atmospheric spot. If you're feeling keen you could always keep going up the coast towards Gurnards Head, which is also great, and has a fancy Gastropub
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SW454384
Get a great pint here, though food nothing to write home about. Have a picnic on the cliffs first instead. Whilst you're here, have a look for the carved mermaid in the church (the Merrymaid of Zennor, immortalised by Michael Morpurgo). There's also a backpackers hostel with yum cake and a museum.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SW465391
The fields are just great here. Lovely stone walls, Cornish stiles and hedges and the best wildflowers in the Spring, not to mention farm animals various. Spend a while, wander into the ruined chapel and if keen, turn right and head up onto the moorland for some of Cornwall's best views.
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