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Step into National Walking Month this May!

Posted: April 25, 2024

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Welcome to May, the month where nature blooms, birds chirp their sweet melodies, and the call of adventure beckons us outdoors! As we celebrate National Walking Month, there’s no better time to lace up those walking boots, fill your lungs with fresh air, and embark on an unforgettable journey along Cornwall’s magnificent South West Coast Path.

Porthleven has long been a popular destination for walkers with the South West Coast path on our door step and a treasure trove of scenic delights waiting to be discovered. Picture-perfect cliffs, sandy beaches, and breathtaking vistas await every step of the way. So, grab your hat, pack a picnic, and let’s delve into the wonders of walking in one of England’s most picturesque regions.

The Magic of Cornwall’s South West Coast Path

Stretching over 600 miles, the South West Coast Path is a haven for walkers, offering a diverse tapestry of landscapes that range from towering cliffs to secluded coves. But, let’s focus particularly on the section near Porthleven.

Start your adventure in Porthleven. From here you can embark on a few hours walking or a few days adventure heading in either direction along the coast path. Prepare to immerse yourself in Cornwall’s natural beauty.

Porthleven to Lizard Point

Setting off from Porthleven, follow the path to the east of the village towards Penrose National Trust Estate and Loe Bar. As the path winds its way along the cliff tops, it offers panoramic views of the sparkling azure sea below. Keep an eye out for seabirds soaring overhead and an abundance of wildflowers.

This part of the South West Coast path can lead you all the way to the iconic Lizard, mainland Britain’s most southerly point, passing Gunwalloe, Poldhu Cove and Kynance Cove a total of around 5.5 hours of walking. There are plenty to take in the awe-inspiring scenery and perhaps enjoy a well-deserved pub lunch at the Top House Inn.

Porthleven to Marazion

Heading in the opposite direction, the South West Coast Path to the East heads towards  the ancient market town of Marazion. From Porthleven you will pass by some of Cornwall’s most spectacular towering cliffs, tin mines and beautiful tranquil coves. Rinsey is a popular location for a dip in the ocean, beyond which lies the golden shores of Praa Sands, a popular beach with a beach bar. Further on, you will find the delights of Prussia Cove where the legend of the famous Cornish smugglers, The Carter Brothers, began. It takes around 5 hours to walk to Marazion where you will find the spectacular St Michael’s Mount across the bay.

The Benefits of Walking

Aside from the sheer joy of exploring stunning landscapes, walking offers a myriad of health benefits for both body and mind. From boosting cardiovascular fitness to reducing stress and anxiety, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can work wonders for our overall well-being.

Moreover, walking allows us to connect with nature on a deeper level, fostering a sense of tranquillity and mindfulness as we immerse ourselves in our surroundings. Whether you’re seeking solitude or sharing the experience with loved ones, walking has a way of bringing us closer to the world around us.

Walking Holidays: A Feast for the Senses

If a single day of walking isn’t enough to satisfy your wanderlust, why not consider embarking on a walking holiday? Cornwall, with its stunning coastal paths and picturesque countryside, is the perfect destination for a walking adventure. The Artist Loft offers guests five ensuite rooms and is popular with walkers who are only staying a night or two in Porthleven.

As National Walking Month unfolds, take the opportunity to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and embrace the beauty of the world around you. Whether you’re taking a gentle stroll around Porthleven or venturing further afield, each step you take brings you closer to nature and closer to yourself.

So, dust off those walking boots, grab your map and compass, and set forth on an unforgettable journey of discovery. After all, as John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

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