CORNWALL COAST PATH
Helford to Coverack [10 miles]
Today we were eager to set off on our first full day of the holiday, and, after have dropped one car at Coverack we drove to a shady car park in Helford to get ready for the walk.
The car park at Helford
Helford is a peaceful and secluded spot and we left the car park and took the wide track by the marina and sailing club with fine views over the river. The path was good and much of it through woodland offering the occasional view over the Helford river.
Emerging from the woodland
As we left the trees the path started to climb up onto Dennis Head - the path almost doubles back on itself up on the headland and we descended into the little village of St Anthony in Meneage and Gillan Harbour.
Gillan Creek from Dennis Head
Having to take the ferry we were luckily spotted by a gentleman who fortunately happened to be the fery owner and who took us across the creek.
St Anthony in Meneage
Leaving the south side of the creek after the ferry crossing
Looking back at Gillan - our coffee stop
Beryl inspect the sign
Gillan Creek from the south bank
The path then took us through Gillan a pleasant little village on the south bank. We continued on fairly low cliffs around to Parbean Cove, a rocky and pebbly beach and round to Nare Point and on to Porthallow.
Midway marker for the
Southwest Coast Path at Porthallow
The next mile and a half of the coast path is not along the coast but followed a mixture of road and paths inland. Eventually we left the road and arrived at Porthoustock.
South of here we again left the coast and followed the road out of Porthoustock which climbs steeply out of the village. We eventually regained the coast path (over a stone stile) arrived at the village of Rosenithon and then on to reach the coast at Godrevy Cove, a shingle beach that felt quite remote with few buildings visible.
The path then took us into the rather ugly Dean Quarry. We. followed the very well signed footpath around the coast beside the quarry eventually to Lowland Point where we turned the corner to Coverack which was now in view about 2 miles. The final stretch of path was very rocky and boggy with occasional stepping stones. This was hard going and it was a relief to climb up to reach the minor road that headed down to Coverack.