Cornish Cliff Walking: St Just to Sennen Cove on the South West Coast Path (5 miles)

2 Sep

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed from the title that we didn’t start today where we finished last night. The forecast sunny day began with a steady drizzle that made for glum faces at breakfast. It was so wet snails were crawling up the pub windows.

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Still, we had a slap up cooked breakfast at the North Inn, Pendeen, in the company of Spike, a three-legged camera shy Jack Russell. I do though have a photo of his master, John, behind his bar.

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We concocted a strategy for the day that suited all parties. We’d take a taxi to St Just, an interesting village down the coast, where we would have coffee and see if the weather looked like clearing. The rain did ease a little so Marg, John and I decided to try walking the remaining fives miles of path from Cape Cornwall to our overnight at Sennen Cive while Stuart opted for a lay day. He was happy to rest his knee and explore the art gallery, church and pub in St Just before catching the afternoon bus to Sennen Cove to rendezvous at our hostelry, the Old Success Inn.

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The plan worked perfectly. The three of us walked to Cape Cornwall under brooding grey skies, marvelling at a multitude of different shaped cobwebs, their intricate patterns picked out in rain droplets.

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The surf was huge off the Cape and all along our walk today. Three metre swells rolled in from the Atlantic and where it hit the cliff faces the water churned like a washing machine.

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Cape Cornwall and St Helen’s Oratory

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Smoke Stack for the old tin mine, Cape Cornwall

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One of many abandoned tin mining shafts.

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John enjoying his first cheese and onion pasty.

By the time we stopped for lunch two hours into the walk, the sky was brightening and the sun stayed with us for the rest of the day.

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The path was easier today, more even and at times almost springy under foot. Still lots of climbs but not as taxing as the past two days. There was very little to trouble my vertigo and gorgeous colours in the heather and gorse. For Marg and John’s first day it was ideal. At one point I stopped to retie my shoe laces. When I stood up I was surprised by a large group of what we assume were military men on a training run who had sprinted up the hill.

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Lifesavers HQ

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At Sennen Cove we made for the beach cafe with a view deck and intersected with Stuart who was on the beach. We had a drink on the deck of the Beach Cafe and checked out their menu. Mussells in a wine and cream sauce decided it for Stuart so we booked a tabke for sunset. A wise decision. All our meals were delicious and the service friendly and attentive.

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We followed up on a recommendation from a fellow guest in Zennor and arranged a taxi to and from The Star pub in St Just to catch the Monday night free entry folk music jam. Nine musicians around a small table belted out lightning fast reels and jigs punctuated with just the one ballad. The perfect way to end a very satisfying day.

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One Response to “Cornish Cliff Walking: St Just to Sennen Cove on the South West Coast Path (5 miles)”

  1. Brian Mitchell September 2, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Looks pretty bloody good.

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