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Exploring Mullion on Foot

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Andrew Griffiths

Written by: 25th June 2017

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Mullion Cove walks

Take a Walk in Mullion to Relax, Unwind & Explore

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel burnt out and overwhelmed from time to time. A growing body of scientific literature supports the Victorian notion that time spent by the sea and walking in nature is a fantastic way to relax, rejuvenate and renew. What’s more a family walk by the coast can be highly educational, great fun and completely free! Whether you want a bit of time-out in nature or a fun family adventure full of things to see & explore, Mullion provides some beautiful walks.

We take a look at some of the fantastic walking-routes on offer in and around our Mullion Cove retreat in beautiful South Cornwall…


Mullion Cove to Lizard Point


Lizard Point

 

Boasting amazing views, wildlife and a range of beautiful wild flowers, this clifftop walk is regarded as intermediate in terms of difficulty. 11 miles in total to walk there and back, many opt to take the bus on the way back to Mullion Cove from the wonderfully named Lizard village. Despite being a direct walk along the Southwest Coast Path there are a number of scrambles and climbs to scale along the way. The path soon narrows and steepens and can be very slippy in the damp. Take your wallet with you if you fancy a drink along the way, as you will pass a number of pubs and there are plenty of quirky independent shops and eateries as you make your way into Lizard Village. Keep on the Coastal Path and go past disused soapstone quarry and Kynance Cove – keeping an eye out for the rocky islands and caves of the cove which include the wonderfully named – Devil’s Letterbox! As you carry on along the path and pass by the rocky Pentreath Beach, you should be able to see Lizard Village inland. As the path levels off, after a short while you should soon reach Lizard Point, where a path will take you to the village.

Things to Look Out For on the Walk Include:

  • The National Trust Wildlife Watchpoint
  • Highland Cows
  • Grey Seals on the rocks just offshore
  • During the summer look out for dolphins & basking sharks

The Mullion Three Coves Walk – Mullion & Poldhu


PoldhuCove

 

A fantastic circular walk, you can take in the coastal views and explore the three amazing coves nearby with this awe-inspiring route. Heading first past Polurrian Cove, with its stunning golden beach and beautifully clear water, you’ll be tempted to spend all day exploring this one location! If you can tear yourself away from this beautiful beach however, you can carry on the Coastal Path, following the signs and the acorn waymarkers until you make your way towards Poldu Cove (also known as Black Pool Cove). A favoured hangout for surfers and windsurfers, this area is owned by the National Trust and there is a quirky beach café nearby to grab some refreshments. Once you’re back on the path, carry on past the Marconi Monument – a tall white stone structure with a plaque dedicated to the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean. Stay on the main path until you are back at Mullion Cove. Partially protected from the elements by Mullion Island, Mullion Cove is still an active fishing boat harbour and has been in use as such since the 1600s. It’s also home to a number of infamous smuggling tales as the local fisherman of the 16th and 17th century looked to broaden their income stream!

Things to Look Out For Include:

  • House Martins in the autumn
  • Rare birds such as the marsh harrier
  • Poldhu Beach with a surf school & cafe
  • The Marconi Monument

The Gunwalloe Coves Walk


Gunwalloe Cove

With their own unique beaches, history and character, the coves in South Cornwall are so breathtakingly beautiful that even after you’ve completed the Three Coves Walk you are likely to want to find a few more to explore! Gunwalloe is approximately 7 miles from Mullion and this walk passes the old cellars that fans of the BBC’s Poldark series will be familiar with. The circular path goes past the beautiful Loe Bar beach and fishing cove. Loe Bar is historically well known for the storms and strong currents which have resulted in a number of famous shipwrecks including the wreck of HMS Anson in 1807, which still has a memorial near the beach today. The walk then ascends Halzephron Cliff, before descending to the stunning Dollar Cove and then the Church Cove. Dollar Cove is named after the silver dollars that have been found on the beach ever since the San Salvador ship was wrecked nearby in 1669, whilst Church Cove is named after the beautiful church which sits adjacent to the beach.

Things to Look Out For Include:

  • The Halzephron Inn
  • Treasure at the Dollar Cove
  • Kestrels & Ravens
  • The church of St Wynwallow at Church Cove

South Cornwall has some amazing scenery and wildlife on offer, with a number of harbour villages and beautiful coves just waiting to be explored. Mullion Cove is the perfect place to base yourself during a trip to the area, with a number of lodges offering pet-friendly accommodation and others boasting luxury hot tubs – perfect for relaxing after a long walk! If you’re out exploring, remember to wear appropriate clothing including footwear, take a drink & sunscreen on summer days and let people know where you are going before you leave. If you’re heading off the beaten track, consider investing in an OS Map and a Compass too.

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