Walk #77: Land's End to Zennor
Map of the walk
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The first stage of today's walk - from Land's End to Cape Cornwall - was an absolute killer, with a great deal of upping-and-downing through valleys. I had a little incident whilst descending down steps at Nanven (near Land's End YHA) when I twisted my bad ankle. Fortunately it lasted out the rest of the day okay, and seems reasonable (although slightly sore) now.
The main feature about the rest of the day was the weather, which was nice to begin with but soon became horrible. It was mainly for this reason that at Travean Cliff I left the coastal path and joined the road that winds from there around to Zennor. I met an American going the other way who had left the path for the same reason - the rocks were dangerously slippy, and he had slipped and injured his arm.
The weather forecast is for sunshine and heavy showers tomorrow, which means that it is not going to be the best day in the world. I shall manage, though, as always.
There is a pub here in Zennor that is very oldie worldly and nice - it even has a real fire that was nice to sit next to after such a damp afternoon.
This is the first time that I have ever stayed in an independent (as opposed to a YHA) hostel, and I must say that it is very nice, and also quite cheap at £10. However, it must be said that I am surprised to be the only person staying there tonight. Breakfast was £4 as well, which is quite competitive with YHA prices.
Follow the South West Coast path northwards from Land's End, passing Cape Cornwall and Pendeen Watch. At Trevean Cliff (grid ref. 410360) you can turn south and climb up the hill to join the B3306 road. This road can then be followed eastwards through Boswednack and onto Zennor.
This route proves to be of roughly the same length as the coastal path route to Zennor, but much easier going, especially in bad weather such as that I had today.
For more details of the coast path sections of this walk, please see the National Trail Guidebook "South west coast path - Padstow to Falmouth", which has ISBN 1-85410-387-3.
This makes a total distance of 16.1 miles, with 3051 feet of ascent and 2926 feet of descent.
This night I stayed in The Old Chapel Backpackers Hostel in Zennor at grid ref. 455 385. It can be contacted on 01736 798307. The hostel was very nice, with a café below it that was very handy for a quick evening snack before going out for a meal.
For more details of suitable accommodation in this area, please see the South West Coast Path Association's Annual handbook.
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