Summer walk in Cornwall: ViewRanger’s National Trust Walk of the Month

Posted on 30/07/2013

Kynance Cove Caption Low Res.jpgEasy summer walk in Cornwall: ViewRanger’s National Trust Walk of the Month.

 

For a good summer walk in Cornwall, we recommend a cliff top walk starting at the National Trust’s Kynance Cove, Cornwall; one of the country’s most picturesque beaches and great for wildlife watching.

 

ViewRanger offers a choice of walks in Cornwall including the AA’s ‘Lifesavers at the Lizard’ walk. This circular 6 mile walk covers the most southern point of the Lizard peninsula, starting at the National Trust café at Kynance Cove and following the coast before cutting inland through the village of Lizard.

 

By downloading the walk to your phone it is easy to check where you are and how far you have walked.

 

The first thing to see is Kynance Cove. Nestled on the south west of the Lizard peninsula, the cove’s crystal blue waters, white sand and distinctive red-green rocks have made it a popular attraction since Victorian times.

 

Lizard Map Caption Low Res.jpgUntil the National Trust purchased Kynance Café in 1999 it had no electricity or running water. Now it uses solar energy and offers a fine selection of homemade cakes and scones. 

 

The route then follows the coast through the Caerthillian Nature Reserve, before bringing you to the Lizard lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula. There has been a

lighthouse here since 1619, and the current lighthouse includes a visitors’ centre that is open all summer.

 

The route then continues along the shore, passing by secluded beaches like Housel Bay and Church Cove before cutting inland through the village of Lizard and back to the start point.

 

The area has also been named as one of the best in the world to see wild dolphins. The excellent views of the sea should give you lots of opportunities to spot a ‘pod’ hunting or playing. Grey seals can also be seen basking on exposed rocks or in the shallower waters.

 

Chough Caption Low Res.jpgFor bird lovers, now is the best time to see the rare Cornish Chough, which nests along the coast. The iconic bird disappeared from Cornwall in 1973, but was reintroduced in 2001 and can be seen in July and August.

 

This AA’s route is an easy walk suitable for families and is available to download via the ViewRanger app, or using your computer through my.viewranger.com.

 

If you visit this National Trust site and are lucky enough to spot a Chough or dolphin, why not take a picture and post it to our Facebook page or Twitter – we would love to see it!

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