To Hells Mouth and beyond

Hells Mouth. We found it to be an amazing spot.

From Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset there is a marked trail called the South West Coastal Path which, at 630 miles in length (1014 km), is the longest waymarked trail in England. If you take all the ascents it’s about four times the height of Mount Everest – it’s a biggie.

Here is the whole thing – it’s the green line on the map.


As much as we like a challenge Tim and I prefer to do this sort of thing in bite size chunks, in one or two week holidays, enjoying a slightly slower pace than some, taking thousands of photos and hours of film and having some recovery time in-between.

Just last week we were back in Cornwall, on our third trip to this lovely county, making our way along several more sections of the South West Coastal Path. This is when we ‘found’ Hells Mouth.

It’s 3 miles west of Portreath and is accessible to everyone as a coastal road runs very close to path. In fact, and this was a complete surprise to us, there’s a Hells Mouth cafe with plenty of parking just a stones throw from the edge of cliff and the view. Thoroughly recommend a visit – all freshly done up by the look of it. We only had tea & coffee but several people were in for lunch.

We couldn’t resist a mirrored selfie.


At this point we were three miles into our 11.5 mile walk.

If you’re lucky enough to be at a wonderful spot like this and the sun comes out it really does make all the difference. The sea turns an inviting colour of blue/ green making you think of exotic far flung places. We were lucky – it did.


Hells Mouth

The rest of our walk took us high up and along to Mutton Cove with basking seals way down below, Godrevy Point and its white lighthouse and then through the never ending maze of dunes of Gwithian with views out to St Ives Bay. Thankfully there were stone markers that we could follow through the dunes – otherwise this would not have been easy.


Mutton Cove

The end was in sight when we turned southwards, the path following the estuary towards the harbour and town of Hayle. We tipped sand from our boots, gulped down any water we had left and fell into our car.


Me – following the stone markers

Completing this meant that we could put aside the first of our Ordnance Survey maps covering the South West Coastal Path – only another 15 to go!


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