South West Coast Path Photo Diary, Cornwall, UK

Recently, whilst staying in Talland with my boyfriend and his family, I headed along the South West Coast Path to the quaint little fishing village of Polperro and also from Lantic Bay to Lansallos and it has to be one of the most beautiful coastal paths I’ve experienced.

I’ve visited Cornwall throughout my life but usually the north coast (Padstow, Wadebridge etc) so this was the first time I’d ventured down to the south and I found it to be so much more peaceful than the north. Yes, we did visit in April during the Easter holidays which I guess is mid-season but it was so much quieter and a complete world away from the other side of the peninsula.

Lantic Bay to Lansallos

  • Parking: There is a National Trust car park at Lantic Bay and it’s then about a mile down to the beach itself (this is quite steep in places!). There is also a small car park in Lansallos village, again about a mile from the beach but this is a gentle slope or there is another National Trust car park.
  • Walk Essentials: Make sure to bring a bottle of water and some lunch/snacks with you, there’s nothing at either of the beaches or along the path. Just you and nature, baby!
  • Clothing and Footwear: I would definitely wear walking boots for this one as it is a bit more hilly and quite steep in places. Stretchy jeans or leggings would be ideal! British weather is somewhat unpredictable and with this walk being on the coast it can get a bit windy so be prepared for rain and take some layers!
  • Eye spy! Have a look out to sea and see what you can see (get what I did there?). We were lucky enough to spot a seal swimming, although only for a brief second!
  • How far? According to the South West Coast Path website the walk is 1.6 miles each way (from beach to beach) but it did feel quite a bit longer as it is rather hilly. It’s around 1 mile from the car park to the beach at each end too. Allow yourself plenty of time to stop along the way and have a well deserved rest at the stunning beaches!

drone over Little Lantic

drone view of Lantic Bay

Heading up the South West Coast Path

looking over Lantic from the South West Coast Path

gorse on the South West Coast Path

Clifftop view on the coast path

The winding Coast Path

Plenty of beautiful gateways

Strolling along the Coast Path

monkeying around on the Coast Path

the Coast Path has stunning views!

heading round the coast

Lansallos Beach

Talland to Polperro

  • Parking:  There is a small car park right next to the beach at Talland Bay. Alternatively, there is also a car park just outside Polperro and you can then walk into the village or take the electric trolley. Daily charges apply to both.
  • Walk Essentials: Just a bottle of water! There’s a lovely beach cafe at Talland and lots of places to eat in Polperro but pack some snacks if you fancy a mid-walk nibble with a view! Make sure to stop by The Blue Peter Inn for a great local pub with the most delicious food. Oh, and don’t forget your camera, the views are stunning.
  • Clothing & Footwear: I wore walking boots but I’m sure you’d be fine in trainers if you don’t have any, the walk is along a gravel path and through fields, nothing too rocky. I walked in jeans and managed just fine, there’s some steps and slopes but no scrambling needed.
  • Again, keep an eye out! We spotted several warships and a submarine just off the coast while we were walking, who knows what else you might spot!
  • How far? The walk is 1.4 miles/2.2 kilometres and about 30-45 minutes each way. There’s plenty of places to sit and take in the view and lots to explore in Polperro so make a day of it!

the South West Coast Path

Heading along the South West Coast path to Polperro

Looking back to Talland from the South West Coast Path

Rocky cliffs at Polperro

Polperro Village

Polperro Harbour

All photos were taken by either myself or my boyfriend Jack (find him here) using a Huawei Mate S, Nikon D550 with 18-55mm kit lens or 55-300mm. Drone shots taken using the Yuneec Breeze.

This has to be my favourite coastal walk so far but I’d love to explore some more, let me know your favourite walk below (it doesn’t have to be by the sea!).


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