Muddy Walks: Nanjizal Beach & Land’s End
The only way to see Land's End, this scenic circular walk takes in the secluded cove of Nanjizal, Longships lighthouse and one of Cornwall's best loved cafes.
We rarely go to Land’s End. Call me mean but the parking’s expensive and I’d rather not have a big hotel, cafe and gift shop on my rugged clifftop adventures. However the wild, boulder-strewn coastline in this far-flung corner of England is really special and the walking’s a treat. So here’s a fun alternative to driving straight to the landmark.
We set off on this circular walk at the village of Trevascan just down the road from Sennen. There’s not a lot of options for parking, just a few of spaces on the side of the road in the village and a couple of lay-bys on the road in. Go in to the village and locate the bus stop. Left of the bus stop is a little trio of houses in a courtyard. On the left of the courtyard, very near one of the cottages, is a little stone style, which will set you on the path to Trevilley Farm.
You then head along the path through the fields, via Trevilley Farm and its super cute library shed. The path is fairly well trodden and there’s really only one time when you have to decide on two possible routes. The path narrows and the hedges close in and at this point you have the choice to go down into the valley along a narrow path or straight along the right hand fork. It looked like both would take you to Nanjizal but we stayed on the top path going right.
To reach Nanjizal beach, you have to cross a little bridge and go down some wooden steps. It is as stoney as any beach I’ve been to in Cornwall but I’ve seen lots of pictures of it covered in sand, so assume big swells and storms have sucked out the sand. Some stones and boulders are loose, so it can be a bit ankle wobbling but if you want that end-of-the-world feeling, this is the place. The famous ‘Song of the Sea’ arch draws your eye to the left of the bay, with a Caribbean-worthy turquoise pool in front.
We then followed the foot path right (looking towards the sea) all the way along to Land’s End. And I’m now determined this is the only way to see it. The massive granite cliffs are breathtaking along this stretch of the coast path and as Land’s End comes into sight, you get a perfect view of the huge arched rock, Armed Knight and the Longships rocks and lighthouse.
From Land’s End follow the road away from the land mark and take the right hand turn back into Trevascan. The whole thing should probably have taken an hour and a half but with kids and lots of stops we were much longer. I’d allow a couple of hours so you’ve got time to explore Nanjizal beach and do a bit of seal/ dolphin spotting along the way (we saw both).
One of Cornwall’s most gorgeous little cafes is right in the middle of Trevascan, so you could start or end your walk with gorgeous homemade cake and coffee or Treleavens ice cream at The Apple Tree Cafe. Or if you fancy dinner with a sea view, you’re just a few minutes drive from Ben Tunnicliffe at Sennen Cove.