Portwrinkle to Plymouth: South West Coast Path – Part 7, Day 6

Picture of Plymouth at night
Plymouth - the final destination for this particular trek of the South West Coast Path


The sixth and final day for this particular trek. Today I'll be walking the South West Coast Path from Portwrinkle to Plymouth


Approximately 13 miles - Challenging: Moderate to Easy


  • 09:30 - 10:00 Drive to Portwrinkle where I left off yesterday.
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Walk to Whitsand bay in the hope of finding some lunch here.
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch in Whitsand Bay (or wherever I can find some suitable refreshment
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Press on to Cremyll where, if time permits, I'll take a ferry ride across to Plymouth and back before taking a taxi back to pick up my car.

Possibly the easiest stretch of this week's trek, but by now even easy may seem quite taxing. On the whole quite a remote stretch too, so I'm not exactly sure where I'll take my breaks. One of those days where bringing a sandwich or two would be a very good idea.

If I've done well, and the mood takes me, I'll take the ferry across to Plymouth (just so I don't miss anything out). 


(courtesy of South West Coast Path website)

  • Views of the four mile stretch of Whitsand Bay.
  • Tregantle Fort: built in the 19th century to deter the French from attacking Plymouth’s naval base.
  • Sharrow Grotto: a man-made cave, apparently dug out in the early 1780s by a seaman called James Lugger attempting to cure his gout.
  • The view of the ruined medieval chapel on the approach to Rame Head. 
  • Rame church: found just behind the headland and originally a Norman church, it was enlarged in the 15th century, is only lit by candlelight and contains one of the few surviving hand-pumped organs. 
  • Penlee Point with its early 19th century folly, built for Princess Adelaide who loved to walk here when she stayed at Mount Edgcumbe.
  • The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand: visited by the Spanish Armada, King Charles and Lord Nelson.
  • Exploring the rock pools on Kingsand Beach.
  • Views of Drake’s Island. Records show that in 1135 the island was known as St Michael’s and had a small chapel on it. 
  • Taking the ferry across the mouth of the Tamar from Cremyll to Stonehouse. This has been an important passage between Cornwall and Devon since medieval times.


Route map for Portwrinkle to Plymouth on the South West Coast Path
Route map for Portwrinkle to Plymouth on the South West Coast Path

For further information about the South West Coast Path - and this stretch in particular, why not visit the South West Coast Website

You are more than welcome to join me on this trip and or on any part of my next SWCP journey - subject, of course, to sensible social distancing measures. Please get in touch beforehand though and I will be sure to look out for you.

And please bookmark this page and return a few weeks later; I will be posting an update and some more photographs in good time

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