Portloe to Mevagissey: South West Coast Path – Part 7, Day 2

South West Coast Path Walk - Mevagissey


The second of six walking days this week I'll be walking the South West Coast Path from Portloe to Mevagissey


Approximately 12 miles - Challenging: Strenuous to Easy


  • 09:30 - 10:00 Drive to Portloe where I left off yesterday
  • 10:00 - 13:30 Walk to Gorran Haven - possibly with a coffee stop at Portholland if I can find somewhere open.
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch in Gorran Haven
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Press on to Mevagissey for some Cornish Ale and a Pasty perhaps

Todays walk may be a reversal of yesterday's in that it starts off more strenuous and ends up a little easier. I'll reach some higher ground on the second part of the walk, but from then on it should be less of a roller-coaster ride and more of a downhill stroll - comparatively speaking.

Portloe to Mevagissey Highlights

(Courtesy of the South West Coast Website)

  • Views back to the tiny harbour of Portloe
  • Porthluney Cove: designated a Eurobeach, this sheltered cove is clean and safe for swimming. The 1979 version of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, starring Jeremy Brett as Maxim de Winter, was filmed here.
  • The secluded sands of Hemmick Beach, surrounded on three sides by rocky cliffs.
  • Dodman Point and the Bulwark earthworks: this large headland was once an Iron Age fort, thought to have been the largest cliff castle in the South West. 
  • Sitting on the bench or fields above Vault Beach.
  • The views of Gorran Haven from Maenease Point and beyond.
  • Walking through the fields towards Chapel Point and the white pebbles of Colona Beach.
  • Bodrugan’s Leap at Turbot Point: named after Sir Henry Bodrugan (also known as Sir Henry Trenowth) who made his escape from his pursuing enemy Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cothele by leaping off the cliff to a boat which took him to safety in France.
  • Admiring the white 1930’s houses at Chapel Cove - a truly beautiful place to live!
  • Searching the rock pools at low tide on Portmellon Beach.
  • The interesting narrow streets of Mevagissey.

Route map from Portloe to Mevagissey


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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