Mevagissey to Par: South West Coast Path – Part 7, Day 3

Sunset at Par Sands, Cornwall
South West Coast Path - Part 7 Day 3 Destination - Par Sands, Cornwall

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH - MEVAGISSEY TO PAR

The third of six walking days this week I'll be walking the South West Coast Path from Mevagissey to Par.

THURSDAY MAY 20TH, 2021

Approximately 10.5 miles - Challenging: Strenuous to Easy

SCHEDULE:

  • 09:30 - 10:00 Drive to Mevagissey where I left off yesterday
  • 10:00 - 13:30 Walk to Charlestown - possibly with a coffee stop at Pentewan or Trenarren if I can find somewhere open.
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch in Charlestown
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Press on to Par for some Cornish Ale and a Fish and Chips perhaps

Todays walk should be slightly less challenging than others and is one of the shortest on this week's trek. However, if the weather is good and the mood takes me, I may press on towards Fowey. If I can make it to the National Trust Car Park then that would be a good place to be leaving my car tomorrow.

Mevagissey to Par Highlights

(Courtesy of the South West Coast Path Website)

  • Stocking up on refreshments in the interesting, narrow streets of Mevagissey.
  • Views of undulating fields and white stretch of Pentewan Beach beyond.
  • The extensive views from Black Head: a humped, windswept promontory which is the site of an Iron Age cliff castle. There is a memorial stone here to the Cornish poet A.L. Rowse.
  • Walking through the woodland which runs down to Hallane Mill Beach: a good place for a picnic.
  • The woodland of Ropehaven Cliffs: a Cornwall Wildlife Trust Reserve and a good place to spot nesting fulmars. According to the CWT, fossils found in the rocks here indicate that 400 million years ago Ropehaven lay beneath tropical seas.
  • Emerging from the trees at Ropehaven to fantastic views of the Path twisting around the cliffs ahead.
  • Charlestown: Charlestown Harbour still remains relatively untouched by development and so has been a very important film and TV location over the years. It was used in the filming of the 1976 World War II drama The Eagle Has Landed, the 1975-77 romantic drama Poldark and the 1970's series The Onedin Line. 
  • Exploring the dunes of Par Sands.
  • Views ahead from Polmear to Gribbin Head.

Route Map - Mevagissey to Par

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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