Cremyll to Portwrinkle Cornwall
On the 10th December 17 and after visiting Plymouth on the 9th, I decided to walk two sections of the Southwest Coastal Path for my coastal adventure. It’s a short 20 min walk from Plymouth Hoe to Admiralty Hard to catch the Cremyll Ferry and after a delay of an 1 hour 30 mins and a choppy crossing, myself and a good friend Darran Terry eventually reached the peninsula of Cremyll and Mount Edgcube Country Park for the start.
After a short walk through Edgcumbe Country Park past it’s magnificent orangery and though landscaped gardens which are well worth a visit, we start the climb up onto the wooded sea cliffs. Eventually the expanse of Plymouth Sound opens up and you get a good view of Plymouth Breakwater and in the distance the Great Mew Stone at Wembury Point.
With most of the country coming to a standstill due to snow and wintery conditions, we can not believe our luck that apart from the wind it’s like a summers day and perfect walking weather.
Soon we are journeying through Cawsand Bay and ahead our lunch time pint awaits at Kingsand Village. Kingsand used to be on the official border between Devon & Cornwall which has now moved to Cremyll. The Kingsands Halfway House Inn actually had a bar in each.
Kinsand is a traditional Cornish village with it’s tiny streets and picturesque bay.
The path is undulating over the sea cliffs and at times hard going. We walk around the point at Penlee and on towards Rame Head a magnificent lump of rock sticking out into the English Channel. On Rame Head is the 11th Century Chapel of St Michael. It’s a very windy spot open to the elements, but well worth the climb and views over both Lillery’s Cove and Whitsand Bay. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rame_Head
Ahead lies the long sweeping bay of Whitsand Bay and physically the undulation has taken its toll. We now find ourselves going up and down all around this bay. Not the best bit of the walk due to the road going to several caravan parks and holiday homes. The path joins the road quite a bit and it has individuals using it thinking they are driving cars on the TV show ‘Top Gear’, so please be careful if walking this section. However the views keep our spirits up and we are soon at Tregantle Fort, an imposing stone building still used to train soldiers on its Ranges. Being a Sunday we are allowed to get closer to this architectural beauty and walk through its grounds on a permissive footpath. After a short walk we reach the Whitsand Bay Golf Club on the outskirts of Portwrinkle and for us the end of today’s lovely walk 12.79 miles.