- October 28th 2013
There’s nothing like a walk by the sea to blow away the cobwebs and there was no shortage of blustery wind on our #WildBritain coastal walk from Land’s End to Sennen this Autumn.
We started at Land’s End which is the most south westerly point on the British mainland. The Romans named it ‘Seat of Storms’ and standing on top of the cliffs you can imagine why. From Land’s End on a lovely clear day you can see the outline of The Isles of Scilly and closer by about a mile from the shore stands the Longships reef and Lighthouse, which has played a major part in steering many ships from the rocky and very dangerous coast line.
The coastal walk takes around 30 – 40 minutes with stunning wild and rugged Cornish scenery, lots of granite and crashing waves. There are some fairly steep climbs and dips but this is a well-worn path way and plenty wide enough not to be dangerous.
There are various points along the way which have been given odd names such as Dr Syntax’s Head, Irish Lady and the headland of Pedn-men-du, as well as the remains of Maen Castle which is now owned by The National Trust.
On the descent down to Sennen Cove you pass the old look out station and the Life Boat Station, which has been established there since 1853.
The Station is somewhat protected from the full force of the Atlantic Ocean by the high cliffs of Pedn-men-du, but still offers some of the most challenging conditions to be found anywhere round the coast of the UK for lifeboat operations.
Once in Sennen there are a few shops to visit but predominantly it is a beach destination with a mile of golden sands stretching out at the end of the promenade. There is a fantastic family run eatery overlooking the beach called The Beach Restaurant, serving some amazing seasonal fish and shell fish. It is absolutely delicious and coupled with the magnificent scenic views is a wonderful way to spend a lazy lunch. But remember you still have to do the walk back to Land’s End!