What is the best section of the South West Coast Path?
That’s like asking “what’s the best biscuit in the world?”. Ask anyone who’s completed the path, and they’ll all give you a slightly different area for many different reasons.
In our opinion, the area between St Ives and Falmouth offers the very best of the South West Coast Path. You get to see the rugged north coast, the mixing of the seas near Land’s End, the theatre chiselled into the cliff at Porthcurno, before the noticeable change in landscape as you round into Mounts Bay. Here you’ll find the picturesque village of Mousehole and the iconic St Michael’s Mount rising from the Sea. Beyond the Bay, you’ll wander along the Lizard Peninsula past village harbours and the impressive Kynance Cove. The Lizard has seen hundreds of ship wrecks over the years, and it’s not hard to see why with the rocky coastline and hidden reefs. Once you pass Lizard point, the coastline softens visibly as you pass through the fishing village of Cadgwith and Coverack. The final part of this route takes you round the creeks and rivers of Gillan and Helford, before finally finishing in the popular port town of Falmouth.