Cornish Coast Path Challenge- Gunwalloe to (Almost) Kynance Cove

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

Distance: 14.19 miles

Time: 5 hours 49 minutes

Walk number 3 in our challenge to walk the whole Cornish Coast Path in 2021! This one was much more tiring than the others, partly due to distance and partly due to weather.

I'll be sharing tips from all our Cornish Coast path walks in a series of blog posts; check out our previous blog post all about our walk from Carbis Bay to St Ives. Or this one from Porthleven to Gunwalloe.

We wanted to join up with another walk we had done so we started off in Gunwalloe, with the intention of walking to Kynance Cove. We didn't quite make it though!

Parking at Gunwalloe is good; there are lots of space and it's a National Trust so if you're a member it's free.

There were quite a lot of different surfaces on this walk: hills, steps, beaches, fields, paths. Good, comfortable shoes are essential. We did this walk in early Spring so the weather was pretty unpredictable. A light raincoat is a good shout as it can keep you dry for the showers but easy to tie round your waste or put in your bag when walking up the hills.

The views of the beaches and quaint harbours are wonderful- so much variety for one walk! These cows were enjoying the view as we quietly walked along the path through their field.

We walked past Mullion Cove. This place is magical; in the sunny calm weather it looks so peaceful, but you might remember that picture of the family on the harbour wall during peak storm season? It can be ferocious and dangerous in big swell; make sure you check conditions before you go walking along exposed cliffs and beaches.

At about 3 miles till Kynance Cove we thought we were making good progress. The plan was to get to Kynance, have a quick late lunch and then walk back. But as we got onto the more exposed cliff path we got very cold very quickly. The brisk Spring breeze went right through us! We had a quick snack at a cove called Gew-glaze. This little cove doesn't have access to a road or anything, we worked out where it was on a map so we had a point to walk to from Kynance when we finished off this section of the walk another day.

The next day we went to Kynance and had a leisurely stroll from there to Gew-glaze to finish off this section. Luckily it was nice and sunny so much more pleasant. Parking at Kynance is good; lots of space and National Trust again. Kynance is such a stunning beach at low tide, but watch you don't get cut off at high!

Aside from stopping off at Mullion, there aren't really any places to stop for lunch or anything, so it's a good plan to bring a picnic or snack!

Top Tip: There are some beautiful beaches on this walk, if you do it in the summer it might be nice to bring swim gear and have a quick dip!

Picture 1, 2 and 3- mine. Picture 4-

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