Walk The Coast 2022

Cornwall, UK    
01/06/2022 - 11/06/2022     COMPLETED

About the trip

Walk The Coast is back as we continue our journey around the breath-taking South West Coast Path. Starting at Lands End, for 10 days we'll be making our way along the world famous south coast of Cornwall ending in Fowey. 130 miles of rolling hills, secret coves, picturesque fishing villages and golden beaches equate to what is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world.

Originally this event started as a fundraiser, but it has grown into so much more. Walk The Coast has become our main community event and a chance for the whole M2M family and beyond to come together outdoors to celebrate connection, well-being and all the wonders that the natural world has to offer. It's an opportunity to walk with like-minded people, meet amazing beneficiaries and quite simply just have a great time for a good cause.

If you wish to join us you can register your interest using the form below after which we will add you to our whatsapp group where you will be given information on logistics, times and locations as well as kept up to date in the build up and during the event.

Due to the nature of the walk there are a lot of logistics involved with bringing the M2M team and the beneficiaries together. If you would like to give a donation to help cover the running costs of this event then that would be greatly appreciated. This will go a long way to making sure that we can invite all of our beneficiaries to future Walk The Coast events.

Tuesday 31st May

Arrive at Lands End from 4pm. Dinner at a pub nearby.

Our accommodation: Lands Ends Hostel

Other accommodation options: Lands End Hotel, Seaview Holiday Park.

Wednesday 1st June

Start point: Lands End Signpost

End point: Lamorna Cove Beach

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate to strenuous. This section is undulating but mostly good underfoot. The strenuous rating is for the last mile approaching Lamorna, where the Coast Path negotiates its way through a jumble of granite boulders, and so care is needed to pick your way.

Our accommodation: The Cove

Other accommodation options: Stay in Penzance (15 min drive)

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/158/

(Please note this route says the start point is Sennen Cove but we are starting at Lands End)

Thursday 2nd June

Start point: Lamorna Cove Beach

End point: Marazion beach

Distance: 9.2 miles (14.8 km).

Difficulty: Challenging - Strenuous to easy. Beginning in the sub-tropical cove of Lamorna and passing through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Path changes quite dramatically as it crosses rugged cliffs, with some difficult ascents and descents, and then turns to easy walking on tarmac through Newlyn to Penzance. Mousehole, known for its tiny harbour and narrow streets of granite cottages, is a good place for a relatively quiet refreshment stop before you begin the more bustling stretch around Mount's Bay.

The majestic sight of St Michael's Mount dominates as you continue on to the ancient town of Marazion, passing Marazion Marsh with its rich wildlife.

Our accommodation: Rosario

Other accommodation options: Dove Meadows Campsite, The Godolphin

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/159/

Friday 3rd June

Start point: Marazion Beach (nr slipway)

End point: Porthleven

Distance: 11 miles

Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate to strenuous. Much of this walk through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers fantastic views of Mounts Bay and the magical island and castle of St Michael's Mount. Fairly easy, level walking allows time to enjoy the views, until the Path begins to narrow and rollercoaster over the cliffs up to and beyond Praa Sands.

Our accommodation: The Queen's Arms

Other accommodation options: Ewe With A View campsite, Beacon Crag

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/160/

Saturday 4th June

Start point: Porthleven (grassy area above Mussel Shoal)

End point: Lizard Point

Distance: 13 miles

Difficulty: Moderate. This stretch of the South West Coast Path is, without a doubt, unique and exceptionally beautiful. The path is fairly level and easy beyond Porthleven, but then becomes narrow in places with some steep ascents and descents.

Our accommodation: The Top House Inn

Other accommodation options: Henry's Campsite, The Old Bakery B&B

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/161/

Sunday 5th June

Start point: Lizard Point (in the small car park by Roskilly's ice cream)

End point: Coverack

Distance: 11 miles

Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate to strenuous. A walk through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty awaits as you set off from the most southerly point of Great Britain. There are a few relatively short steep ascents and descents as you leave Lizard Point, followed by some more strenuous climbs, until you pass Cadgwith and begin the approach to Coverack, which is a lot easier.

Our accommodation: The Paris Hotel

Other accommodation options: YHA Coverack, Coverack Camping

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/162/

Monday 6th June

Start point: Coverack (grassy area opposite Parish Council car park)

End point: Helford

Distance: 13 miles

Difficulty: Moderate. This walk follows the South West Coast Path through a huge variety of different landscapes, involving dramatic cliffs, fishing villages by the sea, lush woodland, beaches, heathland, a working quarry, pastures and a creek crossing. As you leave Coverack the Path crosses fairly flat heathland which is not much above sea level, as this is in fact a raised beach and the original cliffs are a few hundred yards inland.

Easy walking leads you around the edge of the Bronze Age field systems of Lowland Point. It is important to follow the signs from here as you will be passing through active quarry workings between Lowland Point and Dean Point.

Our accommodation: Premier Inn Helston (25 mins)

Other accommodation options: Three Tuns, Helford River Camping,

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/163/

Tuesday 7th June

Start point: Helford Passage beach (NB starting opposite side of the river to where we finished yesterday).

End point: Falmouth

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Moderate. The river supports many different types of fish, birds and plantlife and at the other side you will cross the openings of lush valleys with subtropical gardens. After the river crossing, the journey consists of fairly gentle, easy walking through fields and along wooded clifftop paths, passing many attractive little coves, offering fantastic views across the Fal to St Anthony Lighthouse and Zone Point.

Our accommodation: The Lerryn Hotel

Other accommodation options: Menehay Farm Touring Park, The Falmouth Hotel

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/164/

Wednesday 8th June

Start point: Falmouth (Prince of Wales pier)

End point: Portloe

Distance: 14 miles

Difficulty: Challenging - Easy to strenuous. There are magnificent views back to Falmouth and the River Fal from the windswept stretches around Carricknath Point and St Anthony Head. The Path offers fairly easy walking until the approach to Nare Head and Portloe beyond, where you will find several steep ascents and descents and walking becomes a lot more strenuous. The Path twists and plummets in places through wooded areas and across high open fields until the welcome descent into Portloe.

Our accommodation: Trenona Farm Holidays B&B

Other accommodation options: Veryan Camping & Caravanning Club, stay in Truro (25 mins)

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/165/

Thursday 9th June

Start point: Portloe (on the slipway)

End point: Mevagissey

Distance: 12 miles

Difficulty: Challenging - Strenuous to easy. A bit of a clamber across rocks along a rather rugged Path out of Portloe eases around the more pastoral landscape of Caerhays Castle, before becoming tougher again on the approach to Hemmick Beach. From here the high cliffs to the windswept, 375 foot headland of Dodman Point looms ahead. Views from here are fantastic, especially on a clear day when you may even be able to make out Berry Head in Devon. Mevagissey, with its double walled harbour, is a busy fishing port and offers a good range of refreshments after a day of walking the South West Coast Path.

Our accommodation: The Wheelhouse (in Mevagissey)

Other accommodation options: Tremarne Hotel, Higher Kestle Campsite, Hotel in St Austell

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/166/

Friday 10th June

Start point: Mevagissey (by Mevagissey museum)

End point: Par

Distance: 12 miles

Difficulty: Challenging - Strenuous to easy. The day begins in the fishing town of Mevagissey, but try not to spend too long wandering the streets and waterfront as a Path of roller coaster climbs awaits! High cliffs pass rocky coves between Pentewan and Charlestown produces dramatic scenery, but tiring walking. There are many steps to climb along this stretch as the Path continues to rise and fall past Phoebe's Point and Silvermine Point. Charlestown, with its beautiful historic harbour and quay, provides a welcome spot for rest and refreshment before the final stretch of the journey to Par.

Our accommodation: Hotel in St Austell

Other accommodation options: The Royal Inn, Par Camping, Britannia Inn

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/167/

Saturday 11th June

Start point: Par (eastern beach car park)

End point: Fowey

Distance: 7 miles

Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate to strenuous. The Coast Path follows part of the National Cycle Network round Par Sands where the views to Gribbin Head contrast dramatically with the china clay works of Par. After a fairly easy stretch from Polkerris to the daymark of Gribbin Head, follow the Path along high cliffs passing coves and walking out to headlands with fantastic views.

Fowey sits on a beautiful estuary with tidal creeks full of families of birds such as herons, curlews, redshanks and little egret.

Our accommodation: Retallack Resort & Spa/Home

Other accommodation options: Haveners, The Ship Inn, Penhale Camping

Find out more about this route here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/168/

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FAQ's

How do logistics work for this event with getting from A to B? : As it is a linear route we will usually meet at the end point of the day so people can drop their cars, then drive a minibus with everyone to the start point. This will be dependent on how many people are walking each day. Alternatively if just joining for the day you can choose to start the day at the finish point and walk back towards the group, turning and joining when we meet so you end up back at your car.

Where should I stay? : We try to get accommodation as close to the South West Coast Path as possible but this can be quite tricky. We have outlined where Ed and Lois are staying and other accommodation options nearby. All accommodation costs are covered by yourself.

Can I bring my dog? : Dogs are welcome on the whole of the South West Coast path - hoorah! I would be mindful however that you check local beaches on the days you are walking as sometimes there are restrictions if we come off the path.

What should I bring to eat? : Most days we will have a drink at the end point in a local pub or restaurant so please do feel free to join for this. It is recommended that you bring a packed lunch each day as even if there are stops on route these are often very busy with holiday makers. Please make sure you bring plenty of water (recommended 2L).

I have a disability, can I join? : The coast path is pretty turbulent at times so isn't suitable for wheelchairs on a lot of the sections however there are parts that can be tackled in a wheelchair. Please contact Lois at loisjackson@millimetres2mountains.org to explore the options.

What should I wear? : Normal gym kit is usually fine but if there is bad weather forecast then we recommend coming with suitable waterproofs, a down jacket and a rucksack to put any layers + your water in. Normal trainers are fine but hiking boots would be more appropriate as the path is very uneven.

How much does it cost to join? : This walk is free of charge and is used to promote the benefits of the outdoors to anyone who is struggling with their mental health or just wants to get out and walk a beautiful part of the UK.

How can I support the charity? : Because this event is free of charge we would really appreciate any donations to M2M. If you are doing 1 or more days you can also set up your own fundraising page to share amongst your friends, family or work to raise your own funds for the charity.

Experience Required: 1/10    
Fitness Required: 3/10
Sophie Dunn

I laughed, talked, cried, hugged and walked my way into a better mental space with an amazing group of people. Thank you.

Johnathan Dobson

I love the outdoors and walk a lot but to do it with such a lovely group and for such a great cause made the experience unforgettable. I'll be back.

Anna Carrington

We've hiked over 40 miles, assented 6000m in height, burnt up to 5000 calories a day, walked over 25 hours in total and collectively raised over 35k for charity. It's been absolutely unforgettable but a really tough week and I've pushed myself mentally and physically out of my comfort zone, I've met so many amazing and interesting people who are now close friends and had a chance to really reflect on life, appreciate what I have and what's important and put everything into perspective.