After three walks in a row on Dartmoor it was back to the coastal path, specifically the south Cornwall area around St Austell. I’d previously walked around Gribben Head from Fowey to Par Sands and the other side I’d walked from Porthpean to Pentewan. This walk joins those two sections together through the town of Charlestown. The walk start in the town of Par, following the road around the clay works and docks before reaching the coast at Carlyon Bay, the path along here is a good one through the golf course to Charlestown. After here the coastal path has been temporarily closed due to a landslip. The council have been speaking to landowners and the hope is to have the path reopened by summer 2022. For now its a long slog up a hill inland and around the back of Duporth before returning back to the coast at Carrickowel Point. As I had already walked beyond Lower Porthpean, on reaching that point I turned and retraced my steps along the road back to Charlestown before heading inland. The paths back were good, again passing the golf course before a long loop to Par. this is a good walk which would be improved further by the reopening of the coastal path from Charlestown.
Start – Par
Route –South West Coastal Path – Spit Point – Carlyon Bay Golf Course – Charlestown Lookout Station – Charlestown – Duporth – Lower Porthpean – Charlestown – Carlyon Bay – Biscovery – Par
Distance – 10 miles Start time – 9.45am Time taken – 4hrs 45mins Highest Point – Porthpean 82m