Our Favourite Cornish Sunset Walks (With Pubs!)
Our dramatic Cornish landscape and coastline look particularly beautiful drenched in a stunning sunset – and we do tend to get more than our fair share. With so many of our beaches facing west we are very lucky to have some cracking spots to watch the sun go down, and what goes better with that then a cold pint or glass of wine. We've chosen our favourites to share with you...
Stroll along Porthtowan beach, watch the surfers catch an evening ride and then cosy up at the Blue Bar to watch the sun set into the waves. Blue is snuggled behind the beach, so close that the road outside is covered in sand. Perfect whatever the time of year – there are terraces out the front for lazy summer evenings or huge bay windows to hide away in during winter storms. Blue is Cornwall’s original beach bar and is full of salty surfers, sandy kids and waggy tailed dogs – everyone is welcome here.
During the summer Sennen is famous for its white sandy beach, fantastic surf and dolphins playing in the waves. In the winter it is well known for the huge storms that roll straight in from the Atlantic and batter the coastline in dramatic style. Whatever the time of year, kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and walk along the beach before relaxing at The Beach Restaurant which is perched right on the shore. The huge terrace outside has sweeping views over to Cape Cornwall and the cosy restaurant inside is perfect if the weather is a bit ‘Cornish’.
Wriggling its way between St Ives and St Just lies a famous coast road that winds through a landscape barely changed over centuries. Make your way along this road, through tiny hamlets, past the snoozing sheepdog in the doorway, the chickens in the road and the granite tors of the moorland. Before long you’ll come to The Gurnard’s Head pub which is well known for its wild location and good food – lounge in the summer sun in the garden or hideaway from the wind in front of the fire in the bar. If you follow the little lane down the right hand side of the pub you will find the coast path leading to the craggy point of Gurnard’s head. Scramble over the rocks, explore the iron age fort and once you reach the end of the headland you’ll feel a world away with the sea crashing far below you on three sides.
Mosey on down towards the Lizard and you’ll discover the pretty coastal village of Gunwalloe – home to The Halzephron Inn. The inn is over 500 years old and has history in its very bones – many of the timbers that hold it up come from ships that were wrecked on the cliffs just steps from its door. The name Halzephron means ‘Hell’s Cliff’ in Cornish and once you take a walk on the coast path just over the road from the pub you will understand why. Work up an appetite (and thirst!) on the coast path, explore Church Cove and its tiny eponymous church in the dunes and then enjoy some well deserved fish and chips. If the weather is kind then find a spot on the front terrace for sunset views right across Mounts Bay.