Cape Cornwall to St Ives: The Cousin Jack Classic Trail Run.

Distance: 17 miles.

Elevation: 3384 feet.

Duration: 4 hours.

Difficulty: Extreme.

Map: OS Explorer 102 (1:25,000): Land’s End, Penzance & St Ives. Waterproof version available (bit more expensive but will take more punishment!)

There cant be many wilder more remote sections of the South West Coast Path than the section between Cape Cornwall and St Ives. Stunning scenery, pot marked with mine shafts and crisscrossed with fossilized field systems laid out in the Bronze Age.

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On Location with Poldark: Trail Running & Walking in Poldark Country Botallack Cornwall.

Cameras and sound equipment next to 'Ross Poldarks' mine.

Cameras and sound equipment next to ‘Ross Poldarks’ mine.

The airing of the new adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark reminded me that I still had photos to upload from my summer trail running around West Cornwall (OS Map 102 Land’s End). The South West Coast Path around West Cornwall is fantastic any time of year. But in summer with the wild flowers out last year it was exceptional. The icing on the cake was stumbling across the set of the BBC’s latest adaptation of Poldark.

Props for the Poldark set being stored ready for use in a field near Botallack.

Props for the Poldark set being stored ready for use in a field near Botallack.

When I arrived they were on a break from filming and the security guard sunbathing against a Cornish hedge was more than happy for me to have a look around as long as I didn’t disturb him.

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Falmouth to Helford: Cornwall Coast Path Run or Walk

If you want a coastal path route with lots of short ascents on muddy trails why not try running or walking the South West Coast Path between the river Fal and the Helford River.

Looking out to the mouth of the Helford River.

Looking out to the mouth of the Helford River.

Despite only reaching a maximum height of 51 metres (168 ft) the 17.5 mile route manages to clock up 734 metres (2408 ft) of ascent and descent.

Hill profile looking like a crocodiles teeth. Courtesy of mapometer.com

Hill profile looking like a crocodiles teeth. Courtesy of mapometer.com

The cliffs on this section of the south Cornish coast are gently sloping and regularly intersected by small river valleys and beaches. There are many highlights along the route such as the bustling port of Falmouth with it’s lively bars and streets. The beaches of Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth, and the picturesque Helford River estuary. For this walk you will need OS Explorer Map 103 The Lizard.

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The Mid Cornwall Yachting Trail (Run/walk): Restronguet Creek, Mylor Creek and Penryn River

The Mid Cornwall Yachting Trail:
(Restronguet Creek, Mylor Creek and Penryn River)

Distance: 12 miles
Max height: 68 metres
Min height: 2 metres
Total accent: 336 metres
Designation: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

OS Maps 104 Redruth and St Agnes and 105 Falmouth and Mevagissey both cover the route.

Some wooded and cross county tracks, followed by miles of flat off road trails following Restronguet Creek, Mylor Creek and the Penryn River estuary with outstanding views across Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay, Cornwall.

mylor boats

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Spotlight on the Lizard: Kynance Cove to Cadgwith. Hiking or Trail Running.

Spotlight on the Lizard.
Kynance Cove to Cadgwith.

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Cadgwith Cove

Start point: Kynance Cove car park
Turn around point: Cadgwith.
Route stats (out and back)
Distance: 11 miles
Highest point: 55m
Lowest point: 9m
Total accent: 650m
Total decent: 650m

[Courtesy of Bing Maps and Ordinance Survey]

[Courtesy of Bing Maps and Ordinance Survey]

Buy your Ordinance Survey Map from Amazon here: OS Explorer 103 The Lizard.

As we get out of the car the air is fresh, with a very light breeze coming off the sea. The early morning sun covers the cliffs in a weak golden glow. The sea is calm, a deep sapphire blue with little wavelets sparkling like glitter in the morning sun. The early start at Kynance Cove car park saw us arriving before the car parking attendant. Lucky there are no gates on the car park. We apply sun cream and check the straps on our packs. Then we walk across the car park to join the coast path. We take about 50 steps at a light jog before being stopped by a herd of highland cattle with calves on the path (these cattle are used by the National Trust to manage the vegetation). Their dark brown hair matted and damp in the morning dew. We walk past keeping away from the young. The cattle chew on regardless giving us little attention and we are soon breaking into a light jog. The trail is muddy and rutted, but today baked dry by the summer sun. We make good progress and are soon into a nice rhythm.

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