Cornwall Walking Trebarwith Hiking Delabole on the South West Coast Path England UK
Cornwall Walking Trebarwith Hiking Delabole on the South West Coast was about 5.5 miles in distance and was part of a Cornwall hiking holiday.
A pleasant hike with a couple of steep gradients, the first starting from Trebarwith Strand up to Dennis Point and shortly after the zig-zag path into and back up out of the peaceful Backways Cove.
A field section followed, gently ascending inland eastwards with delightful views across open countryside.
Heading eastwards the route followed quiet country lanes to and around the south edge of Delabole past a peaceful hillside graveyard.
The route turned northwards along the rim of the largest hole in the ground in England; that of the great Delabole slate quarry; with views of the Delabole Wind Farm beyond to the north east.
The return to Trebarwith Strand to the north west was via fields, a quiet country lane and a rocky valley path.
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Trebarwith & Delabole South West Coast Path Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Trebarwith & Delabole, Walking Cornwall On South West Coast Path trip.
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Trebarwith & Delabole South West Coast Path Route
Cornwall Walking Trebarwith Hiking Delabole on the South West Coast, although not a demanding route; had one steep descent and two steep ascents along the coast leg. The return leg back to Trebarwith Strand included a steep rocky downhill path that could be slippery when wet. The terrain is varied with coastal paths; quiet country lanes; paths over fields and meadows; and a variety of stiles. This hiking route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with three legs and is for those hikers with a moderate level of ability.
The first leg was in a southerly direction along the South West Coast Path between the spectacular Trebarwith Strand valley and Tregonnick Point. At Trebarwith Strand we viewed Gull Rock off shore before passing the The Port William Inn and ascending steeply to the top of Dennis Point on the southern side. From Dennis Point we had fabulous view across Trebarwith Strand to the north and across to Gull Rock just offshore. After crossing Dennis Point the path zig-zagged down into Backways Cove. We decided to have a snack break here, sitting beside a peaceful stream with the lovely sound of its trickle and a great view out to Gull Rock. After ascending steeply to the top of Start Point, the path continued south across Treligga Cliff with views of the waves crashing on the rocks below. A little further south we came to Tregonnick Point with a great view south across Port Isaac Bay. Here the path descended gently before The Mountain.
On the second leg we headed inland, eastwards towards Tregardock, Treligga Downs and Delabole. The path ascended gently to farm buildings at Tregardock; then along a quiet lane and across fields with open views of the countryside towards Treligga Downs. Next we hiked along another quiet country lane to Delabole. Just before reaching Delabole we came across a bench on the quiet lane and decided to have our lunch there.
The third leg went around Delabole from the south in a semi-circular anti-clockwise direction. Firstly, we crossed the B3314 which is the main road running through Delabole and continued east past a quiet hillside graveyard. Turning north we went past old quarrymen’s cottages before skirting the western edge of Delabole Slate Quarry, the largest hole in the ground in England. Beyond the quarry to the north east we had fine views of Delabole Wind Farm. Turning towards the west at the northern end of Delabole we crossed the B3314 again via local streets.
On the fourth and final leg we headed in a north westerly direction back to Trebarwith Strand. We crossed a number of meadows and stiles to emerge onto the Trebarwith Road down to the hamlet of Trebarwith. The last section followed a track down through a meadow which become enclosed and then became quite rocky down the valley into Trebarwith Strand.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Cornwall hiking holiday during May 2011.
We drove from our holiday accommodation in St Teath to the starting location of Trebarwith Strand valley pay and display car park.