Length of walk: 6.2 miles
Allow: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes
Level of difficulty: Challenging
Type of walk: Point-to-point
Where the walk starts: The western end of St Ives’ Porthmeor Beach
Anyone who’s stayed multiple times at holiday cottages in St Ives will know that the ‘Tinners’ Way’ walk on the Cornwall coast path to the village of Zennor is the walker’s ultimate bucket lister: challenging, long, rugged and steep but ultra rewarding for its spectacular sense of clifftop remoteness. You might be looking down a fair bit of the time to concentrate on Mother Nature’s crazy paving, so you’ll want to stop frequently to rest up and gawp at the views; in other words, if ever there was a good time to invest in a pair of binoculars, it’s NOW! Lighthouses, seals and gannets may come into focus, and you might even be lucky enough to see a chough; the back-from-the-brink red-beaked birdies are back!
As this is a linear A-to-B walk, you might want to time it right to get the bus back to St Ives (check timetables for the regular bus service plus the sightseeing ‘Land’s End Coaster’ service) or – if the limbs allow – you can walk back through inland farmsteads on ‘The Coffin Path’.
The pub lunch: The Tinners’ Arms in Zennor
Tinners’ Arms? The Tinners’ Legs more like! Anyway, there’s a lovely cosy intimacy in this iconic, cosy and dog-friendly Cornish pub dating back to 1271 and pint in hand you can read about the mysterious legend of the local mermaid on the whitewashed wall while you wait for your top pub grub. You’ve never deserved a good meal more, so tuck into a home-cooked roast (out of season), signature Cornish crab sandwich fresh from Newlyn, or a trio of Cornish cheeses. Even more locally sourced is the yummy Moomaid of Zennor ice cream, made just down the way at Tremedda Farm.
Credit: Adam Gibbard