Hike the Cliff Paths from Zennor to the Gurnard's Head

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Beautiful and rugged clifftop walk with stunning views along the North Cornish coast with a pub at either end (or halfway if you decide to do the whole loop).

Start at The Tinners Arms at Zennor. There is a carpark right next to the pub with an honesty box. Head up the road past the pub until you reach the church and then follow the signposted public footpath down to the coast. 

Once you reach the coast itself, head west and follow the footpath along the winding clifftops until you reach the Gurnard's Head, a peninsula jutting out into the ocean (and well worth an explore). The path is fairly rugged and worn in places and dips up and down gradually between each cove. Good shoes or walking boots are a must as it can get fairly slippery, especially over a few patches of rocks. There are also waterfalls and bridges to cross along the route.

Once you reach the Gurnard's Head (the halfway point), turn in land and walk over the fields to the Gurnard's Head Inn - recommended for refreshments and good food - then once you're ready to depart, head overland via the footpaths across the fields, back north east to Zennor. It's an old church path so fairly well trodden and an easy hike at this point. You could alternatively retread your steps and walk back along the coast path.

Side note: The Tinners Arms is also worth a look in at Zennor. It's small and cosy with a nice menu (plenty of good, simple fish dishes) and whilst we were there we stumbled upon a folk music night which was very atmospheric. Worth a look! 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking Boots
  • Waterproofs (weather dependant)
  • Camera
  • Wallet (for refreshments halfway)
  • Map advised
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RT Distance 5.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 30 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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