Hike 11: A Hike In Two Parts. 30 Miles

Marsland Mouth marks the start of The South West Coast Path in Cornwall. This section in the far north east of the county is wild and remote, as well as hard going. All these factors made it a sparkling highlight of the entire path (except for an unexpected allergic reaction at 2 in the morning in the middle of nowhere…)

Part 1: Marsland Mouth To Widmouth Bay, 12 Miles

12 miles sounds easy, but don’t underestimate the tough terrain! It’s hard work, especially with a heavy rucksack, and your quads will likely burn for hours. It’s worth the slog up and down the steep, sharp valleys though, because the views are exceptional.

Part 2: Widmouth Bay To Tintagel, 18 Miles

This section offers a chance to explore the incredibly geology of Millook as well as the pretty (if somewhat commercialised) villages of Boscastle and Tintagel. The hiking is still tough but rewarding, and outside the obvious tourist spots deliciously wild and remote.

Trip report to follow, gallery below and all the details you need to organise your own hike below that!

Pen and ink sketch 'Boscastle Rocks', Copyright Stephanie Boon, 2017. All Rights Reserved
My sketchbook drawing 'Boscastle Rocks'
A tiny wooden hut built from the timber of shipwrecks by the Revd Hawker of Morwenstow.
Hawker's Hut on the cliffs at Morwenstowe is the National Trust's smallest property.

Marsland Mouth To Widmouth Bay, 2017

Widmouth Bay To Tintagel, 2017

Go Hike It

The Route

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Getting There

Getting Back

  • From Tintagel there are 2 regular bus services: First Kernow 95 and 96 between Bude and Truro via Wadebridge.
Rectory Farm Tea Rooms, Morwenstowe, North Cornwall, UK
Rectory Farm Tea Rooms
Campsite views over Widemouth Bay, South West Coast Path, North Cornwall.
Fantastic views from Penhalt Farm Campsite (even in heavy rain!)

En Route

  • Morwenstow: Rectory Farm Tearooms (a short distance off the SWCP), wonderful, quirky ancient farmhouse, excellent coffee and cake – highly recommended!
  • Sandymouth: Sandymouth Cafe lovely sea views from the terrace, excellent lunches and coffee – highly recommended (again!)
  • Bude: full town facilities including a Costa where you can charge your phone
  • Widemouth: Widemouth Bay Cafe lovely coffee stop right on the beach
  • Crackington Haven: Cafe and pubs
  • Boscastle: National Trust Cafe (lovely); convenience store on the edge of the village
  • Tintagel: numerous cafes, pubs and convenience stores in the village (a short walk from the SWCP)


  • Upper Lynstone Caravan Park, Bude I highly recommend this site. It was exceptionally well maintained, the shower block was clean and my pitch was level and sheltered from heavy rain and wind. The lady that greeted me after the reception had closed couldn’t have been more welcoming; best of all is that you can access it directly from the coast path. The only downside was the cost: £10 for a one person tent without a car, dog, etc. Even so, I’d stay there again!
  • Penhalt Farm, Widemouth Bay This is a basic site that could do with some updating, but the facilities were clean and looked after. The grass was very long and waterlogged when I was there (it may not have been possible to cut it because of the weather) and the pitch I had wasn’t particularly level. The biggest assets this site has to offer are the spectacular views over the bay, the friendly farmer and the £5 pitch for a one person tent. And yes, I’d stay there again!

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