8 Mile Circular Walk From Veryan On The Roseland Peninsular
Veryan, on The Roseland Peninsular in south Cornwall, is a beautiful place to begin a walk at any time of year, but is especially breathtaking on a sunny summer’s day, when the sea is a deep blue and the wild flowers are in full bloom.
This is a varied walk that takes in farmland, country lanes, a spectacular section of the South West Coast Path and a wooded valley - all in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Give yourself half a day to make the most of the views, the sandy beaches and of course, the pubs and cafes en route!
Fields of wild flowers on the South West Coast Path
From Veryan To The Sea
The Roseland Peninsular is an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the south Cornwall coast and this walk is in the heart of it. It starts in Veryan, which is a pretty, quiet village with quintessential thatched cottages and iconic roundhouses just a short walk from the sea. And it’s the perfect place to stop for a pint or dinner at the end of the walk!
Portloe to Pendower Beach On The South West Coast Path
The walk heads out across working farmland and country lanes down to Portloe, a small fishing harbour on the South West Coast Path, where there are usually a few boats hauled up on the beach. From here the walk heads up the cliffs and follows the coast path in a clockwise direction out towards Nare Head and Carne Beach. The views are stunning all the way, with small coves, clear blue seas in summer and clouds of butterflies and bird life to experience.
On Nare Head you can step back into our wartime past at Veryan Bunkers, when Nare Head operated as a decoy site in WW2 and the Royal Observer Corps kept watch for nuclear fallout during the Cold War. If you time your walk right you can take a tour of the bunkers with the National Trust, but you do have to book so follow the link for dates. It’s also definitely worth the short walk down to the point for the panoramic views, but take extreme care if it’s windy.
Carne, Pendower and Melinsey Mill
Carne and Pendower beaches mark the end of the South West Coast Path section of the walk, which is a good place for a dip in warm weather. If the tide is right you can walk across the beautiful, vast sandy beaches before you pick up the footpath that heads up to Melinsey Mill. The path meanders up a wooded valley, which is steep in places, and follows a sparkling stream down below.
Melinsey Mill is a working watermill – with free entry! (Opening times vary so check their website.) It’s a fascinating building full of cogs and grinding stones, strange noises and fascinating antique machinery. But, best off all perhaps, there’s a great cafe onsite, with cake to die for! You can either sit inside and enjoy the low light and rustic atmosphere or head outside for a seat around the mill pond.
From here the walk heads back up hill on country lanes to Veryan.
Follow the Summary tab above for details of the route and the links below to help you plan your walk.
Veryan Summer Circular GPX File
Cick on the map above to go to the route on OS Maps where you can download my GPX file
All About The Route
Start and Finish: Veryan SW 916 395
Distance: 8 miles / 13 km • Difficulty: Easy • Time: Half Day
Facilities: There is a good grocery store in the centre of the village (links to their Facebook page), as well as The New Inn pub for drinks, meals and accommodation, and public toilets. Portloe also has a pub and hotel.
Terrain: Farmland and quiet country lanes, coast path tracks and footpaths through the woods
Points of Interest: Veryan village, Portloe Harbour, Nare Head bunkers, Carn and Pendower beaches, Melinsey Mill
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