Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Best Walks in Cornwall - Rinsey to Porthleven

4. Rinsey Head to Porthleven - 4 miles

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Starting just east of Praa sands, at Rinsey car park on the cliffs, this coastal footpath takes you along a stretch of some of the most beautiful sea views around. Passing old mine stacks, world war II remnants and if you're lucky, seals, dolphins and basking sharks roaming the sea, although this walk can be tough at times, you can often forget about it due to the amount of things to look at. The path can be very steep at times, and can get quite muddy after long wet spells, so make sure you've got a good pair of flexible walking boots to carry you through it (the Keen Durands are perfect for this terrain). On a clear, sunny day, this walk is at it's prime, with the views out to sea and along the coast stretching for miles, and although you are likely to work up a sweat, you can guarantee to be rewarded with a cold pint and some nice food in the vibrant harbour town of Porthleven! After you pass the WWII memorial towards the end of the walk, make sure you are looking out to see to catch the surfers out on the reef, before climbing up into Porthleven. 
As soon as you step foot on the road, you will pass a huge house with the most amazing views over both the harbour and the sea, before the road drops down into the heart of the village. With frequent market days selling everything from furniture to jewellery, and some of the most renowned restaurants in the south west, staying in Porthleven for the day is definitely something to do - buses run back to Rinsey fairly frequently depending on what time/day you are looking for. 
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However, if it is a nice day and you're feeling active, walking back is totally do-able, and due to the turnaround you will be rewarded with another set of breathtaking views! This walk could also start from Praa Sands, and then with a pub either end turning this walk into a return shouldn't be too much of a chore! The main must have's on this walk are binoculars - whether it's birds, seals or dolphins, you don't want to miss a chance to see them up close!

If the coastal footpath seems a bit much for you, have a look at the stunning moorland Cornwall has to offer in our previous walk here!

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