Distance: 7 miles | Height gain: 1890 feet/576 metres
Time walking: 4 hours excluding breaks
Difficulty: Difficult. The distance is short but there are several steep hills and rocky/muddy sections.
Highlights: The Barbara Hepworth museum in St Ives, Porthmeor beach (and cafe), the view from Clodgy Point, Zennor Head and the mermaid chair in Zennor Church.
St Ives is a busy town of winding streets lined with art galleries, where summer time crowds converge on the harbour and shop keepers enjoy a swift trade. Zennor is a tiny village, with one pub, one church and little else. In between the two lies an empty stretch of coast, rocky, rugged and beautiful.
Here, following the edge of the Penwith moors, it is a wild and dramatic lanscape. There are inland hills crowned with strange granite formations, cliff tops where no soil or plant can cling on to the rocks and boulders litter the path for much of it length. It is a superb and remote region.
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Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.