Posted 1 March 2019 by Beverley Fuller
Slap in the middle of the Roseland Heritage Coast, this walk gives you fantastic views out to sea and into the countryside, and has plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshment. Perfect!
There are two good places to start this circular walk – choose either Kiberick Cove or Carne Beach. Both have car parks. You can, of course, reverser our directions to walk it the other way round – it's just as good. And, naturally, if you're staying in one of our Portloe or Veryan self-catering cottages you'll be able to adapt the route to walk from your doorstep.
Whichever you choose, do make sure you walk right out to the point of Nare Head (there's a small track there) to enjoy panoramic views over Gerrans Bay, and just stop to breathe the fresh, clean, oxygen-fuelled air. There are lots of pretty picnic spots, while Portloe and Veryan both have nice pubs where you can stop for a drink or a snack. You're on holiday in Cornwall, after all!
From Carne Beach, take the South West Coast Path round Nare Head and on to Kiberick Cove, with its dramatic scenery. There are some steep sections and a stream to cross – this walk can be muddy in places too. The next village you reach is Portloe; continue up the lane and look for a footpath to your right at the edge of the village, towards Trewartha.
At the main road by Jago cottage, turn left and then right on a footpath to Veryan. To past the famous Roundhouses, then find a footpath after Churchtown Farm that heads back to Carne.
Sights to look out for
Carne Beacon is one of the largest Bronze Age burial mounds in Britain – it's said that the 6th century King Geraint of Cornwall, whose main fortress was nearby Dingerein Castle, was buried here in a golden boat with silver oars.
Veryan Castle, or what remains of it, in a field near Churchtown. This hill fort is about 2000 years old.
Veryan Cold War Bunker is the only nuclear bunker in the Southwest that's open to the public – you can book tours on 01872 278234.