A Dog’s Life
The coast near Loe Bar is well known due to the rip tides, but the coast path here is exquisite and a walk that everyone should do once in their lifetime. The views are incredible, and the surrounding fields mean that the flora and fauna here is often at its best.
Turn off the A3803 opposite the entrance to RNAS Culdrose and continue down to Chyvarloe Farm. Park in the small car park at the end of the track. From here, the path suggests you should continue down to Loe
Bar, but instead, turn off down the single lane track on the left. The hedgerows attract a lot of butterflies and birds. As you continue, these hedgerows fall away and are replaced by fields, giving you fantastic views down over Loe Bar.
As you walk, the path veers round to the left, flanked by fields inland and the sea on the right. Beneath you, a strip of golden sand stretches all the way to Halzephron Cove. You will need to be careful along this walk, as the cliffside has some steep drops. Make sure dogs are kept on leads to prevent accidents. The coast path will take a slight ascend past Baulk Head, which is the start of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) stretching to Mullion. It has been awarded the status due to some endangered plant species such as hairy greenweed and wild leek. The path will continue, taking you past Halzephron House and round to Halzephron Cove. The beach here is inaccessible by foot due to the sheer drop and ‘Halzephron’ actually translates as ‘cliff hell’ due to the amount of shipwrecks that have occurred off shore. This is enhanced as you reach Pedngwinian. Don’t get too close to the edge here as the drop is around 200ft, but the view is dramatic. As you continue walking, the path begins to slope downwards and Dollar Cove looms into view. This beach is dog friendly all year round so is a great place for you and your dog to cool off. You can continue to follow the path past the golf course and Church Cove to Poldhu if you wish to walk further.
Rating: Easy. The paths can be thin in some places and there are some gradients.
Access: Wheelchairs and pushchairs may struggle.
Facilities: There are toilets at Gunwalloe and a café which is open during high season. The Halzephron Inn is nearby for food, drink and great sunset views.
Wildlife: Basking sharks have been reported off this coast. Kestrels, buzzards and barn owls also frequent the area.
BEACH WE LOVE
‘Halzephron actually translates as ‘cliff hell’ due to the amount of shipwrecks that have occurred off shore.’
Benoath Cove is a beautiful beach near Tintagel with parking and toilets at the top of the cliff.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Due to the access, which is via a steep walk, this beach tends to remain quiet. Sheltered by the steep cliffs, Benoath is a brilliant place to enjoy the water and is popular with surfers. Care should be taken as there is no lifeguard cover.
ABOVE:Even on a cold, cloudy day, Loe Bar offers an exquisite view