A Dog’s Life

Alexandra Pearce

Cornwall Life - - INSIDE - ALEXANDRA PEARCE

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.

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ABOVE:Even on a cold, cloudy day, Loe Bar of­fers an ex­quis­ite view

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