Section 6. Looe to Portwrinkle - Cornish Coast Path
Distance 8 miles - Grade - Strenuous - What these grades mean.
Walking on from Looe you need to pass through the holiday parks at Millendreath to return to the path proper which makes an early climb above Whitsand Bay and over Bodigga Cliffs. Some pleasant beaches and delightful coastal woodlands accompany the walker, while looking out to sea you can take in the whole vista of Whitsand Bay.
Descend steps to the beach at Seaton with a handy beach cafe just off the sands. If the tide is out you can choose to make your own route by taking the beach route below the village of Downderry in preparation for the zigzagging climb to Batten Heights, the highest point, at 462 feet, on the whole of the South Cornwall Coast Path.
Up here watch out of the ruins of St Germans Hut, which was built as a shooting lodge for the Earl of St Germans and is now almost vanishing into the undergrowth. Below the huge cliffs and out to sea is the Long Stone and the Brawn, two pinnacles which are home to hundreds of seabirds.
Following the long line of Whitsand bay, and looking ahead, you will start to see more glimpses of Devon, Plymouth and high up, mysterious Dartmoor. Its a satisfying walk along the South West Coast Path onwards to the tiny harbour at Portwrinkle and the end of todays section.