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As well as being a tourist attraction due to its location at the south westerly most point of Great Britain, Lands End offers a diverse selection of things to see, all set in picturesque surroundings. Lands End was the location for the start of the Summer Olympics torch relay in 2012 and is also a fantastic place for walking as it boasts many breathtaking and unspoiled sea views along dramatic coastlines, cliffs, and open country.
Lands End is an area of outstanding natural beauty and it is no surprise that thousands of people every year decide to go walking and exploring there. One short yet visually stunning walk begins at Lands End and ends roughly a mile away in beautiful Sennen Cove, a settlement with a population of only 180 people and a renowned surfing resort. On this easy going walk you can expect to take in views of the ocean from staggering vertical cliff faces, stumble across the remains of an Iron Age fort (Maen Castle) and gaze across the beautiful beach of Whitesands Bay. Although the distance from Lands End to Sennen cove is only short, this walk is packed with beautiful scenery and incredible surroundings. Anyone looking for tourist information about Lands End walks can visit the Penzance tourism site.
For those who like lengthy and scenic walks, the historic town of St. Ives is a fantastic end point to a beautiful 24 mile walk from Lands End. Whilst exploring Cornwall’s unspoilt beauty, walkers can enjoy many of the counties landmarks such as Pendeen Lighthouse, Whitesand Bay and even the remains of a 2nd century BC Iron Age castle at Gurnards Head. Zennor village and other hamlets dotted along this route provide stops for food and refreshments and are ideal places to rest whilst enjoying the history of this amazing county. Animal lovers should make sure to pay particular attention near Kenidjack rocks as this is a brilliant place to spot wild seals in Britain. Long walks such as this can be enjoyed over a couple of days as there are numerous hotels and B&B’s along the way to cater for tourists and walkers visiting the area. For help planning or navigating a walk you could visit the Lands End tourist office.
A popular beachy walk in South West Cornwall begins at Lands End and finishes in the beautiful village of Porthcurno. A sandy beach and turquoise sea awaits walkers and tourists at the end of this route, along with the incredible Minack theatre, an open air, stone built theatre looking out over the English Channel and is one of Cornwall’s most well known landmarks. On this walk you will come across incredible rock formations, most famously Enys Dodnan and the Armed Knight. This interesting and relaxing walk offers lovely sandy beaches and even a view of Longships Lighthouse, originally built in 1795. At the end of your walk a handy bus service runs hourly between Lands End and Porthcurno which provides a scenic trip back to exhausted ramblers.
If you are looking for an easy going walk along Cornwall’s coastal footpaths then a trip between Lands End and St. Just might be ideal. Originally a busy mining centre, the historic village of St. Just still retains many of its original buildings and features, making it a must see for any history fanatic. Only 6 miles long, this route takes walkers across golden sands, low cliffs, through grassy meadows and offers stunning westerly views out across the sea. Passing through many idyllic areas such as Porth Nanven, Sennen Cove and Cot Valley along the way, this unchallenging walk is ideal for families and older people, while still being picturesque and full of history.
Finally, the most famous and challenging walk in Great Britain has to be the walk from Lands End to John o’ Groats. Although there is no set route, many walkers enjoy the challenge of setting their own route and being able to visit hundreds of amazing places, exploring the entire country along the way. The idea of walking ‘end to end’ is one that attracts many avid walkers every year but with a distance of 874 miles, this isn’t a walk for the faint hearted! The Long Distance Walkers Association website has information about this walk along with news and reviews from walkers who have previously completed this daunting but immensely rewarding trek. The record for completing this route on foot is held by Andi Rivett who took 9 days and 2 hours to run the entire length of Britain. If you plan to take on the challenge of walking from Lands end to John o’ Groats then be warned that if you walk 22 miles a day, the route will take you 40 days so make sure to book some time off work!