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One of my favourite walks in Cornwall is along the cycle path from Marazion station car park to Penzance. I frequently walk this route with my friends and dogs in toe. The costal path runs right next to the sea with spectacular views of Penzance when heading west into the town and of course on the way back there are amazing views of St Michaels mount with the lizard as a back drop.
It is a great joy to be so close to the sea and enjoy the sound of the waves. The path is relatively flat although there are some bumpy bits near Long Rock car park and one quite steep slope, but that’s it, nothing too strenuous.
For me, being out in the elements is perfect, with the sea birds and the coastline. The trip into Penzance is 2.3 miles and on arrival in town there are lots of things to do and see and it’s reasonably accessible for wheelchairs, so worth exploring. Heading back is always a delight too with the changing light bringing different moods to the sea and St Michaels mount. At low tide you can spot people making their way out to the mount along the causeway. Depending on the time of year and the weather there can be kite surfers, sailing boats, kayaks or a beach full of visitors. In the winter when the beach is open to dogs it’s a great place to see dogs and families running around on the beach to keep warm. It is by no means a solitary walk and you are likely to be greeted by fellow walkers along the way.
Whenever I get back to the car park I head to Jordan’s café for a well-earned snack. They do amazing coffee and fantastic food which is mainly locally sourced. I like to sit outside with my friends and the dogs to enjoy a special treat. On a practical note, there are Radar toilets at both ends of the walk but the one at the bus station is a little tricky to manoeuvre into. I shall probably be down there again this week; it’s one of those places I never tire of.
Sharon works for Arthritis Care and is a trustee for Disability Cornwall. She is passionate about living in Cornwall and enjoying the countryside.
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