Coastal Walk; Gorran Haven to Vault Beach
As the summer makes the North coast overwhelmed with families and visitors having the best time in the surf, we headed to the South coast for some slightly quieter exploring. Based between Mevagissey and Veryan on The Roseland Peninsula, is the cute little village of Gorran Haven. A small yet bustling little village which offers two beaches, rows of quaint cottages and the starting point for some lovely coastal path walks.
To head to Gorran Haven, you follow the Mevagissey road and start to follow the directions; it’s relatively close to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, so worth tying in a visit there if you’re in the area for the day! At the opening of the village is a large car park where you can pay by cash or card, and it’s £5 for the day.
Heading up through the village, you’ll find Rattle Street. Named due to the rattling of the fish carts along the cobblestones, the cobbles were reinstated by the Cornwall Council. It’s not a very charming little row of cottages and one worth wandering down.
Gorran Haven has two beaches; one as soon as you enter the village and the other is accessed by heading up the hill and following the path infront of the houses. The second beach, called Little Perhaver Beach, is accessed down a steep staircase so not one of those with stability issues.
Excuse me whist I fan girl over these gorgeous Passion flowers, sprawling out of one of the gardens and over the hedge row.
To start the walk, head the other side of the village (right hand side as you’re facing the water) and follow the coastal path. Instantly, you’ll find the Coast Path Cafe which is the most charming spot to grab a cup of tea and scone before or after the walk!
The path offers gorgeous views back towards Gorran and on a clear day, you can see all the way across to Rame Head.
There are sections of the path which are very close to the cliff edge, perhaps some of the closest I’ve ever walked. Due to this, I would be very cautious with small children and dogs. There’s a few sections where it gets steeper, and one where there are helpful slate steps. Again, something to consider with someone less able to handle uneven ground.
It doesn’t take too long before you find yourself at Vault Beach. This lovely calm cove offers a sweeping beach and one which is known to be a nudist beach on the far end. There’s only one way in and back out of the beach so be respectful of those on the far end and don’t bother them if you don’t need to.
As the water is so calm here, it’s a great place for kayaking or paddle boarding. There are alot of jagged rocks however along the coastline (this is a stretch which was infamous for ship wrecks!) so careful on those.
You can complete a circular walk by heading back through the road, continue on to Dodman Point or even further onto Hemmick Beach. We stopped at Vault and then made our way back, all in all being around a one hour stretch. As well as the Coast Path Cafe, there’s also Mermaid Cafe just by the beach to enjoy a beverage before heading home.