Coastal Walk; Polkerris to Polridmouth Beach, via Gribin Head Daymark
It was time to head to the South coast for a walk and I’d recently heard a lot about the Polridmouth area because of a recent TV series about Daphne Du Maurier. I headed to Polkerris which is a small cove just outside of Fowey. There’s a cluster of quaint cottages, a pub and a seafood restaurant on the beach, plenty to keep you occupied to spend a summers day down here! There’s also a car park just outside of the village which is where I started my walk.
Heading straight down towards the beach, I had a little stroll round before taking to the coastal path. We’re heading East along the coast, heading towards Fowey.
The coast path starts by taking you up through the woods. The path is clear but a little steep, so something to be aware of. Shortly you make your way back out of the wooded path and into the field above, where the views become spectacular down to the beach below and across to St Austell bay.
Once you’re up the initial climb, the path remains pretty level. It is close to the edge at times so be aware of this if you’re walking with children or dogs, it was also pretty muddy due to recent rain! As you make your way up the coast, you’ll find several coves below. Often inaccessible, they’re stunning to look at from above with the rugged rock formations and the clear waters.
Looking back, you can make out Carlyon Bay, Charlestown, Mevagissey and the furthest point being Dodman Point as you enter the Roseland peninsula.
You’ll soon start to see the Daymark poking up above the gorse bushes. The red and white striped Daymark signposts Gribbin Head. The daymark has been used since 1832, enabling sailors to pinpoint the approach to Fowey harbour. The area is now protected by the National Trust and repainted every few years.
Below Gribbin Head is Polridmouth beach, where you can extend your walk down to the beach.
This area is well known and popular to Daphne Du Maurier fans as the house perched above the beach played a big part in Du Maurier’s history and her inspiration. The home is now a stunning holiday let.
Once reached Polridmouth, you have two options. You can turn back and follow the coastal path to Polkerris or head back around the from Polridmouth to the small cove around the corner. Here you’ll find a metal gate leading to a path up to Menabilly. Follow this path and you’ll make your way through a farm and ultimately to a road. Follow the road and you’ll find a public foot path across the field which will take you back to the woodlands at the start of the walk. The road is level, relatively quiet and easy to follow so it’s nice and safe to walk.