Poldhu to Mullion Cove
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Poldhu to Mullion Cove

This section of the coast path takes you from the National Trust beach at Poldhu Cove past a fascinating museum celebrating Marconi to the beautiful sandy beach at Polurrian Cove and the small harbour at Mullion Cove, with its dramatic offshore rock scenery.

Poldhu Cove has a large car park (fee payable). Leave the car park from the main entrance and cross the road. Unless you first wish to spend some time on the beach, ignore the beach entrance and take the next right to walk up the lane towards the Residential Home, formerly a hotel. Just before you reach the building, take the right turn to join the coast path.

From here you have a great view of the sandy Poldhu Cove. The coast path skirts the building hugging the coastline. You are now on Poldhu Point. The name Poldhu is from the Cornish words 'pol' meaning 'pool' and 'dhu' meaning 'black'.

Just after the building look out for the small building in the field. This is the Marconi Centre. It was on this site that Marconi sent the first transatlantic signal in 1901. The museum is well worth a visit.

The coast path now passes Men-y-grib Point. The Marconi Monument stands here. The path now leads along Angrouse Cliff. The name is Cornish, a corruption of 'crows' meaning 'cross'. In March 1667 a Dutch East India Company ship, the Jonkheer, was wrecked below this cliff. Its cargo had a value of £50,000.

Soon you'll notice a steep sided chasm in the cliff. This is Pol Glas. This translates from Cornish as 'Blue Pool'. Don't get too close.

There is a cave in the cliffs below you.

The next section of the cliffs known as Meres Cliff. The Cornish word 'meres. means 'Mayoress' but it is not known how this relates to this area of cliff. The cliff provides a home for a variety of sea birds including colonies of lesser blavk-backed gulls, guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills.

Polbream Point overlooks Polurrian Cove.
Keep right when the path forks and follow the coast path down to Polurrian Cove. This is a lovely beach. A stream flows down the valley and across the beach. At the back of the beach is a rocky outcrop called Pedn-y-ke. Beyond this outcrop is Sandy Pedn-y-ke, a sandy sheltered area of the beach . After exploring the beach return to the main beach and climb up the steep section of coast path onto Polurrian Cliff.

The path passes the back of a number of houses and a hotel. Pass under a small footbridge. When the path reaches a T junction, ignore the road on the left and walk to the right along the coast path as it passes in front of several bungalows. The path hugs the coastline with great views. You enter Carrag-luz (Grey Rock) Cliff. Take a look back in the direction of Polurrian Cove to see magnificent views across to Penzance and Mounts Bay.

The path emerges onto a road and a car parking area opposite the Mullion Cove Hotel.

Standing near the cannon on Henscath Point, you get a fantastic view of Mullion Cove, its harbour and Mullion Island (Toldhu). There are a number of benches on the slope of the cliff so you can sit and enjoy the wonderful view of Mullion. The harbour was built in the 19th century. Mullion Island is home to many seabirds.

Below you are two huge serpentine stacks known as Henscath and Scovarn Island. Henscath is the larger of the two. Descend the coast path into Mullion Cove. The harbour was acquired by the National Trust in 1945. It is still a working fishing harbour. The maintenance of the pier presents major problems during winter storms as it requires extensive repairs. The old pilchard cellar and net store can still be seen.

A cave in the harbour leads you into a separate part of the cove called Porth Pyg which is beyond the southern harbour wall. This can only be accessed at low tide.

Near the pier of the harbour is a rock known as The Var. This rock only appears on a falling tide. It marks the most seaward point of an old reef which once stretched into the cove.

Shops and pubs can be found inland at Mullion Churchtown.

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Bus service No. 37
This service runs between Redruth and The Lizard via Helston and Mullion

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