A Windy Autumn Walk from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove


We are regular visitors to Cornwall and love it just as much through the autumn and winter months as we do in the summer. I think the rugged coastline of the South West Coast Path is one of its most beautiful features, but I have to admit that we’ve not managed to explore it as much as we would have liked, due to our two small children, who are not huge fans of being dragged on long hikes. But for our most recent visit, we left the boys with my parents and headed down just the two of us. We were keen to fit in some walks that would showcase what Cornwall’s coastline has to offer.

I really wanted to see the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, so we chose the walk from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove. It’s 4.8 miles and rated as moderate-strenous, taking in woodland, clifftops, and pretty coves along the way. Although you could walk it either way, we opted to start at Mousehole as I’ve heard of so many people being unfairly ticketed at Lamorna Cove car park that I didn’t want to risk it! We parked (for free) outside Mousehole and walked down into the village to start the walk.

White painted house with turquoise painted windows and shutters. A sign above the doorway reads "The Mousehole" and you can see the harbour in the background

After much debate between my husband and I, we downloaded the IWalkCornwall app and paid £1.99 to purchase this particular walk. My husband wasn’t keen to pay the money, but later admitted that it was well worth it! It tracks you using GPS, giving you little snippets of historical information at particular markers, and reminds you when you need to follow the next direction.

Mousehole is a really tiny and pretty fishing village, with a harbour and few cafes, shops and pub. It’s famous for it’s Christmas light display, which they were busy putting up when we were there.

View of the harbour in Mousehole, Cornwall. The sky is grey and overcast
View of the harbour in Mousehole, with typical Cornish slate tiled houses overhanging the water. Boats are moored on the calm water
A pink painted house with a red phone box next to it. A huge candle Christmas light is attached to the building behind the phone box, as part of the Mousehole Christmas light display
A steep path leads between houses, leading to a white house with pale blue painted windows.
A stone house with tiled roof and blue painted door and windows.
A view of Mousehole harbour, with boats moored on the calm water and the harbour wall stretching into the distance
A wooden barometer, set into a building wall in Mousehole harbour

We followed the path uphill, out of the village, past the bird hospital, and quickly we found ourselves following the hedgerows along the coast. Being early October, there were still plenty of juicy blackberries to be found, and we couldn’t resist stopping to sample a few.

Ripe blackberries on a bramble
A path between hedgerows on the Mousehole to Lamorna Cove coastal path. A man in an orange jacket is picking blackberries from the hedgerow

We followed the hedgerows for a while, and then emerged on the headland. The terrain was a bit tricky in places and I have to admit that we did wish at points that we’d brought hiking boots with us (we were equipped with trainers, which were fine, but it was definitely muddy and rocky in parts). You can see the pine trees in the photo below, which is the Kemyel Crease Nature Reserve – a conifer plantation which slopes down to the sea, and which was planted as a wind block for the vegetation on the land behind.

View of Kemyel nature reserve on the South West Coastal Path from Mousehole to Lamorna Cove
View down on rocky cove, with blue green sea and waves crashing onto the rocks
A woman is sat on the grass on a clifftop, looking out into the distance. She is wearing a yellow jumper and jeans and you cannot see her face. The sea looks rough and choppy and the sky is overcast

There are some rewarding ascents, and rocky passages as you approach Lamorna Cove, and it’s a fantastic place to just find a spot to sit and admire the feeling of being outside and (mostly) alone. We did see a few other people as we made our way along the path, but mostly it felt like we were the only people around.

An uphill path lined with stone steps and a yellow waymarker on the Mousehole to Lamorna Cove South West Coastal Path
View towards Lamorna Cove
A rocky clifftop path, leading around the corner to Lamorna Cove

Lamorna Cove has a small cafe where you can grab a drink and a sit down, which we did, before heading back on our way. Obviously you could choose to head back the way you came, along the coast, or you can take the quicker route across the fields, which is what we did.

If you’re looking for a pretty and moderately challenging walk along the Cornish coastline, this is a must for your list.

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