Circular walks visiting Lansallos Cove

The beach at Lansallos Cove, Cornwall

Lansallos Cove is also known as West Coombe, after the valley. The sheltered beach is composed of sand and shingle and was used to launch small fishing boats. The same characteristics that made it a good launching spot also make it good for swimming, particularly at mid-high tide when the bottom is sandy (at low tide, rocks are exposed). The bowl shape of the cove also traps warm water as the tide rises over the rocks and sand exposed to the sun. Sand from the cove was used by local farmers to improve soil drainage and as a source of lime. Seaweed was sometimes also used as a fertilizer as it is rich in potassium and contains a number of trace elements needed by plants. The small waterfall on the side of the beach was once used to power a mill.

  • 2.8 miles/4.5 km - Moderate

    Two Coombes of Lansallos

    Two Coombes of Lansallos

    2.8 miles/4.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Lansallos to the coves of Lantivet Bay where farmers collected seaweed and sand to improve the soil and smugglers landed French brandy.

  • 5 miles/8 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Lantivet Bay and Lansallos

    Lantivet Bay and Lansallos

    5 miles/8 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk above the white sand crescent of Lantic Bay and the small coves of Lantivet Bay where a battle was once fought between smugglers and Customs men, and following an ancient cart track along the stream through the woods to the mediaeval church of Lansallos.

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