MEVAGISSEY AND HELIGAN GARDENS
We're heading south to Cornwall, for a challenging seven-mile coastal hike.
Get set for a lively stomp up and down steep hills, narrow valleys and cliff top paths. Then finish your day at Heligan Gardens with a well-deserved slice of cake and a refreshing cup of tea.
This walk is longer than most - and it's also one of the most energetic, especially near the start. It's ideal if you have over-indulged in cream teas and need to burn off some calories.
The walk starts with an exhilarating section of coast path. This stretch has dramatic cliff scenery - and several sharp climbs and descents. This exertion is followed by a delightful level stretch along the Pentewan Valley before another climb to Heligan and the famous gardens. Sadly, the gardens generate a lot of traffic and what should be a quiet lane can be uncomfortably busy, but there is no other route.
A brisk ten-minute march and you are there. It takes several hours to see the gardens properly so to combine a visit with this walk would make for a very long day. Suitably refreshed, you will find the last part of the walk sheer delight, as an easy track leads down a woodland valley back to the start with many pleasing views over this landscape of rounded hills and deep combes.
The busy Willows Restaurant at the Heligan Gardens has a vine growing around it. There are some tables outside. They serve cakes, cream teas with delicious scones and excellent shortbread. The Servery offers filled jacket potatoes, sandwiches, salads and a choice of hot meals using fresh produce from the garden, between noon and 2.30pm.
They are open 10am until 6pm in the summer and close at 5pm in winter. Telephone: 01726 845100. There are also several tearooms and restaurants in Mevagissey.
Distance 7 Miles