Coastal walk around Start Point

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4/5

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Date of travel

2014

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This walk is 3 1/2 – 4 miles but allow plenty of time as it's a bit up and down and some bits of the path are narrow. (Also, you'll definitely want to sit and enjoy the views; there are a few strategic benches). We started at Hallsands where there's a carpark with an honesty box. Firstly have a look at the village that was all but washed away in 1917 (viewpoint with interesting explanatory notices). Walk towards the lighthouse at Start Point. When open, tours are available for £4. We watched hundreds of gannets diving for fish right below the lighthouse. The path then winds round high above the sea and rocks towards Lannacombe beach. There was a seal below us and the path, although narrow and in parts rocky, isn't too demanding. A mile after the lighthouse, we took the well-signposted path turning inland to the Start Point carpark. Rejoin the coastpath back to Hallsands retracing earlier steps. As spring starts there will be lovely flowers along the path; we were too early but could see primroses and bluebells showing through. Apparently in the summer basking sharks and dolphins can be seen close to the coast there. An easier walk would be from the Start Point carpark just down the little road to the lighthouse, but no round walk option and it wouldn't take longer than 3/4 hour.

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