|Each section is planned to enable
a car to be left at a central point and by using public transport you can return to it at
the end of your holiday. For this reason the sections do not end exactly at county
boundaries. Our route follows the traditional paths coastguards walked while patrolling
the cliffs on the lookout for smugglers. On some sections the route diverts inland due to
cliff erosion. Some parts are very rugged, with footpaths descending into a valley only to
climb to the clifftop again. There are a number of river crossings, with lengthy detours
if the ferries are not operational (they have a very short summer season). The
ever-changing landscape with secluded coves of golden sands which only the walker can
reach make these walks a memory to treasure.
This part of the Coast Path is very scenic, with ferry trips over several rivers. It starts at one busy harbour and ends at another, with many small ones in between. Sometimes seals can be seen in the sea below the cliffs. During the nesting season the cliffs are very busy indeed. When you pass through the ancient port of Charlestown, near St Austell, you may see a sailing ship in the harbour. The route meanders over grassy hills and through little villages, finishing in a country park across the Tamar from Plymouth. The Cremyll Ferry travels across the river to the end of the walk.
The Cremyll Ferry - Another river crossing
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