Lansallos coastal and woodland walk

Walking trail

This magnificent stretch of coastline has no twentieth century intrusions detracting from the natural splendour of secluded coves and beaches. Slightly inland, the soft rolling hills separate the coast from farmland and the sunken lane at Lansallos Cove conjures up images of smugglers and wreckers hauling carts laden with contraband.

Lansallos view along coastline


Map route for Lantic Bay Lansallos coastal and woodland walk


Lansallos car park, grid ref: SX173517


Leave the car park and turn left down the Hill. Pass the church and follow the road round to the left, continuing for 0.5 miles (0.75km).


Go through the wooden gate on the right marked To the coast path (East Coombe). After a short flight of steps the path bears left until you reach the stream. Turn right and follow the streamside path downhill.


The path joins the coast path at the bottom of the valley. You can take a short half mile (0.75km) detour left, over the wooden bridge, to the small white daymark, now replaced by a modern buoy marking the submerged Udder Rock. Look west from here to see the red and white stripes of the much larger Gribbin Daymark.


Return from the daymark and walk along the coast path marked Polruan.

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Continue along the coast path for 0.75 mile (1.2km). Look west for stunning views of Pencarrow Head and beyond to Dodman Point. It is also a good spot to see grey seals and fulmars, so bring your binoculars.

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Follow the sign marked Polruan to reach Lansallos Cove.

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From Lansallos Cove, take the path up the valley (West Coombe) and through a gate at the top. Cross the bridge and at the t-junction go left for 0.75 mile (1.2km) woodland walk (go to point 8). Alternatively, go right for the gentle sunken lane for 0.75 mile (1.2km) (avoiding tall styles) up to Lansallos village (go to point 9).


Woodland walk: follow the path through the woods and up the hill. At the T-junction turn right and follow the path around the fields and over three distinctive Cornish stiles to the church.


At the church in Lansallos village, head up the hill towards the car park.

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Lansallos car park, grid ref: SX173517

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Lansallos coastal and woodland walk


The South West Coast Path and woodland walk contain stiles and narrow paths which can be muddy after wet weather. Steps and steep slopes from Lansallos to East Coombe, 0.5 miles (0.8km). Wide, gravel path, uneven and steep slopes in places on optional section towards Lansallos village. Access to cove along narrow and uneven path. If on the beach, beware of incoming tides and dangerous currents. Cliffs are dangerous (children should be supervised). Dogs welcome on Lansallos cove beach all year round. Please keep dogs under control and clean up after them.

Lansallos coastal and woodland walk

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Lansallos coastal and woodland walk

How to get here

Lansallos, Cornwall, PL13
By train

Looe, 6.5 miles (10.5km)

By road

From A390, Dobwalls to Lostwithiel, take B3359 at East Taphouse to Pelynt. At Pelynt, follow signs for Polruan/Lansallos. National Trust car park on left as you come into Lansallos village.

By foot

South West Coast Path 3.25 miles (5km) west of Polperro and 0.75 miles (1.2km) from Lansallos village.

By bus

Looe to Polruan 281, alight at Lansallos church

Lansallos coastal and woodland walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Frogmore car park (SX157516)
  • Dogs are welcome under close control as farm livestock may be present
  • Be aware of cliff edges and unstable cliffs - keep children supervised