The First and Last Trail

The First and Last Trail

Image of St Michaels Mount

An Hens Kensa Ha Dewetha (Land's End to Hayle)

Land's End is internationally recognised and a focal point for any visitor to Cornwall. Heading east along quiet lanes, the trail leaves the magnificent coastline and enters the ancient landscape of Penwith. The trail takes in the picturesque villages of Sennen, Lamorna and Mousehole and reveals fantastic views across Mount's Bay.

Who can use the trail?

The First and last Trail is a mixture of off and on road sections, much of it is hilly and is shared with vehicles and pedestrians.

The first section of the trail from Land's End is suitable for families, cyclists, walkers and horse riders, however to access Sennen there is a steep on road section.

The section of the trail between Penzance and Marazion is off road and suitable for families, less experienced cyclists and wheel chair users and follows the Southwest Coast path.

Please note that the section of the trail along Marazion does not allow horse riders as it is on a public footpath.

Description of the trail

The total length of the trail 25 miles (39.6 km).

Starting from Land's End:

The first section from Land's End to the top of Sennen Cove is off road and relatively level, however to access Sennen there is a steep on road section.

There is a level route between Mousehole, Newlyn, Penzance and Marazion, as well as excellent links to popular tourist attractions such as Newlyn Art Gallery,Jubilee Pool and St Michael's Mount.

The trail leaves the south coast at Marazion following relatively level minor roads along sheltered river valleys to Hayle and the more rugged north coast.

Download The First and Last Trail leaflet which includes a map and further information about the trail.

Damage to parts of the trail

The Penzance to Marazion section suffered severe damage during last winter's storms, in places the surface is uneven and awaiting repair.

How to get there

There are a number of ways that you can get to the First and Last Trail.

Rail - you can catch the train to Penzance and Hayle which are on the main line.

Car - View the map in The First and Last Trail leaflet to find out how to get there by car.  Car parks are located along the route and further information can be found below.

Facilities and parking

Cost: Free

Refreshments: There are a number of places to eat along the trail including pubs and restaurants at Land's End, Sennen Cove, Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance.

Toilets: are located along the trail at Land's End, Sennen Cove, Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance.

Car parks: There are a number of car parks along the trail and can be found at:

  • Sennen - Car parks at the harbour and beach and seasonal car park at the top of the hill.
  • Newlyn - A number of car parks in the town
  • Penzance - A number of car parks in the town
  • Longrock - Beach car park
  • Marazion - Station House car park
  • Hayle - A number of car parks in the town

On the car park locations, charges and facilities page you can find information about car parks in the above areas.

What to look out for:

  • Mayon Cliff, nr Lands End - clifftop heathland
  • Mounts Bay - sea birds and stunning views
  • Marazion to Hayle - Cornish hedges.

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