Running at Land's End
Penzance to Land's End
Distance: 16.5 miles/ 27km
Start/Finish: Penzance Station TR18 2LT, Land's End
Terrain: Trail, road, coast path
Ascent: 791 metres
Navigation: Easy to moderate
Good for: Coast, history, culture
A tough but rewarding coastal run with plenty of scenery and history that can be run in sections or, for those up for a challenge, in its entirety. Steep steps and narrow paths make for exciting, technical running. Leave Penzance by the coast road to the west, through Newlyn and Mousehole, before following the SW Coast Path sign left out onto the rugged coast path. Continue along an undulating mixture of trail and granite steps to Lamorna. The secluded cove and café here, surrounded by bluebell woods in spring, provides a welcome spot for a rest. Climb steep steps to the cliff top, passing Treen’s white sandy beaches and the Minack Theatre. In the final miles, grasslands make for easier running as Land’s End beckons.
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