|Looking West from Rinsey Cove|
The start of the route sees you running down the hill towards Praa Sands through the ubiquitous narrow gorse lined pathways common throughout Cornwall. Before long you are treated to one of the finest stretches of sand in the West country. I'm blessed to be equidistant from both Praa to the South and Gwithian to the North, allowing a choice of excellent sandy joy based on the prevailing conditions of the day (and time of year unfortunately - Gwithian wins hands down in the summer due to it being, in part at least, dog friendly whereas Praa can only be enjoyed sans Canine between Easter and October 1st).
Arriving at Praa you have a choice - follow a permissive path of road and a little bit of dunes or drop onto the beach and run along the shoreline. At the far end of the beach are Cafe's, The Sand Bar and Stones Reef Surf shop, not to mention 80% of the visitors who plonk themselves down within a minutes walk of the car park, toilets and refreshments.
|Old buildings above Prussia Cove|
Moving on from here the path traverses fields in places with a couple of steep drops and before long opens out onto a road leading into Perranuthnoe. I've never spent any time on this beach though it appears to be a good size at low tide. The village is very pretty and has a Cafe, craft shops, toilets and a pub.
Leaving Perranuthnoe, the path follows fields and is fairly flat all the way into Marazion. There are a couple of places where the correct path is not obvious but its easy enough to work it out. Just before you get to Marazion you drop down steep metal steps onto a rock beach, skirting some private residences before climbing back up, via more steep steps and a road to reach the main drag through the village itself. Follow the road as long as you wish; its possible to get down to the beach in a number of places. From here, take a trip over the causeway to St Michael's Mount, continue along the beach (or the road) or turn back and retrace your steps. There is something magical about Marazion, a beautiful sand and pebble beach leading out from between the Mount and the white-washed fisherman's cottages of the village - what's not to love?
On a personal note, despite this being the shortest and flattest long run I've done over the last month I found it extremely hard going - the last few weeks have finally caught up with me. Luckily I get to ease off for a couple of weeks so hopefully by the 8th June I'll be ready to roll.