Running The South West Coast Path

Posted on June 18th, 2016

Running is one of my passions and a love of the coast another. When I have the chance to combine the two and run the South West Coast Path here in Cornwall I jump at the chance. Last Sunday began damp and miserable with a very soggy feed run followed by Clio insisting that her friend’s beach party at Polzeath was still carrying on. I packed my running kit and body board and reluctantly drove off to the beach, the window wipers swooshing along the country lanes.


What a difference a few miles makes. It is less than 10 miles from Coombe Mill to the coast yet by the time we arrived the skies were clearing. Thanks to the overcast conditions inland the beach was deserted. I left Clio dashing over to catch up with her friends who were playing beach cricket and felt much more inspired for my run.

The South West Coast Path from Polzeath Beach June 2016

The South West Coast Path Polzeath to Lundy Bay


This was my first run of the year along the South West Coast Path from Polzeath. To make it a circular loop I took the lane to the Lundy Bay Car Park hopping a farm gate along the way to capture these lovely poppies.


Poppy season along the coast path #poppy #poppies #flowers #meadow #grass #countryside #coastal

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From Lundy Bay I ran back along to Polzeath via the coast path taking in The Rumps. I had quite forgotten how breathtaking the views can be. Stopping to catch my breath along the way, the combination of wild coastal flowers and dramatic cliffs falling away to turquoise blue waters had me snapping away on my phone.


With views like this running is easy. #running #coastpath #cornwall #coast #flowers #sea #bluesky

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By the time I returned I was pleasantly hot and bothered and happy to relax in the sea with my body board for half an hour until Clio returned cake in hand after her beach party.

Polzeath Beach on the South West Coast Path

Back at the farm the sun had finally made an appearance but nothing like the clear skies of the beach. Cornwall has so many micro weather systems at play, it is often worth travelling in search of the sun and for the more energetic I can thoroughly recommend running the North Cornwall stretch of the South West Coast Path.