Rinsey Circular Walk

Spectacular views of both the Lizard and Penwith Peninsulars' whilst surrounded by the remnants of the areas mining heritage. The inland sections also have superb views of the sea.

  • Distance: Approximately 6.5 km (4 miles).
  • Terrain: Moderate, undulating coast path with firm surface.  One moderately strenuous climb.
  • Time: 2 ½ to 3 hours.
  • Start: Ordnance Survey Grid Reference (OSGR) SW 591 271.
  • Nearest town: Porthleven.
  • Public transport: You can use Traveline South West to plan your journey.
  • Parking: At Rinsey Head. Please see Cornwall Council car parks for further information.
  • Refreshments: Praa Sands (summer only).
  • Public toilets: None nearby. Please see Public toilets for information on ownership and current opening times.
  • Stiles/gates/steps: 3 stiles and 1 gate.
  • Ordnance Survey map no/s (1:25,000): Explorer 102 and 103.

Leave Rinsey Head car park and take the coast path heading east towards Porthleven with views stretching along the Lizard peninsula.  This area was once a hive of mining activity, as evident from the impressive Wheal Prosper engine house, built in 1860, which stands ahead. Continue along the coast path for the next kilometre, rounding Trewavas Head, until it meets the junction of the coast path and the footpath just south of Trewavas Farm. Step over the stone block that serves as a stile and start to travel east. Ahead are spectacular views of Mounts Bay and the Penwith peninsular.  Continue along the path as it leaves the track and travels through a field to a stone stile.  Cross over the stile and continue along the well worn path.  There is another opportunity to look down on the engine house at Rinsey. 

The path enters the heart of the old mining hamlet of Rinsey.  From here locate the next part which is an inland section of the walk.  Walk along the road, as if leaving Rinsey, and head towards Ashton. Just past the last house in Rinsey there is a kissing gate.  Walk through the gate and continue along the path as it crosses a number of fields - keep a lookout for the old stone stiles in order to make sure you are following the right track.  Eventually it will come out at the hamlet of Hendra.

At Hendra, turn left and follow the road as it heads down towards Praa Sands.  The walk remains on this single track road for just over half a kilometre so be aware of oncoming traffic.  At the end of the road where it reaches the far eastern end of Praa Sands beach there is the opportunity to regain the coast path.  Rejoin the coast path and start to head back east to the start. As the path climbs up above Lesceave Cliffs there will again be evidence of mining activity. Continue until it eventually returns to the car park at Rinsey.