Skip to content

The First and Last Trail

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 GalleryJubilee 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.


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.

Bike hire:  is available at Penzance. 

What to look out for:

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

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 train station or Hayle train station which are on the main line.  It is just a short walk from both train stations to join the trail.  If you wish to start the trail at a different point you can catch a bus or taxi to a nearby village or town. From Hayle train station the bus stop is located at the bottom of the hill on the main road. 

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.

Bus - buses run to many of the nearby towns and villages.  You can find information about timetables and tickets on the Traveline South West website.  

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.

Need help?

Most issues can be resolved online, it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.

Your feedback is important to us

Help us improve our service