above: The path to Gorran Haven
Duration / Distance: 3 Hours, 4 Miles
Terrain: Stiles at Cotna, in the woods and at Colonna; steep ups and downs, can be muddy / slippery in Portmellon valley when wet; off road apart from walking on quiet lane between Trewollack and Gorran.
Overview: Quiet peaceful woods; riverside and fields downhill to Portmellon; coast path above cliffs to architectural gem Chapel Point, secluded deserted small circular sandy beach at Colonna; spectacular cliff walk with views down to picturesque Gorran Haven.
Leave Cotna through entrance way then immediately right along the hedge of the oval field. Over the stile on the right, cross 2 horse fields on the path, then over the 3rd stile and down steep grassy hill in Sanctuary Wood.
Turn right at bottom through gate, follow path over stream, across wild field, over stile into West Bodrugan Wood nature reserve. Keep to the level path, cross the small lane from Galowras Mill and keep on the level wooded path, over a stile onto the level path beside the marsh then through the last field to Portmellon boatyard. At the harbour see the Rising Sun Inn to the left and the coast road to Mevagissey.
Turn right uphill, then soon turn left onto Chapel Point Lane (coast path). Keep walking past the houses and the unwelcoming signs; take the coast path down to the left and across fields to Chapel Point and down to Colonna Beach.
Follow the coast path uphill and for the next mile towards Gorran Haven. After crossing the kissing gate by the bridge over the stream follow the path to the top of the next slope then bear right, away from the actual coast path, towards the next field gate. Follow the cattle track across the fields bearing to the right until you reach the gate and the track leading up to the right to Trewollack.
At the lane turn left through Trewollack, keeping straight on to Trelispen. At the next junction turn right (unsuitable for motors, but they do use it!) Cross the next lane with care and go through the lane onto the track. Lean on the next gate to admire Cotna across the valley.
Climb over the stile on the left before the gate and follow the hedge on the right across the field and then down to the stream with its stiles and wooden bridge. Follow the narrow path past the first cottages into Gorran. Up at the back of the church, turn right back down Cotna Lane. Or keep straight on for a 100 yard stumble into the Barley Sheaf pub.