Little Gwendreath Walk the South West Coast Path - Day 8 - Coverack - Roskillys
Updated: Apr 8
Map: OS Explorer: 103
Distance: 3.7 miles/6.0 km
Steepness grade: Moderate
Recommended footwear: Walking boots, or trainers in summer
Setting off from the beach wall at Coverack we followed the coast path down a side road through
large houses overlooking the sea. The beach at Coverack is revealed at low tide and is a low shelving
beach with crystal clear water. It is rarely busy and with the village so close ice creams are easy to
acquire so makes for a great family beach. There is also a water sports school and hire centre so you can explore the area even more thoroughly.
Stepping out of the village we enter yet another of the Lizard’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The
geology of this area is unique and that allows many rare plants and animals that feed on them to
thrive. The coast we will be walking on is fairly flat until we begin our ascent up to Roskillys near the
The large sweep of land here is called Lowland Point which makes sense as the sea butts right up to the grass and stones. There are no dramatic cliffs here as there have been on many of our
walks so far and it makes for a refreshing change.
We pass through a farmstead abandoned centuries ago which has now been taken over by
primroses and other wildflowers. The going here is flat but you have to keep an eye on each step as
the floor is littered with boulders and small trickling streams that can make the earth quite boggy
after wet weather. The National Trust, who own Lowland Point seem to have put two and two
together and have made many stepping stone paths over boggy areas that not only help to keep
your shoes dry but look very authentic in the abandoned farmsteads.
The beaches here are made up of the same gabbro boulders that lay strewn all over the coast path
but amongst the stones are fragments of iron ore thrown overboard in an attempt to refloat a
sinking ship. The SS Ocklinge ran aground on Lowland Point in 1932 and the iron ore she was
carrying can still be found littering the shore here.
Soon we reach Dean Quarry, where the gabbro has been quarried until it was closed in 2008. The
path runs right along the front of the quarry and then drops down into Godrevy cove which is a quiet
beach all year round due to the lack of parking. This is another great beach for families although
access is down a long path winding between fields so maybe don’t bring that huge icebox with you.
After passing through the village of Rosenithon we arrive at Roskillys farm. Famous for making great
ice cream Roskillys also now have an outdoor pizza oven and BBQ area where you can pick up some
amazing food mostly made from the farms produce. At certain times of the day you can ascend
some stairs over the milking parlour to watch the cows being milked. This is made more interesting
by the chart listing all of the cow’s names which you can match up to the number on the cow. Over
the road you can feed some of the animals with bags of food purchased from Roskillys shop or explore some of their walking fields featuring beehives and duckponds. Also at Roskillys farm is the Coast Colour Canvas gallery which showcases art from a number of local artists. Most are landscapes of the local area and are very affordable which make for great mementos of your trip.