The Lost Land of Lyonesse
There is a tradition that Lyonesse lay between Land’s End and the Scilly Isles. At Land’s End, the dramatic granite pillars and buttresses of England’s most westerly point look out over a turbulent sea, where the land divides the English Channel from the Atlantic Ocean. Some people believe that Lyonesse was the site of King Arthur’s final battle with Mordred. According to Arthurian legend, King Arthur’s men fled west across Lyonesse after the Battle of Camlan, in AD 537. Arthur’s men reached the Scilly Isles as the sea rose to engulf the land joining them to the mainland; but Mordred’s men were drowned.
The walk starts at Land’s End car park (postcode TR197AA for satnavs). It is classed as a moderate walk – some rugged stretches of the Coast Path and inland footpaths through fields may be muddy, with plenty of ups and downs. This circuit of the headland also travels inland across a patchwork field system dating back thousands of years.
For more details about this walk go to its page on the South West Coast Path website.
This walk was inspired by the December photo on our 2015 Calendar.
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