Annual Guide Section 32 (6.6 miles " 10.6 km) Grading: Moderate
The route ascends concrete steps at the far end of the village. It turns right then climbs towards a battlemented structure, a granite look-out post. From the lookout there are many well-worn paths to Land's End - needless to say, the best is the most seaward - just keep heading on towards the hotel block at Land's End. As you progress down from the lookout try to keep some attention on Land's End itself. At one point along the path the 50 yard (45 m) long cave through Dr Syntax's Head comes into view.
Once that headland has been reached you are at Land's End and probably sharing it with many others who have come by car to enjoy the view and visit the First and Last House gift shop " they don’t know what they are missing!
The best thing about Land's End is undoubtedly its seascape. On a really clear day it is possible to see the Isles of Scilly about 25 miles (37.5 km) away, and usually there are views of the lighthouses on Wolf Rock and the Longships. There are numerous offshore rocks with names ranging from Kettle’s Bottom to the more sinister Shark's Fin.
Even in comparatively calm weather the sea off Land's End is in a state of turmoil and in stormy weather the sight is more than dramatic. The Longships Lighthouse was built in 1873, is 50 feet (15 m) high on a rock base 60 feet (17 m) tall, yet in a gale it can look most insecure.
Land's End is firmly fixed in our minds as the opposite end of our Isle to John o'Groats some 873 miles (1309 km) away: the fact that Dunnet Head on the mainland of
Scotland is actually further north makes no difference. Because of this fixed idea of opposites, all sorts of motor trials, bicycle runs and even pedestrian events have been routed between the two.
The Coast Path passes on to Dr Johnson's Head where all facilities are available. The route passes in front of the hotel complex. Here you will encounter even more crowds enjoying the views and entertainment provided.
There are two interesting rock formations to seaward. First there is the chunky outline of the Armed Knight, and secondly the arched Enys Dodnan. These, usually together with the Longships as a background, have often been photographed and also appear in a picture painted by the artist Vernon Ward.