A short walk along the dunes at the top of the beach, or the beach itself, brings you into Marazion. It is necessary to divert away from the coast and make your way through the town, which is busy at most times of the year and is home to numerous pubs, cafes and guesthouses. St Michael's Mount can be visited by walking along the causeway at low tide.
After Trenow Cove comes half a mile of National Trust coastal property, with dramatic views of the less familiar eastern side of the Mount. The landscape here is mostly small flat fields punctuated by an ancient network of Cornish hedges, often constructed using boulders from the beaches below. Native tamarisk provides shelter from the prevailing winds and the fertile sandy soils and mild climate are ideal for flower farming. Look out for a ramshackle boathouse on the low crumbly cliff above Trevelyan Cove, before the stark cliffs of Maen-du-Point lead down into Perranuthnoe.
Go through the village, heading for the sea. Turn left at the footpath sign, just after the car park, going first through fields and then onto Trebarvah Cliff.
Soon you will reach Cudden Point, a long, narrow finger of rock that reaches straight out into the sea. The path cuts across the point, although the more adventurous among you might decide to scramble along its spine right to the end, taking care not to slip!
Piskies Cove is a picturesque affair, with the sandy bottom giving rise to particularly clear water, changing from deep blue to purple to azure.
On to the historic Prussia Cove, where the path runs for a short while between the walls of two large, old stone buildings. After you pass a row of granite coastguard cottages go through the gate and fork right at the first junction. At Kennegy Sands a steep climb (with ropes) is necessary to access the beach, or continue along the low crumbly cliff and around Hoe Point. Soon the path becomes a green track which leads into Praa Sands.
Continue along the top of the beach and up onto the wild and scrubby Lesceave cliff, which is altogether different. Waste mounds from past mining activity are visible under an overgrowth of hawthorn and gorse. Look out for a large concrete bunker left over from world war two.