Millook Circular Walk
Distance: Approx 6 miles
Time: Allow 3 hours
This wonderful walk leads you through one of the most unspoilt, remote and beautiful areas in North Cornwall. The ancient woodlands of the Millook Valley now belong to the Woodland Trust and are a haven for lichens and a range of wildlife, whilst the age-old hay meadows within the woods host a profusion of native flowers. By contrast to the shaded valley are the breathtaking clifftop views above the prehistoric, stunted woods of the Dizzard. Here the wind-pruned trees and shrubs are a true spectacle throughout the seasons.
From the bottom of Millook valley, cross the road-bridge in a Southerly direction and walk up the hill.
After the walled garden of ‘Bosun’s Locker’ bungalow, bear left along the track marked ‘Public Footpath’.
Keep ahead, through gates and up the valley track past woods and meadows towards ‘The Den’
Cross the footbridge and turn right, to walk through the woods alongside the river.
Climb a ladder-stile into a broad meadow filled with wildflowers. At the far side, exit via another ladder-stile on the left.
Turn right and follow the way-marked lane towards ‘Dizzard & Trengayor’.
Cross the small bridge and bear left at the private gate, up the grassy path to the side of ‘Lions Den’ Cottage.
Shortly, turn right through a kissing-gate. Cross the meadow and enter the woods over a stile.
Cross the river via a wooden footbridge and tur left, into ‘Tamps and Landy Woods’.
Take the left path at the junction and follow the stream inland. Keep ahead on the uneven woodland path (which can be very muddy), crossing the small footbridge over a tributary.
At a sharp, double bend in the stream, cross the river-bed and climb steps to a way-mark post pointing right.
Head uphill, with the stream on your right in the valley below and climb steadily up an ancient, rugged track worn deep between high banks.
At the top of the hill, go through a wooden farm gate and turn right (this section can be extremely mucky). Keep on the track, through a metal gate and between the houses.
At the end of the lane, turn right along the main road (beware of traffic!)
Just before ‘Dizzard Farm’, turn left down the concrete drive, sign-posted ‘To the Coastpath’.
Pass through the metal gate, cross the yard and exit via the gap between the barn and the right side of the far gate.
Keep ahead, into the grassy lane which leads down between high hedges.
Cross into the field, over a stile by the gate, and follow the right hedge down towards the valley.
Climb another stile by a gate and head down to a stile/footbridge combo over a small stream.
Clamber up the valley side, under stunted trees and out into open fields again. Keep to the right hedge.
At the far corner, turn right and cross a stile by a gate, the go immediately left and over another stile marked ‘To Coastpath’.
Keep ahead, with the marshy ditch to your left.
At the far end, cross a stile into a narrow path edge with sloe bushes.
Shortly, join the junction with the Coast Path proper and turn right, inland, sign-posted ‘Dizzard Road 0.5m’.
Go through a small gate and keep climbing (there are great views from this section along the coast and over the ancient Dizzard Woods etc.)
Cross a stile in a stone hedge leading into fields and turn left.
Keep on, over another stile and through the next field (keeping away from the crumbling cliff-edge) to a stile in the far hedge.
Follow the left edge of the field, past the leaning Trig Mark and over the next stile.
Skirt around the left side of this large field to a stile, then start to descend, to the wary-mark post in the far corner.
Pass into the wooded valley and walk down to the stream.
Climb the steps, cross the stile and boardwalk, then keep onwards, following the way-marks into the fields again.
Bear left and keep to the field edge (note the zig-zag folds of rock in the cliffs ahead).
Follow the path to the seaward side of the bungalow and climb the stile.
Then keep going on the Coast Path, negotiating stiles and steps between hedges of sloe, gorse and hawthorn sculpted by the prevailing winds.
From the top of the last headland, there are fine views of Millook beach and the dramatic geology of its surrounding cliffs.
Just past a sign saying ‘Millook’, cross a stile and turn down left on the winding road sign-posted ‘Coast Path Millook ¼ m’
Descend the steep hill into the hamlet and walk back to the road-bridge at the top of the beach.