The final extract from Secret Beaches: Southwest, which is published today, takes us to a lonely cove close to Land’s End, Cornwall, with no direct road access
Home to the Song of the Sea, a tall, narrow natural arch that winks at the golden sand, Nanjizal is thought by many to be the finest beach on the Penwith peninsula, in Cornwall’s far west. It’s truly secluded, though, and often deserted. This may be down to its distance from any road or car park. But it’s well worth making the effort to walk to, if only to check out its famous slit-like arch and some remarkable natural stone sculptures, including the Diamond Horse – an equine-shaped formation through which sunlight shines with a jewel-like glint. Caves and anenome-studded rockpools emerge when the sea retreats, and there’s even a freshwater waterfall, which is ideal for washing off all that post-swim salt. Our suggested walk is a straightforward stroll through fields and farmland, which takes in a short section of the Coastal Path before emerging onto the beach.