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The South West Coast Path comes to the big screen

Discover the secret coves and sandy beaches that inspired the characters in Summer in February - the film that everyone’s talking about this summer, by following in their footsteps along the South West Coast Path.

Starring Dan Stevens, Emily Browning, Dominic Cooper and Hattie Morahan, Summer in February is the true story of a tangled love triangle between land manager Gilbert Evans and the famous Newlyn artists Florence Carter-Wood and Sir Alfred Munnings, set against the timeless beauty of the rugged Cornish coastline on the eve of the First World War.

The book and film feature various locations on the West Cornwall coastline, from the picturesque fishing village of Lamorna, where Munnings once lived and courted Florence, to the beautiful Porthcurno beach that was used as one of the locations in the film.

Here's our pick of the best walks inspired by Summer in February:

Lamorna to Mousehole 5.3 miles challenging

Gilbert and Florence enjoyed many walks along this stretch of coast and it is one such walk that inspired the film's title. It was taken from one of Gilbert's diary entries, in which he wrote about walking with Florence on the coast on a summer's day, although the date it was recorded was in February.

Holwell Bay 4.5 miles – moderate

Many of the beach scenes in Summer in February were shot at Holywell Bay, including Gilbert and Alfred on horseback where they first discuss the alluring Florence Carter-Wood. It is also where a heroic act of midwinter skinny dipping took place. 

Porthcurno and Penberth 3 miles Moderate

Porthcurno was one of the locations used in the filming of Summer in February. It’s the setting for a night-time beach party in the film but it’s best seen by day. Combine a visit here with a tour of the gardens in the grounds of the Minack Theatre, or stay for the evening to take in a summer performance.

A Twirl of the Cape – 4.8 miles moderate

Cape Cornwall was one of the locations used in the filming of Summer in February to represent events that actually took place outside the Jories Hotel in Lamorna, which is now called The Cove.

Kenneggy and Praa Sands taking in Prussia Cove 4.7 miles easy

Prussia Cove was one of the locations used in the filming of Summer in February where you’ll find the seaside hovel that Gilbert Evans offers as a painting studio (and love token) to Carter-Wood. It’s here that the climactic scenes of the film play out. 

The official UK launch is on 14th June. Full cinema listings and film trailer can be found on the Visit Cornwall website.

Published on: May 21, 2013

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  • The South West Coast Path shared Phil Starkey - Photography's photo. A really atmospheric shot of Gyllngvase Beach, Falmouth by Phil Starkey - Photography. Here's some walks nearby where you can go to experience more of the same letting the train take the strain to get to your starting point www.southwestcoastpath.com/day-walks/railways-walks/walks-falmouth-station/ Just going through some of the photos that I have taken over the last week and will hopefully be posting more to the October album later. But for now I thought I'd share with you this one that I took on Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth. It had been a really murky start to the day but after lunch the weather started to break producing some interesting light and lovely skies. As always please do share if you wish. f/11 1/500 ISO 100 10mm All Rights Reserved — at Gyllngvase Beach. more
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  • The South West Coast Path shared Walking for Health's photo. There are Walking for Health groups all over the UK. If you're looking for ways to increase the distance you can walk they make for great boot camps for walking further along the SW Coast Path - see if you can find a group near you. "I feel so much fitter and more active in general." "Now I walk for enjoyment, not just around the supermarket." "I’ve made lots of new friends as a result of meeting up with the group as well." How has walking helped you? Let us know! more
  • A walker's menu at South Sands Hotel - and somewhere to hire a thermos flask from! Also a great place to start a number of circular walks from. You can pick up a leaflet to guide the way before the off from their Walker's Hut more
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