Coastal walks in North Cornwall
These walks all feature the North Cornish coast path as part of the circular route. Since the coast is rugged, walking speed along the coastal path will generally be slower than the inland footpaths, so take your time, enjoy the coastal scenery and aim to finish the walk d'reckly.
The walk starts at Constantine Bay and follows the coast path around Trevose Head, passing Booby's Bay and a collapsed cave, before reaching Dinas Head and the lighthouse. The route follows the coast path around Trevose Head before reaching the sandy beaches of Mother Ivy's and Harlyn Bay. The return route is fairly quick, following lanes back to Constantine.
The route follows the dunes from Rock to Daymer Bay opposite the Doom Bar, then passes St Enodoc Church - the burial place of Sir John Betjamen - on its way inland to the pretty village of St Minver with its characteristic (and slightly wonky) church spire. The return route passes 3 pubs and Sharp's Brewery, presenting opportunities for the more refreshing kind of Doom Bar, as it descends from the fields of the St Minver Highlands to the St Minver Lowlands along the Camel Estuary.
The walk starts from Tintagel Visitor's Centre and passes King Arthur's Great Halls and the Tintagel Old Post Office on its way to Barras Nose - the first coastal land ever purchased by the National Trust. The route then follows the coast past Tintagel Castle to St Materiana's church on the return route.
From the church on Glebe Cliff, the walk follows the coast path past coastal slate quarries to the cliffs above the sandy surf beach at Trebarwith Strand. After an optional visit to the beach, the route then follows one of the quarrymens' trails into Treknow and returns along age-old lanes and tracks connecting Treknow to the church and castle.
The walk starts along the harbour and then ascends through Padstow's mediaeval network of streets to reach the ancient church and Prideaux Place, once the site of St Petroc's monastery. The walk continues to the Doom Bar via Tregirls Farm where there are panoramic views over the Camel Estuary. The return route to Padstow is along the long sandy beaches of Harbour Cove and St George's Cove.
The walk starts with a 10 minute bus ride from Newquay to Watergate Bay. The walk then follows the coast path from Watergate Bay to Whipsiddery beach. After an optional diversion to Trevelgue Head and Porth Island, the route crosses Porth beach to join the coast path to Lusty Glaze. The return to Newquay is along the cliff edge from Lusty Glaze to Tolcarne Beach.
The walk begins on the beach at Watergate Bay and follows the sand for over a mile to Whipsiddery where there are some large sea caves. The route then crosses Trevelgue Head to reach the beach at Porth. Here the route joins the coast path and follows this around the promontary fort on Trevelgue Head, then returns past Fruitful Cove with panoramic views over Watergate Bay.
The walk starts at Polzeath beach and follows the coast path, known as "The Greenaway", around past a number of small beaches with pretty purple-and-green striped rocks. There are also many rockpools to explore at low tide. The route leads around Trebetherick point and descends onto the beach at Daymer Bay before heading through the sand dunes to St Enodoc Church - the burial place of Sir John Betjamen. The route then loops inland, across fields and golf courses, back to Polzeath.
The walk starts from Mawgan Porth, the heads along the pretty Vale of Lanherne to St Mawgan beside the River Menalhyl, before returning through the churchyard and through meadows and woodland to Mawgan Porth.
The walk starts from the Visitor's Centre and passes King Arthur's Great Halls and the Old Post Office on its way to Tintagel Castle. The route then follows the coast to Barras Nose - the first coastal land ever purchased by the National Trust - and continues past the Iron Age hillfort at Willapark to the sandy beach at Bossiney Haven. After passing Benoath Cove, the route follows the river up Rocky Valley through the woodland. It returns to Tintagel via Bossiney, where Sir Francis Drake was elected to Parliament.
The route follows the river through Tehidy Country Park to Coombe and then crosses the Reskajeage Downs to reach the North Cliffs near Deadman's Cove. The walk then follows the coast path along the top of the steep cliffs to Basset's Cove. Here the walk re-enters Tehidy Country Park, passing through the bluebell woods of the North Cliffs Plantation to complete the circular route.
Starting with a bus journey to Porthcothan, this walk follows the coast path from Porthcothan Bay past the Trescore Islands to Porth Mear and High Cove then around Park Head to reach Pentire Steps. From here the route passes the islets along Bedruthan Steps to reach Carnewas near the National Trust tearoom. The final section of the walk rounds Trerathick and Trenance points to reach Mawgan Porth.
The route follows along the coast from Constantine Bay to Treyarnon, then past a series of deep inlets to Porthcothan. The return route is fairly quick, via some lanes, so you can linger on the coastal stretch and explore the headlands between the inlets, or the beaches at low tide.
The walk starts by crossing the sandy beach at Holywell and follows the coast path around Kelsey Head to the pretty cove of Porth Joke. The walk continues around West Pentire point, which is famous for its wildflowers, past the blowhole, to Crantock beach and comes inland at the Bowgee Inn. From here, the return route is over the Cubert Common nature reserve along the edge of the Holywell dunes, which form part of the Penhale Sands dune system important for wildlife.
The walk starts at Trebarwith Strand and follows the tracks trodden by the donkeys laden with slate from the coastal quarries to Tintagel Haven where the slate was loaded onto ships, passing the ancient St Materiana church and Tintagel Castle on the way. The route turns inland from Barras Nose, passing the impressive victorian Castle Hotel, the medieval Old Post Office and King Arthur's Great Halls before returning via Treknow - one of the oldest slate quarrying villages in North Cornwall
The walk follows the coast path from Pentire Steps via Bedruthan Steps to Mawgan Porth, with stunning views of the coastline. From Mawgan Porth, the route passes the remains of St Eval airfield to which RAF St Mawgan was a minor satellite, but landings are now by flocks of lapwing and patrols are by sheep. The return route is on small lanes and footpaths past a megalith, with plenty of flowers and wildlife.
The walk follows the coast north from Widemouth Bay to Bude, passing Phillip's Point Nature reserve, over Efford Down, to the watchtower at Compass Point. The route then turns inland at the Bude breakwater and follows the canal from the sea lock into Bude. The walk then follows the canal towpath up to Helebridge where it follows a pleasant route over fields from Whalesborough to the coast.
The walk starts from Daymer Bay and heads through the sand dunes to Rock, via St Enodoc Church: the burial place of Sir John Betjamen, and itself once buried by the dunes. The next leg is on the passenger ferry to Padstow, where the route ascends from the harbour, passing the ancient church and Prideaux Place, once the site of St Petroc's monastery. The walk continues past Tregirls to the Doom Bar. The beaches of Harbour Cove and St Georges Cove form the return route to Padstow. After a second river crossing, the route follows the sands of Daymer Bay from Rock.
The walk starts at Porthcothan and follows the coast path past a series of inlets used by smugglers to Treyarnon, and from here to Constantine Bay. The route then passes Booby's Bay and a collapsed cave, before reaching Dinas Head and the lighthouse. The final section is above the sandy beaches of Mother Ivy's Bay to reach Harlyn Bay.
The walk starts from Bossiney, heading out across fields to the hamlet of Halgabron then down the lane to Rocky Valley. The route follows the Trevillett river as it winds through ancient woodland out into a canyon leading to the sea. The walk then joins the coast path, climbing up onto the headland and behind Benoath Cove and finally on to Bossiney Haven.
From the harbour, the route follows the Panoramic Path, where there are excellent views over the village, then crosses fields to reach the Coast Path overlooking Pentargon waterfall and follows this towards Boscastle, with spectacular views of the harbour on the descent. The route crosses the harbour to the coastguard lookout at Willapark and returns via Forrabury common and church and along Boscastle's Old Road.
Starting from the fishing village of Port Quin, the route follows the edge of the natural harbour to the folly at Doyden Point. From there the path passes the mineshafts that were once used to extract antimony on its way to Trevan Point which is now grazed by Dartmoor Ponies. The path then descends to the beaches of Epphaven Cove and Lundy Bay. The return to Port Quin begins beside the collapsed cave and crosses fields via Portreath Bee Centre to join a small lane to Port Quin.
The walk starts at Millook Haven and follows Millook Water upstream, then climbs through Trebarfoote Wood to Trebarfoote Manor, overlooking the valley. The route descends further upstream, crossing meadows and climbing through Landy Wood, on the other side of the valley, before reaching the coast at Sharhole Point. The return is via the coast path from Cancleave Strand, across Millook Common, passing Gull Rock and Broad Strand, before returning to Millook Mouth.
The route climbs from Trevaunance Cove through the gardens to the coast path and follows this to Trevellas Porth. Here the route turns inland passing the engine houses and Blue Hill Tin and follows the stream up Trevellas Coombe. The route then follows tracks, footpaths and lanes towards St Agnes to join Water Lane and follows this along the stream to the Peterville Arms and through the woods to the bottom of Stippy Stappy. The return route is via Coronation Walk along the edge of Trevaunance Coombe, with views over St Agnes.
The route follows the coast path from Crackington Haven to Pencannow Point with nice views over the beach. The path zig-zags behind Great and Little Barton Strand to Castle Point and then passes the remnants of an Iron Age fort. The route then cuts through a wooded valley, which was once the route of smugglers, to St Genny's House and on to St Genny's Church. The return route follows the stream down through the woods back to Crackington Haven.
The walk starts at the cliff-top car park in Port Isaac and descends to Port Gaverne, then follows the valley behind Port Gaverne and climbs through farmland to the top of the hill where there are excellent views over the valley and Port Gaverne. The route then descends into the neighbouring valley and crosses Roscarrock Hill, following the coast path around Lobber Point to Port Isaac, with magnificient views of the harbour. The walk returns through Port Isaac harbour and village then via the cliffs above Port Isaac.
The walk follows Padstow harbour to the North Quay and then the Coast Path to the war memorial. The route follows back lanes to Prideaux Place and then re-enters the town through the churchyard and another back lane. The walks cuts down a "drang" from the harbour to join the Saint's Way and follows this to the obelisk on Dennis Hill where there are exceptional views. The return to Padstow is along the Camel Trail past the National Lobster Hatchery.
The walk descends from Jeffrey's Pit and cross the Trebarwith Nature Reserve to Treknow followed by a footpath that leads to Trebarwith Strand. From Trebarwith Strand there is one fairly steep (but reasonably short) ascent on the coast path to the cliffs and then it's fairly flat all the way. The path across the cliffs has magnificent views of Dennis Point, Trebarwith Strand, the coastal slate quarries (now colonised by birds and flowers) and Penhallic point. The walk back is through some pleasant fields and lanes.
The walk starts near the coast at the Lead Mines National Trust car park and heads out onto the coast path. The route follows the coast onto Com Head, where there a stunning view of Port Issac Bay. The coast path continues to Rumps Point, where you can walk through the fortifications and around the headland. The coast path continues to Pentire Point, where there are views across the Camel Estuary, and on to the beach at Pentireglaze. The route finally heads inland at New Polzeath along lanes towards Pentire Farm to complete the circular walk.
From St Endellion church, the walk follows tracks and lanes through Trelights and across fields to Roscarrock Hill. The route then drops into the valley at Pine Haven and follows the stream down the valley to the coast. It follows the coast path around Lobber Point to Port Isaac, with magnificient views of the harbour. The return route is that taken by generations of Port Isaac villagers, each Sunday, on their way to the parish church.
The route begins at the Trenwith car park in St Ives and climbs through the Steeple Woods nature reserve to "The Steeple" and descends through Trelyon Downs before following the Carbis Valley to the beach. The walk then follows the coast path from Carbis Bay to Porthminster Beach and onwards to St Ives, returning via the harbour and church.
The walk starts on the coast path at Crackington Haven and follows it to the headland at Cambeak, passing Bray's Point and Tremoutha Haven. From Cambeak, it continues past Little Strand and The Strangles to High Cliff and Voter Run where it climbs over the hill and drops down into a wooded valley. The route follows the river along the floor of the valley through East Wood, back to Crackington Haven.
The route descends from the car park along Park Terrace with views over the rooftops of St Ives before reaching the sea beside the St Ives Art Club. The walk then circles the harbour to Smeaton's Pier and passes the St Ives Museum to reach Porth Gwidden. The route crosses the Island, via the chapel, to Porth Meor where it passes the Tate and joins the coast path. After following the coast past Carrack Du, the return route to St Ives is via farm tracks and the Church of St John.
Starting at Sandymouth, the route follows the coastpath to Duckpool then heads inland via the quaint hamlet of Coombe to the wooded Coombe Valley, before returning via historic Stowe Barton and then following bridleways back to Sandymouth.
The walk runs down the valley and climbs onto the headland above Barrett's Zawn. There is a tunnel to the beach through which slate used to be hauled - it's still just possible to crawl through to the beach though not recommended. The walk continues along the coast to the ravine at Dannonchapel, heading inland past a ruined manor along footpaths and lanes to the start of the walk.
The walk starts at Porthtowan and follows the coast path to the remains of the engine house at Wheal Charlotte. From here the route crosses the copper lode and descends to Chapel Porth and follows the Chapel Coombe valley, passing the engine house of Charlotte United Mine. The route then follows a footpath to the ridge at Towan Cross and descends again to Banns Vale where it follows the river to the remains of the Tywarnhayle mine. The final leg follows the valley back to the sea, passing Wheal Ellen and other mining relics.
The route follows St Michael's Way from Lelant past St Uny's church to the dunes. At low tide it's possible to walk across Porth Kidney Sands (or the dunes at high tide) to reach Carrack Gladden. The route continues along St Michael's Way to Carbis Bay. Here the route crosses the railway and then follows footpaths parallel to the railway back to the West Cornwall Golf Course. Footpaths and small lanes complete the circular route.
The route follows the high cliffs from Hell's Mouth to Navax Head, passing some north-facing coves with very steep paths. The route crosses the heathland reserve of The Knavocks before reaching Mutton Cove where there is a large grey seal colony. The path continues around Godrevy Head with excellent views of the lighthouse. The path passes some small coves before turning inland up the Red River Valley, following a pilgrim's route to the Gwealavellan cross and returns to Hell's Mouth via the wooded valley below Carlean.
The walk starts on the North Cliffs at Deadman's Cove and follows the coast path to a second cove of the same name and passes the site of the 2011 cliff fall that went viral on YouTube before reaching Hell's Mouth. The route turns inland through a river valley and along a farm lane to the Gwealavellan cross. The walk then descends into the Red River valley at Menadarva and follows the bridleway through the nature reserve to Coombe, completing the circular route via a footpath.
From Padstow, the route climbs Denis Hill to the monument where there are panoramic views of the area. It then follows the Saint's Way up Little Petherick Creek through meadows and woodland to reach Little Petherick's gothic church. From there the path follows the other side of the creek to reach Sea Mills where the remains of the tidal mill enclosures can still be seen. The return route is through fields and down a small track then along the Camel Trail over the old railway bridge spanning Little Petherick Creek.
The route follows the coast path around Droskyn Point to Cligga Head where there are remains of Nobel's explosives works. From here the path crosses the mineral lodes where the rocks resemble the orange landscape of Mars. The route passes the sheer cliffs of Hanover Cove before circling the old spitfire base and descending into the valley of Perran Coombe via Trevellas. The return is via small lanes along the bottom of the valley.
Starting with a bus journey to Boscastle, this walk follows the coast path from Boscastle Harbour over Forrabury Common, past the coastal slate quarries to Trevalga. The route continues past a number of offshore islets around Firebeacon Hill, and then descends into Rocky Valley. From here, it passes Benoath Cove and Bossiney Haven, and climbs the headland of Willapark, before rounding Barras Nose to reach Tintagel Castle.
The walk joins the Coast Path at Chapel Porth and passes the engine house at Wheal Coates before reaching St Agnes Head. The route follows the coast path around the headland into the bay and down to St Agnes where there is a pub and a coffee shop as well as a sandy beach. The return route passes alongside a number of old mine workings, now overgrown with wildflowers, and along lanes and footpaths to the upper part of Wheal Coates before descending to Chapel Porth.
The walk starts with a climb from Boscastle Harbour onto Forrabury Common and joins the coast path, passing the mediaeval field system of "stitches" and the coastguard lookout. The route follows the coast path past a unique archway called "The Lady's Window" near Trevalga, before descending into Rocky Valley. The walk then follows the river to the top of Rocky Valley and then climbs up to Trethevy, where there is a mediaeval chapel and holy well. The route from here heads across farmland to Trevalga, passing the church and ancient wayside cross, before reaching Forrabury and finally descending back into Boscastle.
Starting from the car park outside Bude Tourist Information centre, the route passes Bude Castle and crosses the river over Nanny Moore's Bridge, past Summerlease beach to reach the coast above Bude Sea Pool. From here the walk follows the Coast Path to the beaches of Maer, Northcott Mouth and finally Sandymouth. At Sandymouth, the route turns inland and follows bridleways back to Bude, returning alongside the River Neet.
After a bus journey from Padstow to Harlyn, the route follows the coast path along the sandy beaches of Harlyn and Trevone. It then follows the rugged coastline - consisting of arches, stacks, collapsed caves and blowholes - to Stepper Point where a huge stone tower stands as a daymark. From here, the route passes the Doom Bar on the way up the estuary to Padstow, via the expansive sandy beaches of Hawker's, Harbour and St George's coves.
The walk starts from Holywell Bay where the Holy Well can be seen at low tide. The route follows the rugged coast around Penhale Head and Hobyln Cove to reach Ligger Point where there are panoramic views over Perran Beach and the St Agnes coastline. The walk follows the beach then climbs the dunes to St Piran's Oratory, church and cross which date back to the Dark Ages. The return route is across Penhale Sands which is nationally important for wildflowers and butterflies.
From Trevone beach, the route follows the rugged Atlantic coast to the daymark at Stepper Point, before turning up the Camel Estuary and passing the infamous Doom Bar, the sweeping expanse of sand at St George's and Harbour Coves, and finally reaching safe harbour in Padstow. The return route goes through Padstow, past the church and manor house at Prideaux Place along lanes and tracks back to Trevone.
The walk begins at Morwenstow church, passes the old rectory into woods, then crosses fields to Henna Cliff. The route then follows the coast path to Vicarage Cliff and passes Hawker's Hut before descending into the Tidna Valley. An optional diversion can be made from here to Sharpnose Point where there are spectacular panoramic views of the coastline. The walk continues up the valley through woodland and alongside a stream before climbing back up to Crosstown and crossing the gardens of the Bush Inn before finally following a lane back to the Rectory Farm Tea Rooms to complete the walk.
The walk starts beside the churchyard and follows Rev Hawker's route to Vicarage Cliff. Here it joins the coast path and passes above St Morwenna's Holy well then up and down a series of hanging valleys to reach Marsland Mouth on the Devon border. Staying on Cornish soil, the route turns inland along a path through the woods and then follows a series of tracks and footpaths back across the fields to Morwenstow Rectory, church and ending at the Rectory Tea Rooms - the last stand of the Cornish cream tea before the Devon border.
The walk starts at Millook Haven and heads up the valley through the woods. The route climbs out of the valley and heads out to the coast at Dizzard Point. The path skirts across the top of the ancient coastal woodland at Dizzard, passing Cancleave Strand and crossing Millook Common, before descending to Millook Haven.
The walk follows the coast path from the pretty fishing village of Port Quin to Kellan Head, with spectacular views over the natural harbour. The route follows the rugged coast to Varley Head, past the rocky cove at Pine Haven, and on to Lobber Point where there are fantastic views of Port Isaac, before descending alongside Port Isaac harbour. The return route is an easy walk, through pretty woodland and fields, back to Port Quin.
The walk starts by heading out onto the coast path at The Strangles. The route follows the coast path behind the bizarre folded rock formations of Voter Run to the top of High Cliff, then along the fossiliferous Rusey Cliff to the Buckator seal colony. The return route is relatively quick, along small lanes and a track.
The walk follows a byway to the coast at Basset's Cove and follows the coast path along the rugged coastline to Portreath, passing the endearingly named cove of Ralph's Cupboard. The route follows the cliffs behind the beach at Portreath then follows small lanes to Illogan Woods. The route climbs through the wooded valley and emerges near the remains of an old mine. Mining trails then form the route to Tehidy Country Park where the route follows Pine Walk and the Rose Garden to reach the bluebell woods of the North Cliffs plantation.
The walk climbs up Penhally hill from the harbour in Boscastle, with spectacular views. The route then follows the coast to Pentargon where a waterfall plummets from the cliff. The path then continues along Beeny Cliff passing Fire Beacon Point and the Beeny Sisters, to the seal colony at Buckator. The return to Boscastle is along small lanes and through Peter's Wood along the valley of the River Valency.
The walk descends from Jeffrey's Pit and climbs the side of the valley (with excellent views). From here, there is a long gentle descent through fields and farms to Tregardock Beach. From Tregardock, the route joins the coast path over "The Mountain" before a steep descent to Backways Cove. From Backways Cove, there is a gentle ascent of the valley followed by gentle descent into Trebarwith Valley, to return to Jeffrey's Pit.
After a bus from Boscastle to Crackington Haven, the walk follows the Coast Path along the Shipwreck coast, around Cambeak and along The Strangles Beach to reach Cornwall's highest cliff. The route then passes the largest sea colony of North Cornwall and enters Thomas Hardy country, passing the waterfall at Pentargon before descending with spectacular views over Boscastle harbour.
The route follows the Coast Path (also known as the rollercoaster) from Port Isaac to the sheltered inlet of Port Quin. From here the route passes the folly and the mines on Doyden Point before reaching the sandy beaches of Epphaven Cove and Lundy Bay. The walk continues along the rugged coast around the headlands of The Rumps and Pentire Point before entering the Camel Estuary and passing the sandy beaches of Pentireglaze before reaching Polzeath.
The walk climbs from the valley to the tiny Trebarwith village, then descends through fields to coastal heath alongside the stream to reach Backways Cove. In a big winter storm, sea foam collects in the cove and is whipped into foam tornados by the wind. The route then follows the coast path over Dennis Point, where there are spectacular views over Trebarwith Strand and Port Isaac Bay, to reach the Port William inn.
The walk starts at Poundstock, where there are some impressive ancient buildings, and climbs out of the Wanson valley past Trevisick, into Millook valley which it follows down to Millook Haven. The route follows the coast path from Millook Haven, along Penhalt Cliff towards Widemouth Bay, then returns via the Wanson valley to Poundstock.
The walk begins by decending the valley from Tregardock towards Tregardock Beach to reach the Coast Path. The route then follows the coastal path behind Trerubies Cove to the steep gorge at Dannonchapel. After climbing out of the valley to reach Crookmoyle Rock, the route turns inland to the abandoned hamlet of Dannonchapel now owned by the National Trust. The return to Tregardock is over the fields of the West Downs.
The route starts from Jeffrey's Pit and climbs up the side of the valley (with excellent views) until it reaches Trebarwith Village. From here, there is a gentle descent through the fields to Backways Cove. From Backways, there is a steep ascent of Dennis Point, followed by an even steeper descent to Trebarwith Strand. From Trebarwith Strand, the route climbs back up Trebarwith Valley to Treknow and Trewarmett.
The walk starts from Port Isaac car park and goes down the hill to Port Gaverne, then around the headland where fulmars nest on the rock ledges, to where the cliff edge meets the lane at Cartway Cove. The walk follows the coast along Bounds Cliff to the deep ravine at Ranie Point and on to Barretts Zawn where slate was hauled up the beach by donkey through a tunnel in the cliff. The route follows the valley inland to the farm at Hendra and returns to Port Gaverne along the lane.
The route follows the coast path from Portreath towards Porthtowan passing the small coves and remnants of the clifftop mines. The route turns inland at Tobban Horse and follows small lanes across Nancekuke Common. The route then joins the Mining Trail back to Portreath which was once a tramway along which goods were shipped to and from the port. The last leg is past the harbour and lighthouse.
After a bus journey from Tintagel to Port Isaac, the walk follows the Cornish Coast Path along the rugged coastline from Port Isaac to Tintagel. The route passes the ancient settlement of Port Gaverne and follows the cliffs to Barretts Zawn where slate was carried by donkey through a tunnel from the clifftop. The walk continues past the abandoned hamlet of Dannonchapel to the large sandy beaches of Tregardock and Trebarwith Strand. From here the route passes Tintagel's ancient church and the castle before ending in Tintagel.