Cornish Coastal Walks
Explore the beautiful north Cornish Coast
Cornwall’s north coast is truly stunning. Miles of south west coast path walks lead you through ancient historic sites, the remnants of tin mines, coastal landmarks and beautiful beaches. Along the route you’ll also encounter plenty of stop offs for food and drink – always a must in Cornwall!
With Watergate Bay as a starting point, you can head north towards the pretty harbour town and foodie capital of Padstow, roughly 12 miles away. The route encompasses a number of bays and beaches including the magnificent rock stacks at Bedruthen Steps. It’s worth stopping at The National Trust Café before descending the steep steps to the beach! If the steps are closed, mainly in winter, the level walk across to cliff top offers dramatic views and continues on towards Constantine Bay and Trevose Lighthouse.
Heading south from Watergate Bay brings the famous resort of Newquay and its surf beaches. The coastline passes an island connected by a footbridge known as Trevelgue Head before heading past the town.
Further along the coastline crosses over the River Gannel either by ferry in season, from the Fern Pit Café to Crantock Beach, or out of season you have to wait for low tide. The cliff path then leads through National Trust land to the unspoilt cove at Porth Joke.
An iron age hill fort stands to the south of here and the path meanders to Holywell Bay, which literally means Holy well and where it was believed there were medicinal properties.
From Holywell Bay and on to Perranporth, the coastline is reputedly where St Pirran, the patron saint of Cornwall, lived in retreat. From here the heritage coastline of St Agnes unveils Cornwall’s mining past with the iconic Wheal Coates engine house perched precariously on the cliff edge.