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Discovering the Best Coastal Paths and Cycle Routes in Cornwall

10 Easy Coastal Walks & Paths

1: Park Head and Pentire Steps The walk descends to the coast at Porth Mear through a corridor of blackthorn bushes which are white with blossom in spring. The route then follows the Coast Path across Park Head to the cliffs overlooking Pentire Steps beach (where there is an optional diversion for views over Bedruthan steps) and returns across the fields. Read more >>

2: Trevose Head (short version)

The walk begins at the end of the headland near the lighthouse and follows the coastline towards Padstow to reach the Padstow lifeboat station and the sheltered beach of Mother Ivey's Bay. The walk then cuts across the headland to the western side, facing the Atlantic swells, to reach Booby's Bay and then follows the coast path past a collapsed cave before finishing at Dinas Head. Read More >>

3: Botallack Head

The route stretches between West Wheal Owles (filmed as Wheal Leisure and Wheal Grace in the BBC's Poldark), the engine houses on Botallack headland, and Levant mine where a beam engine has been restored to working condition. Read More >>

4: Hayle and The Towans

The walk follows the quays where Harvey's of Hayle once shipped beam engines around the world and enters the dune system of The Towans. The route follows the coast path across the cliffs with views over St Ives Bay to reach Mexico Towans. The route turns inland through the dunes to reach the mediaeval churchyard of Phillack and then descends to Copperhouse Pool which is walled using blocks of slag from the copper smelter. The final stretch of the route is through the King George V Memorial Gardens. Read More >>

5: Bude to Northcott Mouth

The walk passes Bude Castle and heads towards Summerleaze beach to reach the coast above Bude Sea Pool. From here the route follows the Coast Path to the beaches of Maer and Northcott Mouth. The return to Bude is fairly quick and easy, along bridleways and through the town and following the River Neet to complete the circular route. Read More >>

6: Par and Tywardreath

The walk starts by heading inland from Par Beach across land which was under the sea a century ago and along canals created by the Victorians to reclaim marshland. After reaching the railway line, the route winds through the park past the lakes and then follows a footpath past the marshes wetland reserve. The route then follows the Saint's Way through Tywardreath to return to Par Beach, crossing the beach at the end. Read More >>

7: Polzeath to St Enodoc Church

The walk starts at Polzeath beach and follows the coast path, known as "The Greenaway", around past a number of small beaches with purple-and-green pinstripe rocks and many rockpools to explore at low tide. The route continues past remains of shipwrecks on 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 Betjeman. The route then loops inland, across fields and golf courses, to reach Polzeath. Read More >>

8: Bude Canal and Coast

The route can alternatively be done as two separate shorter circular walks. The first loop is along the canal and returns along the cycle track across Bude Marshes. The second loop of the walk is along the coast past the Sea Pool to Crooklets, returning past the Bude Tunnel and through the town. Read More >>

9: Marazion to Penzance

The walk begins along Marazion beach and then turns inland at Long Rock to join St Michael's Way. From Gulval Church, footpaths and pavements lead into Penzance. The return route is along the South West Coast Path around Mount's Bay. Read More >>

10: Rock to St Minver

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 Betjeman - 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 and limited edition ales, as it descends from the fields of the St Minver Highlands to the St Minver Lowlands along the Camel Estuary. Read More >>

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