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A Cornish coastal walk

A moderate walk (coast) starting and finishing in Cornwall, England, about 15.64km (9.72 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 235m (770ft)
Loss 202m (662ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Elevation (total) 437m (1432ft)
Start
Perranporth
End
Portreath, Redruth, Cornwall, England
Distance 15.64km
(9.72mi)
Duration ~5:15
Difficulty  
Moderate
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 15 Jan 2012
Stick a pin in a map of Cornwall and you will find a good walk. Glorious coastline on either side of the peninsula provides endless opportunities for linear walks by the sea. This one ticks all the boxes - heathery cliffs, sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages and fresh sea breezes. There are regular buses between the start and finish, so it makes for a perfect linear coastal walk.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SW756541
Start at Perranporth. Head to the beach and pick up the South West Coast Path and head south.
Cligga Head About 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
OS Grid SW738536
Navigation is easy, as the footpath runs along the coast. Head past Cligga Head and the airfield inland.
St Agnes About 2.77 km (~1.72 miles) from
OS Grid SW721514
The path heads to the town of St Agnes. Pop down to the beach at Trevaunance Cove for a breather.
St Agnes Head About 2.14 km (~1.33 miles) from
OS Grid SW699514
Seabirds flock to the cliffs at St Agnes Head - razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes all nest here. You can also spot seals offshore at nearby Newdowns Head.
St Agnes Beacon About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from
OS Grid SW710502
Many will choose to stick to the coastal path, but it's good to head inland slightly and climb St Agnes Beacon, for views across the town and along the length of the coast.
Chapel Porth About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SW698496
Head back down to the beach at Chapel Porth.
Porthtowan About 1.78 km (~1.11 miles) from
OS Grid SW691480
Next stop is the village of Porthtowan. Nearby are the remains of Wheal Towan, an 18th century copper mine.
Gullyn Rock About 2.08 km (~1.29 miles) from
OS Grid SW674467
Continue south towards Portreath, along the clifftops.
Portreath About 2.20 km (~1.37 miles) from
OS Grid SW656455
The walk ends at Portreath, a village with a great beach. A good place to stay, or you can head inland to Illogan (many villages are full in terms of hotel beds in summer).

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