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Porthcothan to Newquay

A moderate walk (coast) starting and finishing in Cornwall, England, about 12.30km (7.64 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 74m (242ft)
Descent 63m (206ft)
Max. Elevation 100m (328ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 137m (448ft)
Newquay, Cornwall, England
Distance 12.30km
Duration ~3:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 06 Jan 2012
Cornwall's coast. Two words to fill the heart of any walking Englishperson with joy. It's wild/windswept/rugged/winding and many more things besides. While Cornwall attracts most of its visitors in summer, the coast is particularly magnificent in winter, and the towns are quieter too. The coastal bus service connects Newquay with Porthcothan. This walk is adapted from one provided by Cornwall Tourism Magazine www.cornwalltourismmagazine.com.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SW858719
Start the walk at Porthcothan. Regular buses from Newquay.
OS Grid SW847714
Follow signs in the village for the coastal path and head south (i.e. sea on your right as you walk).
About 1.12 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SW844708
This walk follows some of the finest coastline in England, following the weaving bays and coves of Cornwall.
About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SW849693
This is a popular beauty spot, owned by the National Trust. Pillars of rock rise from the beach, and legend says that the giant Bedruthan used them as stepping stones to cross the bay. It's more likely to have been a process of coastal erosion in my opinion, but then I'm no expert (on giants at least). A cargo ship crashed on one of the stacks in 1846, providing the locals with free silk and food. If you descend to the beach, take care as the tide cuts off parts of the beach and the only way back is the cliff steps.
About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
OS Grid SW848677
Pass through the village of Trenance; you can just stick to the coastal path.
About 1.59 km (~0.99 miles) from
OS Grid SW848671
Just outside Trenance is Mawgan Porth, which is a better option for a lunch stop than the village. Either picnic on the beach or head to the Merrymoor Inn: www.merrymoorinn.com Just opposite the pub is a 13th century church, which has an old wrecked ship in the grounds and many interesting features inside.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
OS Grid SW843660
One of the longest beaches on this section of coastline is Watergate Bay. It's popular with surfers as well as families relaxing on its golden sands.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SW826630
By the time you have reached the southern end of Watergate Bay you are nearly at Newquay. But before entering the town, visit the old fort at Trevelgue Head: bit.ly/ztlqwy
About 3.51 km (~2.18 miles) from
OS Grid SW815618
Finish in Newquay. The coastal footpath goes by the station, should you wish to head somewhere a little quieter for the evening (Newquay gets very busy in summer).
About 1.60 km (~0.99 miles) from

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