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Mawgan Porth to Constantine Bay

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8 miles
This takes you down the coastal footpath past some of the most beautiful scenery that Cornwall has to offer including Trethias Island which is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel. In this section you may even see seals hunting for fish and coves cut in to the cliff face created by years of the sea pounding our coast line.

Sunhaven to Watergate Bay and back via the Coastal Path - Download Pdf Version here


Walk 1: From Sunhaven cross country via the ford to Watergate Bay and back via the Coastal Path and Mawgan Porth
4 miles Walk - Duration 2 hours.

This route takes you across farmland to Watergate bay & back along the coastal path. You can take out either half of this walk by use of the 556 bus which passes our gates (going inland) and will drop you at Watergate bay for the coastal walk back.

As you would expect, most walks in this area are quite hilly but an easy pace and plenty of breathers to enjoy the spectacular views will make it fun for everyone. Leave Sunhaven under the main arch and turn right. Walk along the road for 200 metres and turn left down the track just past the Barn at Gluvian Farm. Following the sign to the ford at the bottom of the track..

path down to the fordOnce over the bridge continue along the track (uphill and getting steeper by the pace) and bear right to go around the house "Tolcarn Merock" -. Carry on until you reach the road junction at the top of the hill, catch your breath and cross the road to the footpath and over the two fields - or walk around the edge if there are crops growing. You will be walking alongside the "Cornish Hedges" (dry stone walling with turf on top) and should just be able to see the sea to the right.

In the corner of the second field, join the road and turn right towards Tregurrian. On the sharp left bend, you can walk down the rather busy main road into Watergate Bay or can take the road to the right which is a quieter route through Watergate Touring Park. Taking the quiet road, follow it right through to the T junction just short of the clifftop fields, where you will join the coast road, turn left down into Watergate Bay. In high season there is a procession of traffic on this short stretch.

Path Down to the Ford

(As you drop to Watergate Bay keep an eye open on the opposite side of the road for the 'finger sign' pointing towards the Coastal path.)

If you drop right down into Watergate Bay, turn left where you can catch a 556 bus back up the hill towards Sunhaven via St Mawgan - or stop at the Phoenix for a drink after the first hours walking. In good weather there is a "Beach Bar" ( that isn't nearly as bad as it sounds ! ) with ringside seats to watch the kite-surfers OR for those with large wallets, breakfast ( until 9.45am ) or lunch at the Jamie Oliver sponsored "Fifteen" restaurant - & if that's not enough choice you can always try the terrace overlooking the beach in the Watergate Bay Hotel for a coffee.

watergateThe return part of the walk from Watergate Bay back to Mawgan Porth follows the South West Coastal path and if you have young children with you keep them close, as the path winds very near to the cliff edge in places - but it does give some dramatic views.

Leave Watergate bay on the coast road going North, which is up the hill alongside the main hotel. On the left you will see a small 'finger sign' directing you to the Coastal path which is accessed by a steep path at the back of the the buildings -.

You will walk up and around Strasse cliff and Stem Point above Stem Cove, & rounding the Point look back to the wide expanse of sand that is Watergate Bay. You'll see surfers far below. When you get to Griffens Point look out for the Iron Age fort and its ramparts and ditches. Once around Griffens Point, descend the steps to a footbridge crossing a small stream before climbing up again towards Beacon Cove.

Continuing your walk take care around the horseshoe shaped Beacon Cove, remaining at high level ( and work out how anyone gets down to the beach there ) where the path runs quite near the cliff edge.

griffin pointFinally you'll see Mawgan Porth below you as you round Beryll's Point. There you can seek refreshment at the Merrymoor before walking to Sunhaven on the footpath back up the valley as an alternative to the road. Go up Chapel Lane past the pitch and putt, and before the sharp bend, turn left into the entrance of "Mawgan Porth Holiday Park" & immediately right, alongside the chalet bungalows into the woodland valley path which meanders towards Sunhaven until you turn right over a small bridge and over the trout stream arriving at the East entrance of Sunhaven camp site.

Sunhaven Valley to St Mawgan (a circular route)

3 miles
This is an easy short circular walk to the picturesque village of St Mawgan, taking about 1.5 hours, so not too exhausting for a sunny afternoon. This leads you through the Vale of Lanherne and at the right time of year there is a diverse selection of wild flowers and birds including a stream where you can spot trout feeding.

Sun Haven Valley to St Columb Minor

5 miles
As you make your way to St Columb Minor you will pass through the wooded Lanherne Valley where there is an abundance of wildlife including badger setts and fox holes.  children walking There are many old cottages one of them being the Falcon Inn and another the traditional Post Office and Village Stores.  After walking though the Carloggan woodland and some stretches of road walking you will reach the pretty Cornish village of St Columb Minor.

Trevose Head (circular)

5 miles
You can ether drive or catch a bus which stops outside Sun Haven Valley and go to Constantine Bay where there is Parking and a bus stop. The first leg of the journey takes you over the golden sands of Constantine Bay and once you have climbed the steps at the end you will be on the cliff top where you will be able to see for miles. sun set at Constantine bay Trevose Head is a feast of natural beauty and a real insight to what north Cornwall has to offer. Once you reach Harlyn you are able to follow the road back to Constantine Bay

Circular from Constantine Bay

5 miles
Starting at Constantine Bay the trail leads you over the wind swept dunes before heading inland through lush rolling hills of farmland where there are stiles to cross.constantine bay beach  Then return to the coast at Treyarnon and visit the popular cove there, finally heading back down the coast to Constantine Bay.

Sun Haven Valley, Mawgan Porth to Bedruthan

1 mile
This isolated area of the coast land is unpopulated at many times of the year. There is much to see including Trerathick Cove, the disused shaft at High Cove, Trenance Point and Trenance Rock. 

bedruthan steps beach veiw

Exploring the Bedruthan Steps

5 miles
The green fields that give way to 300ft cliffs make this area a stupendous for walks, but be careful of the unguarded cliff edge. At Bedruthan Steps there are massive rock stacks that are exposed at low tide  but surrounded by crashing waves at high tide. This is an easy walk with fairly uncomplicated terrain to tackle but make sure you don´┐Ż't get trapped by the incoming tide.

wall at the moor

Further afield

Camel Trail

The camel trail has 18 miles of multi-use routes available and is open not only to walkers but cyclists and horse riders.  It is flat and mostly accessible for disabled access with much of the trail being tarmac. The Camel Trail is nearly all traffic free and is based on an historical railway track which runs adjacent to the Camel Estuary, starting at Padstow, and going through Wadebridge and ending at Bodmin.

The South West Coastal Path

bed stepsWhilst you quite probably will not walk the full 630 miles of Britains longest National Trail whilst you are here you can certainly sample the cliff top scenery. The bus that stops at Sun Haven Valley's gate will take you North towards Padstow and has several "beachside" stopping points that will give you varying lengths of walk along the coastal path to return to Sun Haven - Carnewas /. Bedruthan Steps is about 2.5 miles from home, Porthcothan 4.5 miles. Constantine Bay 8.0 miles and finally Padstow is 16miles. You can off course break this up into smaller lengths catching the bus back. - not all buses go to all destinations so please check the timetable at reception before hopping onboard.

Going South the bus will take you to Newquay and after a bus change down to Perranporth which give further 5 mile and 8 miles stretches to try out


Cardinham Woods Trail


Download trail Map Here

forest scape in cardinham woods
There are 650 acres of lavish woodland for you to explore, with four way-marked trails and miles of other tracks.   This really will be an adventure for everyone! The woods are a home to many different animals including kingfishers catching their dinner by the river, birds of prey like the buzzard flying over- head and if you're very quiet, you may even see a deer.  You are not restricted to the woodland trails we have made, feel free to strike out and make your own!

Goss Moor

goss moor


pdf Goss Moor multi-use trail guide and map
pdf Goss Moor Multi-use Trail information leaflet

The largest surviving remnants of the Mid-Cornwall moors. With 480 hectares of this unique and wild national nature reserve to explore you can make your way through the wetland, heathland or scrubland to find a real place of beauty. The 7-mile circular trail is off-road and relatively easy to walk, allowing novice walkers easy and safe use of the moor land.

(photo by Jim Champion)



Bodmin Moor

The moor has many hundreds of miles of trails which are available to the public. There is a great amount of heritage that Bodmin moor holds dear. This landscape has been home to humans all the way back to the dawn of time. More recently, the tin mines have left long scars and cuts on the land where they have dug down and along the surface of tin deposits. The Siblyback Lake has a 3.5 mile "Round the lake" walk and not far away there is a fine walk through woodland to Golitha Falls.


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