Mawgan Porth to Constantine Bay
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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
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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..
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Exploring the Bedruthan Steps
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�'t get trapped by the incoming tide.
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
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
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
trail Map Here
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 multi-use trail guide and map
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)
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.