The South West Coast Path
All Photo Credits: @maria.h44 who is on a mission to discover the whole route with her lovely family and camera.
We are a few minutes walk from the South West Coast Path, 630 miles of stunning vistas with access to little know coves, bays and beaches, only reachable by foot. If you’ve never ventured on the SWCP before, Mawgan Porth is the perfect place to start and if you are a seasoned walker, Mawgan Porth is the perfect place to pause.
Heading North, you can encounter breathtaking Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, with wild flowers and wild scenery. Stacks of eroded coastline form these unique coastal formations from which their name comes from.
A little further on, you will reach Park Head, again an amazing viewpoint of the phenomenal North Coast and Porthmear Cove. Porthmear is a Rock Poolers paradise, and due to it only being accessible on foot, more often than not you can have it all to yourself.
Porthcothan is the next beach along the path which is the first of the ‘Seven Bays’ also including Treyarnon, Mother Iveys, Constantine, Boobys, Harlyn and Trevone. Don’t miss Trevose Head along the way, which is simply astounding. This route to Padstow has the convenient advantage of also being on the bus route back to Mawgan Porth.
Heading South, the path takes you to the secluded Beacon Cove and Griffins Point Fort, then continues along to the vast expanse of sand at Watergate Bay, if it’s offshore you’ll see plenty of Kitesurfing!
Next along you’ll find Wipsiderry Beach, which is pretty much an unknown gem. Dramatic Trevegue head and Porth Island greet you on the approach to Porth Beach. A little known fact about Porth beach is that piano concerts used to be held in the Cathedral Cave which was part of the headland. It since had to be blown up due to instability, but what an evening that must have been!
Lusty Glaze beach is around the next headland, followed by the main Newquay Bay beaches of Tolcarne, Great Western (there used to be a lift which went up through the cliff to the Hotel Victoria there), Towan, the charming harbour and then a gorgeous stroll around the headland to Fistral (don’t miss Little Fistral!).
Fancy exploring for yourself? Where will you discover, we love to hear your adventures!