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Newquay to Perranporth

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m 100 50 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km The Fish House - Fistral Penhale Camp Pentire Crantock Holywell
Cross the River Gannel and continue on for a good stretch of cliff-top walking, with some steep ascents and descents, past secluded beaches and scenic headland. 
moderate
Distance 18.2 km
5:30 h
132 m
194 m
70 m
2 m
Leaving the busy town of Newquay behind you immediately find yourself on the famous surfing beach of Fistral. Then lookout for the prolific wildflowers on West Pentire Headland and the colonies of kittiwakes and waders.
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Macs Adventure
Update: November 30, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
70 m
Lowest point
2 m

Rest Stop

Pentire
Crantock
Holywell
The Fish House - Fistral

Safety information

Please take care while walking along the coastal path as some sections can be narrow and may have exposed cliff-edge walking. If any erosion has taken place a diversion will have been put in place so please follow these diversion details and signs where necessary. 

Gannel River crossing - multiple options to choose depending on tide times, please check the Crantock tide times: https://www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/

Guidebook/ Map

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, you can print off the daily maps directly from our app. However, if you wish to look at a map, we would recommend purchasing the guidebook Trailblazer's Cornwall Coast Path: SW Coast Path Part 2 - Bude to Plymouth by Henry Stedman & Joel Newton - this has daily maps with added information and guidance on the trial and the surrounding area. 

Macs Adventure Blogs

Using our decades of experience we have written several blogs containing helpful tips, FAQ,s and more on all of our trips. Please follow the link below to access our blogs, where you can search for the south west coast path: 

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/

 

Tips and hints

Food and Drink 

Please check ahead/ online for opening times and availability, there are options at:

Pentire

Penpol

Holywell

Points of Interest 

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information.

 

Start

Newquay (30 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SW 81548 61786
DD
50.415230, -5.076249
DMS
50°24'54.8"N 5°04'34.5"W
UTM
30U 352492 5586859
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Destination

Perranporth

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided these route notes to help you. The South West Coast Path is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

The first part of today’s walk does vary depending on the tide times at the Gannel River and which option you choose to cross.

The official crossing is via the Fern Pit Ferry which operates from late May to mid-September (for more information - https://fernpit.co.uk/). The second option is to cross the Penpol Footbridge. This footbridge is tidal but you should be able to cross two to four hours either side of low tide. If you are in doubt, it is very easy to continue walking from here to the next bridge further up the Gannel. The third option is the Laurie Bridge which is also a bridleway. The only time it is not possible to cross this bridge is one hour on either side of a high spring tide. The final option is to follow the main road right around the Gannel. However, this is a long and boring walk.

Once crossing the river, the last 8-miles of today’s walk provides classic cliff-top walking with some sharp ups and downs soon after leaving Crantook including a descent to the secluded beach at Porth Joke, accessed only by foot.

Kelsey Head with its huge expanse of grass is a place to linger and savor so don’t charge ahead. Next comes Hollywell with two pubs and a large holiday park after which the coast path skirts by Penhale Camp (MoD property that is heavily fenced off).

Once behind this, a narrow, heart-stopping path brings you to the start of Perran Beach, a two-mile-long stretch of golden sand bordered by dunes, the walk along the tide making a welcome change.

The approach to Perranporth is exciting, the town coming into sight only as you round the rocky outcrop of Cotty’s Point. At high tide, it is necessary to leave the beach at the lifeguard station and continue the last leg to Perranporth through the dunes.

 

*** This is the end of our Newquay to Perranporth route. Please use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation. For those doing one of our shorter/longer walking itineraries you may be walking onward to overnight in Portreath - Please move onto the next route in the Macs App which is Perranporth to Portreath ***

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OS Grid
SW 81548 61786
DD
50.415230, -5.076249
DMS
50°24'54.8"N 5°04'34.5"W
UTM
30U 352492 5586859
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing items, and a waterproof/wind-break layer may all be required. The weather in the south is usually better than the rest of the UK and temperatures can sore, especially in the summer months. Make sure to check the weather before you go to see if you need suncream or a waterproof layer, as the weather can change quickly.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it could be beneficial to bring a power bank.

Take plenty of water for the day's walk - especially if a high temperature in the summer. 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.2 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
132 m
Descent
194 m
Highest point
70 m
Lowest point
2 m

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