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Perranporth to Portreath

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  • Perranporth
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  • / St Agnes
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  • / Mine at St Agnes
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  • / Perranporth
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  • / Portreath
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m 100 50 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Wheal Coates & Towan Roath Chapel Porth St Agnes Porthtowan
Start this straightforward section of the walkthrough heathland, and, later, you'll pass the MoD land of Penhale Camp. 
moderate
Distance 18.4 km
6:00 h
441 m
483 m
97 m
9 m
A day of steep climbs and descents through an area of ancient mines, many of which are now home to bats. The area around St Agnes Head is a favorite for birders.
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Author
Macs Adventure
Update: November 30, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
97 m
Lowest point
9 m

Rest Stop

St Agnes
Chapel Porth
Porthtowan

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. 

Beware going around Penhale Camp, the MoD sight. 

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:

St Agnes

Chapel Porth

Porthtowan

Points of Interest 

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

 

Start

Perranporth (37 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SW 75210 54320
DD
50.345795, -5.160854
DMS
50°20'44.9"N 5°09'39.1"W
UTM
30U 346258 5579311
w3w 
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Destination

Portreath

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 8-mile stretch passes through terrain that is mostly heathland which at one time covered the whole of the west of Cornwall. The walking is relatively easy and you should be able to crack on and make light of the few ups and downs, the most severe of which is down to Chapel Porth.

The last 3-miles of today’s walk is alongside heavily fenced MoD land. The path keeps to the edge of the cliffs and on the seaside the views are spectacular but it is hard to ignore Penhale Camp and its concrete buildings. The path goes through the village of Portreath where you will find your overnight accommodation.

 

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

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OS Grid
SW 75210 54320
DD
50.345795, -5.160854
DMS
50°20'44.9"N 5°09'39.1"W
UTM
30U 346258 5579311
w3w 
///seasonal.organs.wasps
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
18.4 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
441 m
Descent
483 m
Highest point
97 m
Lowest point
9 m

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