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Hendra’s top Coast Paths

Enjoy one of Cornwall’s beautiful coast paths. You can choose to keep it local to Hendra by walking one of our favourite Newquay coast paths, or by going a little further to St Agnes or Godrevy. Whatever you choose, get ready for some amazing views!

 

Keeping it local

Porth to Watergate, 3.4 miles

This is a great walk for couples, older families, dog walkers, surfers and friends! It takes you from Porth to the expansive Watergate. You can park on Porth Beach, or park at Watergate and walk the other way.

Porth beach is a popular beach with families, with the nearby Porth Island having fantastic views across to Newquay and a variety of wildlife, including ravens, and dolphins have been spotted off here too.

Watergate coastal path, NewquayWalking on the coast path towards Watergate you will firstly see Whipsiderry, which is backed by high cliffs, and is Newquay’s quietest beach.

Further along the coast path you will come in to contact with hedge rows and wildlife all amongst the backdrop of jaw-dropping views across the Atlantic Coast.

Reaching Watergate, you will be treated to the most brilliant view across this large beach popular with surfers, dog-walkers (dogs are welcome all year round on Watergate), and families on couples. There are toilets here too. If any older children or reluctant walkers need persuading, Wax Watergate is doing takeaway from the 12th of April so you can refuel for the walk back, or if you are starting at Watergate reward yourself at the end.

Fistral through to Towan, 1.8 miles

This stunning and vibrant coast path includes Newquay’s expansive views. Start off at the famous Fistral Fistral beach is home to Boardmastersbeach, where you can park at Fistral or Towan Headland car park (Little Fistral). If you park at Fistral, walk around from Fistral following the coast path and see the old Coastguard’s hut at the tip of Towan Head. This white hut can be seen from many a place in Newquay and is a true Newquay landmark.

Walk around the coastline and see the War Memorial and further along the historic Huer’s hut, another Newquay landmark. It is very important in Newquay’s history, thought to possibly date back to the 14th century, this was used by the huer to spot pilchards and signal to the fisherman to fish, today you can take in the view just like the huer all those years ago.

Walk along further and you’ll reach Newquay’s pretty working harbour, with boats galore and theCoastguard's Hut at Towan Head, Newquay opportunity to spot seals. Newquay harbour has a series of street food vendors, so that you can get a foodie fix with pizzas, waffles, and tacos all available last time we visited. Walk into the town and browse the shops, ending up at Towan beach, the beach in the heart of Newquay.

Walk back via the coast path or up through the town back towards Fistral – maybe you will catch one of Newquay’s legendary sunsets too.

Further afield

Perranporth to St Agnes

Perranporth Beach

Photo by Matt Jessop – Provided by Visit Cornwall

A fairly flat walk, this is a simply beautiful stretch, where you can see Cornwall’s old mines along St Agnes head – a reminder of Cornwall’s boom time. Perranporth is a golden sand beach backed by sand dunes. Park at Perranporth and walk along the coast path, and head for Droskyn Point, looking down towards the rocks you will see an area which was popular with smugglers. Walk towards Cligga where you will see some upright, black mineral veins in the granite of Cligga Quarry.

Here you will go on to see an airfield that was used during the war, you can still see old aircraft shelters here today.

When you reach the top of the cliffs, the village of St Agnes with its many engine house chimneys can be seen. The Coast Path goes on to St Agnes Head. Poldark fans will recognize this view from Ross’ family home, Nampara.

Takeaway food and drink are available at the Breakers Beach Café, at Trevaunance Cove, here you can walk back to the bustling beach town of Perranporth along the same path, or wander up to the centre of St Agnes, a pretty Cornish town.

Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth, 4 miles

Godrevy looking over to the lighthouse

Photo credit – Matthew Jessop.

Offering a fantastic Cornish cocktail of dramatic scenery, wildlife, and a history of shipwrecks and pirates this walk really is a feast for your mind, body and soul!

You can see seals, dolphins and basking sharks as well as the wildflower heathland!

To start this breath-taking walk, park at Godrevy, and from the café and the wooden car park hut, make your way along the boardwalk through the Towans (Cornish for sand dunes). Bear right and follow the path along the grassy cliff-top and look across to St Ives’ Bay.

This path briefly joins the road so watch out for cars. Follow the coast path along the cliffs. Turn right by the path to the beach and head through the meadow field. Climb over the stone stile walk towards the headland. Keep following coast path, with the sea on your left and farmland on your right.

Go through the gate onto the Knavocks to track through the heathland. Along this path you will reach a wooden stile, closely followed by a stone stile. There can be cattle grazing in the field. Walk through the field, over the stone stile by the farm gate and on to the wide, stony track.

At the end turn left through the granite gateposts and follow the path reaching the cliff-top which steadily drops down towards Hell’s Mouth. This is a great place to watch seabirds flying around the cliffs. After taking in the view, it’s time to turn round and head back the way you came, this time keeping the sea on your right as you walk back up the slope.

Time to head back to Hendra…hendra holiday park

After enjoying your coastal walk you will be wanting to relax, so head back to Hendra and relax in your caravan holiday home, touring caravan or motorhome. Treat yourself to a takeaway at the Mario’s Pizzeria, the Fish and Chip Shop or the Terrace Bar and restaurant or eat outside at Mario’s or the Terrace.