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Walk Newquay Headlands - South West Coastal Path

Updated: May 8, 2021

Walking the two headlands in Newquay along the south west coastal path is the perfect way to see the stunning and dramatic coastline and beaches of Newquay with some lovely places to stop off on the way. It is a relatively easy walk of about 5 miles with some interesting historical points along the way too.

You can begin the walk from Newquay station or Town near to Great Western Beach. Head onto the main street and then turn right after Aldi onto the tram tracks which will take you into the town where you can walk down to Towan beach and the Newquay Aquarium. The tram tracks follow the lines of an old horse drawn tramway built in 1849 to transport ore, coal and other supplies from East Wheal Rose anto Newquay Harbour.

You can stop of for a look around Newquay harbour on your way. Depending on the tide, you may be able to head to the harbour and across the harbour beach or carry onto through town where you can go past the Red Lion pub to head towards the headland.

As you walk along the coastal path, you can't miss this funny little white building known as the Huers Hut. It is thought to date back to the 14th Century when it was used to look out for the pilchard shoals and direct the boats from the shore.

The path is well sign posted so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding your way. As you head along the cliff tops towards the headland, you will see the Headland hotel, with its historic neo-gothic building that featured in the 1990 film, The Witches (base don the book by Roald Dahl). This is also an excellent spot to stop for a bit of lunch or an afternoon tea.

From the Headland hotel, head towards Fistral beach, the iconic home of British surfing. The international surf centre at the North end has a number of shops and restaurants and the Fistral Beach Bar which is a great place to check out the surf action. From here you want walk straight across Fistral Beach (tide dependantt) or take the sandy path that runs behing the beach and across the top of the sand dunes. Depending on the state of the tide, the route across the beach may involve cimbing over the rocks at the south end and up a steep stairway so may not be suitable for all.

From the South end of Fistral beach you can head towards the Pentire Headland, either following the road and path along the cliffs or along Pentire Avenue, which is the next read up. On warmer days look out for the retro style Pink Flamingo icecream van which sells delicious local icecream.

You will arrive on a carpark on the Pentire Headland which will take you out to the end of the Headland from which will have an amazing view of Crantock beach and beyond. For refreshments, check out The Kraken pitch and putt kiosk which sells pasties and coffee or The Lewennick Lodge for food and drinks on a terrace with stunning views out to sea. You can head back the way that you came or along a more direct route to the town that goes along behind the golf course instead of along Fistral Beach.

If you would prefer to do the walk in reverse, you can pay and park at the carpark on the Pentire Headland or may be able to find on road parking. Parking times and restrictions will vary at different times of year so be sure to check the signs.

Map of the route

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