Walks in Cornwall

Cornwall has many miles of natural beauty to explore and Newquay is no exception. The town and the surrounding area has a stunning array of sights to be seen and what the best way to experience it is on foot. The South West Coast Path runs around the town and beyond taking you past many of the highlights of Newquay as you meander around the cliffs near Watergate Bay or venture to the west towards the small and cosy village of Crantock with its increasingly popular beach.

The Cornish Way

If you want to experience Cornwall - Cycling is a great way to do it

The Cornish Way Cycle route

The alternative to the South West Cost Path is The Cornish Way which is aimed at cyclists as well as walkers. Its six routes run between Bude and Lands End, with a few detours on the way. As the crow flies, Newquay falls in the middle of these two towns and is a great place to rest and recuperate after a hard day on the road.

Route Details

  • From – To: Lands End to Bude via Newquay and Padstow or St Austell
  • Distance: 123 miles. Map shows 175 miles of route, of which 29 are traffic-free.
  • National Cycle Network: Routes 3 and 32
  • Type: There is something for everyone! Including mainly minor, rural roads with some traffic free sections mean that novice cyclists and more experienced cyclists are both catered for equally.
  • Maps: Sections of the route are downloadable from Cornwall Council’s website.  Sustrans map of the entire Cornish Way can be purchased here

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

Running 630 miles around the South West coast – The South West Coast Path covers it all really.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon stroll or fancy a more challenging hike, this coastal path has a plethora of routes that vary in ability. With the South West Coast path you can encounter a different section of the Cornish landscape around every next corner.

Along the way you will see the coast splatted with Culture, heritage and history that outlines Cornwall as one of the nation’s favourite holiday destinations.

Head over to the SWCP website for more tips and ideas to walking the South West Coast Path.

Pentire Headland and Fistral Beach.

Crantock Beach overlook

Crantock Beach overlook at Pentire Headland

After short drive up to Pentire Headland, where there is ample parking, you will see Crantock Beach to the West. From here you can take a short walk through the grass across the left side of the headland towards the furthest point which will give you stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

From here you can walk back along the opposite side of the mound back towards the car park, admiring the view to the other side where you’ll see Fistral Beach and even see a glimpse of Newquay’s infamous Huer’s Hut.

Once you reach the car park, you could decide to take a stroll down to the Lewinnick Lodge for lunch or a spot of coffee and cake whilst you take in the delicious views of the sea.

Alternatively, if you carry on past the car park and turn left, you’ll find another small walkway, which will take you alongside the pitch and putt course on the right if you fancy a game of golf. As you walk down the rocky path, you will be blown away (almost literally) by the view that will strike you of Fistral Beach as you round the corner.

At the West side of Fistral there are a set of steps down to another Newquay foodie delight in Bodhi’s Beach Café and Bistro before you venture across Newquay’s largest beach.

From there you could go for cream tea at the Headland Hotel (which you may need to pre-book) before you venture back to the Pentire Headland.

Dinner at the Fistral Beach Hotel or Lewinnick Lodge is also popular if you’re not already full up.