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Holywell Bay to Crantock & Back

  • Holywell, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8

Start & Finish: Holywell Bay

Not only a stunning stretch of the South West Coast Path between a trio of dog-friendly beaches, the walk from Holywell Bay to Crantock offers a wealth of diverse scenery, ranging from rugged headlands and rolling grassland, to secret coves and the buzzy metropolis of Newquay town.

Make your start point the sand bowls of Holywell Bay and hug the coast out to Kelsey Head, where you might be lucky enough to spot seals and seabirds around ‘The Chick’ rocks. The coast path skirts the wildflower-peppered grassland of Cubert Common on route to Porth Joke – a small, white-sand cove flanked by cliffs and caves. Back on the coast path, as you reach the tip of West Pentire headland, Newquay comes into view, but before it awaits the golden expanse of Crantock beach. Before descending onto the sand, stop and quench your thirst at the Bowgie Inn; dogs are not allowed inside, but it’s worth enjoying the view with a drink sitting at an outside table.

Make your way back to the National Trust car park at West Pentire, and from there you can either continue on and walk back the way you came, or take an inland short cut back to Holywell Bay via a couple of disused quarries along the way (as described in the National Trust Cubert Wildlife walk).

Length: 6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate