Walk - Perranporth to Portreath

12.4 miles (20.0 km)

Perranporth Portreath

Challenging - Moderate to strenuous

Leave the bustling seaside resort of Perranporth behind as the Path passes through an ancient coastal mining district following rugged cliff tops. The mines along this stretch are home to bats, including the rare Greater Horseshoe bat. Not only do you pass many remnants of the mining industry, but you will also see some fascinating geology along the way, especially around Cligga Head.

The path can prove strenuous in places with some tiring ascents and descents, but there are also some more restful sections with level walking above high, sheer cliffs and fantastic views of your journey ahead. Look out for razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes nesting around St Agnes Head.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Cliff House B&B, Portreath

Situated directly on the Coast Path, Cliff House in Portreath offers cosy accommodation. Rooms are bright & airy and provide everything you'll need for a comfortable stay.

Kimberley Bed & Breakfast

Relax in the garden and large sun terrace. Conveniently situated close to village center, pubs and restaurants

Laity Farm B&B, Portreath

Lovely Georgian Farm House set in the countryside a mile from the Coast Path at Portreath.  En-suite rooms, wide range of choice for breakfast.  Pick up and drop off.

Presingoll Farm Caravan and Camping Site, St Agnes

Family owned and run caravan and camping site. Pleasantly situated overlooking the beautiful North Cornish coast. Ideally located for the South West Coast Path.

Portreath Arms

The Portreath Arms is a family owned and run Bar, Restaurant and Hotel located in the centre of the village. The menu features good home cooked food with ever changing specials and daily locally caught fish dishes.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Luggage Transfer Taxis

The only taxi business operating across the whole SW Coast Path allowing you to book all your journeys in one place. Cost effective, highly efficient and part of the Luggage Transfers Ltd group.

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Highlights

  • The Millennium sundial located on the point of the Droskyn mine overlooking Perren Bay. The dial shows ‘Cornish times’ which are 20 minutes behind GMT.
  • The mineral stripes in the granite rocks of Cligga Head. Look out for the copper staining in the rocks on the beach below.
  • Hanover Cove: named after the Hanover which was wrecked in a storm in 1763 losing some of its cargo of gold coins. Divers have recovered the ship’s bell, a musket and shot and many iron guns, however much of the treasure is said to be still buried under sand on board the wreck.
  • Seal spotting around Newdowns Head.
  • Spectacular views from St Agnes Head. This area is favoured by hang-gliders.
  • Looking out to Bawden Rocks (also known as Man and His Man) and watching the colonies of guillemots and razorbills and even puffins. You may also spot a few swimmers who attempt to swim out to the rocks in the summertime.
  • The remains of the dramatic cliff top tin mining buildings of Wheal Coates.
  • Chapel Porth, renowned for its great surf. At low tide the white sands stretch on to the next beach at Porthtowan.
  • Sally’s Bottom: note the contrasting Portugese granite steps leading down to the cove. Apparently ‘bottoms’ is a tin mining term.
  • The white Pepperpot daymark above Portreath harbour.

Shorter option

Walk to St Agnes (5.5 miles, 8.9 km) or Porthtowan (8.3 miles, 13.4 km).

Longer option

Due to lack of accommodation close to the Path, it is recommended that you stop at Portreath, however if you really want to continue there are a number of campsites around Gwithian (an additional 7.6 miles, 12.2 km).

Public transport

The nearest train stations are Truro and Redruth. You can then catch a bus from either of these towns to Perranporth or Portreath. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

Perranporth (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR6 0LG), Cligga Head, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes Head, Chapel Porth, Porthtowan and Portreath.

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