Walk - Portloe to Mevagissey

12.2 miles (19.6 km)

Portloe Mevagissey

Challenging - Strenuous to easy

A bit of a clamber across rocks along a rather rugged Path out of Portloe eases around the more pastoral landscape of Caerhays Castle, before becoming tougher again on the approach to Hemmick Beach. From here the high cliffs to the windswept, 375 foot headland of Dodman Point looms ahead. Views from here are fantastic, especially on a clear day when you may even be able to make out Berry Head in Devon.

The landscape of the Path varies between a mixture of wild scrub and soft pastures and some road walking around Gorran Haven. The Path then really opens up on the approach to Chapel Point and walking is easy with rewarding views in all directions. Mevagissey, with its double walled harbour, is a busy fishing port and offers a good range of refreshments after a day of walking the South West Coast Path.

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.

Trenona Farm Holidays

B&B & self-catering holiday accommodation on a working farm on the Roseland. Quiet rural location close to beautiful beaches and South West Coast Path.

Mevagissey Bay Hotel

Mevagissey Bay Hotel is located right on the Coast Path and offers rooms with magnificent sea views over the bay towards Chapel Point.

House by the Beach

Unique self-catering accommodation in Gorran Haven, providing an accessible and convenient base for some brilliant walks along the coast

SeaSpray Cottage & Cabin

Just 3 metres to the beach, this idyllic B&B is perfect for those who love the coastline. Authentic cabin with outstanding views also available.

Honeycombe House

Victorian house overlooking the picturesque fishing port of Mevagissey with breathtaking views of both inner & outer harbours, a few minutes walk from the village centre.

Jen's B & B

Just 10 minutes from the South West Coast Path. A double room and friendly welcome for walkers.

Corfingle B&B

Idyllic B&B accommodation, perfectly situated for the South West Coast Path in Portloe, a gem on the Roseland peninsula.

Broom Parc B&B

A beautiful Edwardian property stands alone in a stunning clifftop position. If you saw the "Camomile Lawn" on TV, you will have been here before.

You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Coast Path Cafe

Right on the Coast Path at beautiful Gorran Haven. A village co-operative, we serve fresh, local, homemade food with wonderful harbour views

Interactive Elevation


  • Views back to the tiny harbour of Portloe.
  • Caerhays Castle and Gardens: the castle was designed in 1808 by the Georgian architect John Nash. The gardens, known for their magnolias, are open to the public in the spring. For more information tel: 01872 501310.
  • Porthluney Cove: designated a Eurobeach, this sheltered cove is clean and safe for swimming. The 1979 version of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, starring Jeremy Brett as Maxim de Winter, was filmed here.
  • The secluded sands of Hemmick Beach, surrounded on three sides by rocky cliffs.
  • Dodman Point and the Bulwark earthworks: this large headland was once an Iron Age fort, thought to have been the largest cliff castle in the South West. There are remnants of an ancient strip-field system and the remains of two Bronze Age barrows. There is a large, plain, stone cross erected in 1896 as a navigation aid. On a clear day views extend to Lizard Point in the west and Berry Head in the east.
  • Sitting on the bench or fields above Vault Beach.
  • The views of Gorran Haven from Maenease Point and beyond.
  • Walking through the fields towards Chapel Point and the white pebbles of Colona Beach.
  • Bodrugan’s Leap at Turbot Point: named after Sir Henry Bodrugan (also known as Sir Henry Trenowth) who made his escape from his pursuing enemy Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cothele by leaping off the cliff to a boat which took him to safety in France.
  • Admiring the white 1930’s houses at Chapel Cove - a truly beautiful place to live!
  • Searching the rock pools at low tide on Portmellon Beach.
  • The interesting narrow streets of Mevagissey.

Shorter option

Gorran Haven (8.8 miles, 14.2 km).

Longer option

Charlestown (an additional 7.3 miles, 11.7 km).

Public transport

The nearest train station is Truro, from where there are regular buses to Portloe and Mevagissey. Alternatively From St Austell train station, buses run to Mevagissey and Goraan Haven.

For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Portloe (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR2 5QA), West Portholland, Porthluney Cove, above Hemmick Beach, Penare, Lamledra, Gorran Haven, Portmellon and Mevagissey.

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