Walk - Mevagissey to Par

10.7 miles (17.2 km)

Mevagissey Par

Challenging - Strenuous to easy

The day begins in the fishing town of Mevagissey, but try not to spend too long wandering the streets and waterfront as a Path of roller coaster climbs awaits! High cliffs pass rocky coves between Pentewan and Charlestown produces dramatic scenery, but tiring walking. The inland china clay works around St Austell come in and out of view. The clay industry boomed in the 19th century, resulting in the formation of the ‘Cornish Alps’, and continues today with 80% used to make paper.

There are many steps to climb along this stretch as the Path continues to rise and fall past Phoebe’s Point and Silvermine Point. Charlestown, with its beautiful historic harbour and quay, provides a welcome spot for rest and refreshment before the final stretch of the journey to Par. A diversion around china clay works at Par, leads you to the pubs and cafes and large expanse of beach at Par Sands.

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

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  • Stocking up on refreshments in the interesting, narrow streets of Mevagissey.
  • Views of undulating fields and white stretch of Pentewan Beach beyond.
  • The extensive views from Black Head: a humped, windswept promontory which is the site of an Iron Age cliff castle. There is a memorial stone here to the Cornish poet A.L. Rowse.
  • Walking through the woodland which runs down to Hallane Mill Beach: a good place for a picnic.
  • The woodland of Ropehaven Cliffs: a Cornwall Wildlife Trust Reserve and a good place to spot nesting fulmars. According to the CWT, fossils found in the rocks here indicate that 400 million years ago Ropehaven lay beneath tropical seas.
  • Emerging from the trees at Ropehaven to fantastic views of the Path twisting around the cliffs ahead.
  • Charlestown: Charlestown Harbour still remains relatively untouched by development and so has been a very important film and TV location over the years. It was used in the filming of the 1976 World War II drama The Eagle Has Landed, the 1975-77 romantic drama Poldark and the 1970's series The Onedin Line. The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre on Quay Road has many artefacts from shipwrecks and one of the largest underwater diving equipment collections in the country. Open from March to November from 10.00-17.00, Tel: 01726 69897.
  • The National Coastwatch Station on Landrion Point.
  • Exploring the dunes of Par Sands.
  • Views ahead from Polmear to Gribbin Head.

Shorter option

Charlestown (7.3 miles, 11.7 km).

Longer option

Fowey (an additional 6.8 miles, 10.9 km).

Public transport

You can catch a train to Par, from where you can get buses to Mevagissey and Pentewan. 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.


Mevagissey (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL26 6UQ), just before Gwendra Point, Porthpean, Charlestown, inland in St Austell and Par.


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