Walk - Trevelgue Head from Newquay Station

5.1 miles (8.2 km)

Newquay Railway Station - TR7 2TS Newquay Railway Station

Moderate - There are some short stretches of steep ascent and descent.

A walk to one of the south west's major centres of prehistoric civilisation, where the cliffs are riddled with caves and old mine workings, with some spectacular effects. The route returns inland along ancient lanes and paths, climbing high above the coast to St Columb Minor. An excellent walk for children, especially if you arrive at Trevelgue Head at half-tide and catch the dramatic spouting of the blowhole in the rocks.

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.

Porth Sands Penthouse

Porth Sands Penthouse is a beautiful romantic beach apartment, situated right on Porth Beach in Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, with stunning views across the bay

Coastal Valley Camp and Crafts

Gold award winning rustic family eco campsite. Woodfired Horsebox catering Food and Cocktail barn. Holistic yurt. Topped off with Platinium awarded toilet and showers

Blue Room Hostel Newquay

Hostel located near Grear Western Beach. Great access to the Gannel and/ or coast to Padstow. Dorm beds or double rooms.

Parkdean Resorts Newquay Holiday Park

An action packed site with 3 outdoor pools. Close to Newquay's 11 unforgettable beaches.

Fistral Studio

Minutes from the SWCP section Crantock across the Gannel Estuary to Newquay, Fistral Studio is a self catering chalet with shower room, parking and a private garden.

Pentire Hotel Ltd

•Award-winning breakfasts and 75 rooms, some with Fistral Bay views. Relax in our indoor pool. Enjoy a drink with dinner. Some rooms are dog-friendly, so all welcome!

Parkdean Resorts Crantock Beach Holiday Park

Overlooking the sea, the caravan park is just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach, the Path and the village of Crantock. A fantastic location with brilliant facilities.

Higher Pendeen Camping

Advanced bookings only - Award winning, rustic, family-run, friendly, off-grid and ecologically considerate back to basics site with five pitches and Bell Tents.

Trevornick Holiday Park

Trevornick offers a range of 5* accommodation from camping to luxury lodges, onsite restaurant/cafe and bar, entertainment, golf courses, fishing, swimming pool and more.

Parkdean Resorts White Acres Holiday Park

Set in 184 acres of rolling countryside, White Acres Holiday Park is surrounded by spectacular Cornish scenery with a range of caravans and lodges. 5 min drive from Newquay. .

Parkdean Resorts Holywell Bay Holiday Park

Whether you want peaceful relaxation or family fun, you’ll find it all here. Located just 10 minutes stroll from the beach.
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.

Beach Box, Morgan Porth

situated by the beach, we welcome you year-round with locally-made food and drinks from our St Minver prep kitchen. Enjoy a variety of options indoors or outdoors with stunning views. We offer vegan and GF options. so, come and say hi.

Jampen Cafe Newquay Football Golf

Licensed on the cliff Cafe on Trevelgue Head. Surrounded by beaches. Beach huts also available from £10.00 per day. We also have football and crazy golf for the energetic

The Garden Cafe

Great coffee, cakes, traditional Cornish cream teas & light lunches in award-winning gardens

Bowgie Inn Ltd

With unrivalled sea views, lots of seating inside & out, The Bowgie Inn & the surrounding area is the perfect place to explore all year round!

Carnewas Tearooms

The family run Carnewas Tearooms and Garden is on the coastal path overlooking Bedruthan Steps with views onto Parkhead.

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.

Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre

We are dedicated to both the promotion of Newquay and to help you make the most of your visit to Newquay and Cornwall! Open 7days a week.

Paul David Smith Photography Courses

Improve your photography whilst taking in some of Cornwall's best views with Paul's range of photography courses.

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Route Description

  1. From the front of Newquay Station car park turn right on Cliff Road and carry on along Narrowcliff. Coming to the seating area above Tolcarne Beach, carry on along the path to the left, picking up the South West Coast Path as it rounds Barrowfields and joins Lusty Glaze Road beyond.

The name Lusty Glaze comes from the Cornish 'lostyn glas', meaning 'little green tail of land'. Tolcarne is  'hole in the rock'.

  1. Stay on Lusty Glaze Road past Lusty Glaze Beach, turning left onto the Coast Path again as it drops to Porth Beach. Continue around the beach to the path on the left beyond which heads out to Trevelgue Head and Porth Island.

Trevelgue Head and Porth Island have been inhabited for many thousands of years, and it was one of the south west's chief settlements in prehistoric times, when trade routes crossed Cornwall overland from north to south to avoid the dangerous waters around Land's End.

Flint tools have been found here from as far back as Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) times, more than 6000 years ago. Later settlers in Bronze Age days buried their dead in barrows here, and archaeologists have found traces of their hut circles, and a bronze foundry. Later there were iron workings, using ore from Black Humphrey's Rock. In the Iron Age, too, earthworks were constructed for a promontory fort to defend Porth beach, with seven or eight ramparts enclosing a space as large as 700mx200m containing a settlement and a field system. This is thought to have been in use from the 3rd century BC right through Roman times to the fifth or sixth century AD.

Much later there was a huer's hut here, where a lookout was posted to let fishermen know when pilchard shoals arrived in the bay. When he spotted a shoal he would shout 'hevva hevva' and direct the boats to it by means of hand signals. (This is the origin of the phrase 'raising a hue and cry').

  1. Detour at the footbridge to visit the headland and the island, returning to the footbridge to carry on along the Coast Path, rejoining Alexandra Road towards Watergate.

The island near the steps on Whipsiderry Beach is Black Humphrey's Rock, which is riddled with old iron mine workings. A couple of adits emerge near the steps, and some of the boulders on the beach contain iron ore.

There are some impressive caves this side of Trevelgue Head. White marble was once quarried in the pillared Cathedral Cavern, which has a number of tunnels leading away from it, and it is still possible to see a shaft in the roof and drill holes in the walls. Another large cave is Banqueting Hall, also known as Concert Cavern, where candlelight concerts have sometimes been held.

There is also a spectacular blowhole, just opposite the island. Around the time of half-tide the air in one of the caves is so violently compressed that it forces a jet of water through a blowhole in the cave with a thunderous roar that sounds like an old steam train suddenly emerging from a tunnel. All along this part of the Cornish coast there are caves that have been dramatically sculpted by the sea's erosion, and you can hear the hollow boom of the sea washing through the caves in the ground below your feet, where the pounding of the waves has exploited a weakness in the rock. The air pressure caused by the inrush of water weakens the roof of the cave, and where it is close to the surface part of the roof eventually falls in, producing a blowhole.

  1. Turn right on Trevelgue Road, just before the new apartment block, and walk about half a mile, to the footpath on your right.
  2. Take this footpath through the field. When you reach the track turn right and then left again to follow the footpath alongside the left-hand hedges of four fields, pulling steeply uphill at first. Bear slightly right in the fifth field to come out on a lane.
  3. Turn right on the lane and follow it steeply downhill to a stream and then back up the other side to St Columb Minor.

St Columb Minor Church is thought to be built on the site of an ancient barrow where pagan rites were possibly held.

There was an early Christian church here which was replaced several times over the centuries before a Norman church was built in 1100. This was itself replaced twice, once in the same century and again in 1417. The porch, with its stone benches, dates from the fifteenth century, but further restorations were carried out in 1795 and 1884 and the only other part of the current church remaining from the fifteenth century is the tower. Built of Cornish granite, this is the second highest church tower in Cornwall and holds eight bells.

According to Arthurian legend, St Columba the Virgin was visited in a dream by a white dove representing the Holy Spirit and as a result she refused to accompany her parents to the pagan temple. They had her whipped and imprisoned, but she escaped, only to be captured by a local king who tried to marry her to his son. Rejecting the plan, she escaped to the coast and fled on a ship, which brought her to Trevelgue Head. The vengeful king caught up with her here and had her beheaded. She was buried in St Columb Major.

  1. Turn right on the road, walking past the church to pick up the footpath ahead. Follow the path through the playing fields and carry straight on ahead in the field beyond, dropping downhill to Century Court.
  2. Turn right on Lewarne Road and then left on Greenbank Crescent, taking the footpath on the right a short way down. Cross Porth Bean Road to carry on along the footpath opposite. Cross Well Way to take the footpath ahead.

'Lewarne' comes from the Cornish 'nant wern', meaning 'valley of alders'. Porth Bean is 'little cove'.

  1. Cross the main road and carry on along Porth Way, turning left on the path at the bend to Praze Road. Continue along Manewas Way, turning left at the mini roundabout onto Arundel Way. At the next roundabout turn right, down Bonython Road.
  2. Turn left on Narrowcliff to return to the station.

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