Walk - Pentire Point West & the Bowgie Inn

3.3 miles (5.2 km)

The Bowgie Inn - TR8 5SE The Bowgie Inn

Moderate -

A short walk visiting two beaches and the village of Crantock, a place of saints and sinners, with two holy wells. According to local legend, the ancient city of Langarrow was buried in sand on account of its citizens' sinfulness. In more recent times, dogwalkers have reported their animals digging up bones which turned out to be human, and from prehistoric and medieval cemeteries long since covered over, so maybe the stories are true!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Parkdean Resorts Newquay Holiday Park

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

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!

The Garden Cafe

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

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

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.


Nordic Spa - Wood-fired Sauna, wood-fired hot tubs and cold baths, changing facilities. Open Tuesday - Sunday

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 Bowgie Inn walk down through the car park and join the South West Coast Path turning left.

Listen out for the Gannel Crake, a mythical bird whose desolate howl has been heard all around Crantock Beach. The name is attributed to two brothers who were once working beneath West Pentire, gathering seaweed to use as fertiliser. One of the brothers described the sound, which frightened their horses into galloping away, as 'like a thousand voices in pent-up misery with one long-drawn wail dying away into the distance.'

Ignore the paths to left and right along the way as the South West Coast Path travels around Pentire Point West.

At Vugga Cove, en route to the headland, there are a few rusty mooring pins and rings leaded into the rocks, evidence that the cove was once used by boats, and there are also twin grooves where massive timbers once lay across the narrow channel, possibly to enable local boatbuilders to scrape the bottom of a boat.
The lower path on Pentire Point West leads to a collapsed sea cave, a common feature on the North Cornish coastline. The cave was carved into the rock by the erosive action of the waves, which then washed around inside it, causing such a build-up of air pressure that the roof fell in.

  1. Beyond the headland descend to the beach at Porth Joke. At the head of the beach leave the Coast Path, turning left onto the bridleway which heads back up the valley towards Treago.

The beach at Porth Joke, also known by locals as 'Polly Joke', is named from the Cornish 'Porth Lojowek', meaning 'cove rich in plants'. The National Trust manages the fields around Pentire Point West as a nature reserve, and traditional conservation techniques have encouraged an astonishing 154 species of wildflower to flourish. In summer the headland is ablaze with the vivid heads of poppies and corn marigolds, also providing seeds for birds like buntings, partridge and finches.

  1. At the T-junction fork left onto the track, carrying on ahead past the car park and then Treago Mill.
  2. Stay on the track as a path joins from the right, descending from Cubert Common, and follow it to Treago Farm.
  3. From Treago Farm take the path to the left through the campsite, walking uphill through the top field on the path heading north east towards the West Pentire to Crantock road.
  4. Reaching the road, turn right. (For a short cut back to the Bowgie Inn avoiding Crantock turn left instead of right and walk along the West Pentire Road back to the Bowgie Inn) Heading towards Crantock, fork left at the junction onto Gustory Road, dropping gently downhill to Beach Road. 

The village is named after the sixth century Celtic saint, Carantoc, who supposedly arrived by sea on an altar and built an oratory here. This blossomed into a College of Priests, a major religious centre until it was dismantled under Henry VIII's Dissolution of Monasteries in the sixteenth century. The 'Round Orchard' in the centre of the village is thought to be the site of the sixth century chapel.
There are two holy wells in Crantock. The seventeenth-century St Carantoc's Well is on the corner of Beach Road, in the village centre, and has a conical stone roof. The other is dedicated to St Ambrusca, with a modern door depicting this second Celtic saint in the style of the bohemian artist Modigliani, and can be seen halfway down Beach Road, on the right.
The Norman church of St Carantoc, now the parish church, was restored at the start of the twentieth century and is well-known for its woodcarving, as well as the stained glass windows which portray the story of St Carantoc's life.

  1. At the T-junction turn left on Beach Road and then take the footpath to the left along Green Lane and follow it towards the dunes.

Crantock is said to be the site of the Lost City of Langarrow, buried by a sandstorm after the hedonistic lifestyle of its inhabitants brought the wrath of God upon their heads.

The ancient city of Langarrow or Langona was thought to have been buried over 900 years ago by the sand dunes which now lie to the south of the River Gannel. In its prime it was the largest city in England. It had no fewer than seven magnificent churches, and seven churchyards. Its inhabitants were enormously wealthy as a result of owning large tracts of richly productive land which, though thickly wooded in parts, was highly cultivated elsewhere. According to the legend, the sea was overflowing with fish of all kinds, while the mines yielded an abundance of tin and lead.

Criminals were transported here from all over England to work in the fields and mines, to dredge the sand from the River Gannel and to build the harbour at its mouth. These labourers were banished to the fringes of the city, living in rough huts and caves out on the moors beyond its walls. Traces of their dwellings are said to have been found in the heaps of wood ash buried beneath the sand, along with piles of cockle and mussel shells, (this was assumed to be their principal food) and the bleached bones of those unfortunate souls who perished here.

As was so often the case, the luxurious living - combined with a gradual lapse of the strict segregation between citizens and criminals - led to a riotous lifestyle. This turned to sin and sacrilege, finally provoking divine retribution. A savage storm blew up, lasting for three days and three nights. The sand dunes from Crantock to Perran were formed to wipe the city of sin from the face of the earth.

  1. Take the footpath to the left before you reach the beach, and follow it round the coast to join the South West Coast Path. This leads back to the Bowgie Inn.

On the far side of Crantock beach is the River Gannel, the tidal outlet for a river rising on high ground near the A30 at West Mitchell. It flows past the National Trust house of Trerice, which was named after it (from the Cornish 'tre res', meaning ‘the farm by the ford').

In the fifteenth century the mouth of the River Gannel was a thriving port, and until as late as the end of the nineteenth century it was used extensively by shipping. Vessels brought their cargoes of coal, fertiliser, limestone and earthenware into Fern Pit, on the Newquay bank of the river. This was then transferred to shallow-draught barges to be carried on the flood tide up to Trevemper, an important commercial centre three miles upstream.

The deep cleft of Piper's Hole, in the rocks to your right as you walk above Crantock Beach, is a haven for birds such as fulmars, jackdaws and pigeons. At low tide it is possible to enter one of the caves in the gully, where a flat stone slab can be seen, bearing a carving of a female figure, as well as a small horse and a few lines of verse. These were carved by a local man, Joseph Prater, early in the twentieth century. A short distance beyond Piper's Hole, Pusey's Steps lead down to the beach. These were named after an Oxford academic, Dr Edward Pusey, who spent a lot of time on the North Cornish coast in the mid-eighteenth century.


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