Walks visiting Whipsiderry beach

The beach at Whipsiderry, Cornwall

The name of Whipsiderry Beach arises from some old mining terms: Whips (marker flags) and Derrick (an elevated structure for haulage situated over a shaft). It is recorded that the Derrick - resembling gallows - was named after a famous hangman by that name.

The beach is dotted with rock stacks, and there are some large caves on the side of Trevelgue Head. One large cave is known as the Banqueting Hall or Concert Cavern because, at one time, a piano was wheeled in here at low tide for candlelight concerts. Another, known as Cathedral Cavern, has a pillar and a series of intersecting tunnels. This was once quarried, it is reported, for white marble. Marble is far from common in Cornwall, but a bed of it was found deep in a mine in Perranporth, so it's possible that it surfaced in the cave here. There are also two smaller caves on Whipsiderry named according to their contents: Fern Cavern and Boulder Cavern.

  • 3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

    Watergate Bay to Newquay

    Watergate Bay to Newquay

    3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from Watergate Bay along the coast path to Newquay, passing the sea caves at Whipsiderry beach, the Iron Age hillfort on Trevelgue head and beaches of Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne.

  • 3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

    Watergate Bay to Porth

    Watergate Bay to Porth

    3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk along the beach from Watergate Bay to the sea caves of Whipsiderry and Iron Age hillfort at Trevelgue head, returning past the clifftop tombs of Bronze-Age chieftans, with panoramic views of the Newquay coastline.

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