Walks with a fishing village in Cornwall

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The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
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Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
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A map shows the route, where you are and which way you are facing.
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Detailed, well-tested directions are also included which follow you as you walk.
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Each walk includes lots of information about the history and nature along the route.
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Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need a phone or wifi signal during the walk.
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The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
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We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - £1.99 for a walk includes ongoing free updates.

These are walks that either pass through or end at a fishing village or port town. Common features include pilchard cellars, net lofts and rocket stores as well as the harbours and quays.

  • 3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

    Padstow to Harbour Cove

    Padstow to Harbour Cove

    3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk through Padstow's mediaeval network of streets to the church, the Elizabethan Manor at Prideaux Place and Tregirls Farm, with panoramic views of the estuary, returning along a mile of sandy beaches.

  • 6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

    Daymer Bay to Padstow

    Daymer Bay to Padstow

    6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

    A figure-of-8 walk from Daymer Bay thorough the dunes to Rock, passing the once-buried St Enodoc church, before crossing on the ferry to Padstow, and returning along three miles of sandy beaches.

  • 2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

    Polperro

    Polperro

    2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

    A figure-of-eight walk around the fishing village and headlands surrounding Polperro, passing the net loft perched above the harbour, the Victorian sea pool, the site of the mediaeval chapel and the route to the lighthouse walked by the blind harbourmaster.

  • 2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

    Port Quin to Lundy Bay

    Port Quin to Lundy Bay

    2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from the fishing village of Port Quin to the golden sandy beaches of Epphaven Cove and Lundy Bay with spectacular coastal scenery, via the cliff-edge folly on Doyden Point built as a gambling den.

  • 3.3 miles/5.3 km - Moderate

    Boscastle Headlands

    Boscastle Headlands

    3.3 miles/5.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Boscastle to Pentargon waterfall and Willapark coastguard lookout with magnificent views of the village and harbour from the headlands where the village women once gathered dressed in red to fool a French ship into fleeing from British army redcoats.

  • 3.4 miles/5.4 km - Moderate

    Mevagissey to Portmellon

    Mevagissey to Portmellon

    3.4 miles/5.4 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from the busy fishing port of Mevagissey into the Portmellon Valley and through the West Bodrugan Woods nature reserve to the beachside village of Portmellon where boats have been built for hundreds of years, and still are.

  • 3.5 miles/5.6 km - Moderate

    Padstow town

    Padstow town

    3.5 miles/5.6 km - Moderate

    A short circular walk from Padstow harbour to the viewpoints at the War Memorial and Victorian obelisk, the Elizabethan Manor at Prideaux Place, and including some pretty back streets that lie off the main tourist routes.

  • 3.8 miles/6.1 km - Moderate

    St Endellion to Port Isaac

    St Endellion to Port Isaac

    3.8 miles/6.1 km - Moderate

    A figure-of-8 walk from St Endellion to Port Isaac, via the estate of the ancient family of Roscarrock, who survived torture on the rack during Tudor times for being Catholic sympathisers, returning to the parish church, dedicated to the daughter of a Celtic king, on the ancient route which itself influenced the fervent adoption of Methodism in Port Isaac.

  • 4 miles/6.4 km - Moderate

    Towan Beach to Portscatho

    Towan Beach to Portscatho

    4 miles/6.4 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on the Roseland coast where, during the Napoleonic Wars, smugglers would row out to the middle of The Channel in pilot gigs to trade with the enemy.

  • 4.2 miles/6.8 km - Moderate

    St Ives to Carbis Bay

    St Ives to Carbis Bay

    4.2 miles/6.8 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from St Ives through the Steeple Woods nature reserve to the monument overlooking St Ives Bay where the eccentric quinquennial ceremony of John Knill has been performed for over 200 years, returning along the coast via the white sandy beaches of Carbis Bay and Porthminster.

  • 4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate

    St Ives

    St Ives

    4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk at St Ives along the granite coastline and white sandy beaches which have inspired so many artists, through some of the most famous parts of the town including the harbour, The Island and The Tate, and via the church and holy well of Celtic girl Ia who, according to legend, was the first to settle here.

  • 4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    Portscatho to Pendower Beach

    Portscatho to Pendower Beach

    4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk along two miles of beaches around Gerrans Bay which were once used by Portscatho smugglers to land contraband and strewn with the wreckage of sailing ships that overshot Falmouth Harbour and ran aground on The Whelps reef.

  • 4.7 miles/7.6 km - Moderate

    Fowey to Polridmouth

    Fowey to Polridmouth

    4.7 miles/7.6 km - Moderate

    A figure-of-eight walk from Readymoney Cove past the Tudor fort and along the coast where Daphne Du Maurier lived to Polridmouth where the shipwreck inspired the end of her book Rebecca, and then along the mediaeval streets of Fowey.

  • 4.9 miles/7.9 km - Moderate

    Gorran Haven to Dodman Point

    Gorran Haven to Dodman Point

    4.9 miles/7.9 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on the Roseland from the fishing village of Gorran Haven to the remote, sandy Hemmick Beach via The Deadman's Point of old nautical maps, still marked with a huge cross to warn sailors of the perilous lee shores, and Vault Beach where the wreckage washed ashore.

  • 5.5 miles/8.7 km - Moderate

    Boscastle to Tintagel

    Boscastle to Tintagel

    5.5 miles/8.7 km - Moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, along the dramatic coastline of islands and arches from Boscastle to Tintagel, rated as one of the top five walks in Cornwall.

  • 5.9 miles/9.6 km - Moderate

    Gorran Haven to Portmellon

    Gorran Haven to Portmellon

    5.9 miles/9.6 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Gorran Haven to Portmellon via the sheer cliffs from which Henry Bodrugan leapt to escape execution and sheltered Colona Beach, returning through West Bodrugan Woods Nature Reserve and via Gorran church which now has some of the finest bells in the country.

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    Boscastle to Rocky Valley

    Boscastle to Rocky Valley

    6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Boscastle along the dramatic coastline of islands and arches towards Tintagel, following the cascading river up Rocky Valley past the ruined mills and labyrinthine carvings and returning via the mediaeval churches of Trethevy, Trevalga and Forrabury.

  • 6.8 miles/11 km - Moderate

    St Ives to Carn Naun

    St Ives to Carn Naun

    6.8 miles/11 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from St Ives on the ancient churchway towards Zennor and returning along the rugged coast to Porthmeor where a Victorian cargo ship and the St Ives lifeboat were both wrecked and the ship's boilers are still visible at low tide.

  • 7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

    Cadgwith Cove to The Lizard

    Cadgwith Cove to The Lizard

    7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on The Lizard from the pretty fishing hamlet of Cadgwith Cove, past the Devil's Frying Pan, lifeboat station, restored Marconi wireless hut and the infamous lighthouse, to the most southerly point, returning via two ancient churches and the holy well dedicated to the Celtic Saint accused of being a werewolf.

  • 7.4 miles/12.1 km - Moderate

    Trevone to Padstow

    Trevone to Padstow

    7.4 miles/12.1 km - Moderate

    A circular walk to Padstow from Trevone beach, which tracks the route taken by sailing ships along the rugged Atlantic coast to the daymark at Stepper Point, past the infamous Doom Bar and the sandbanks of Hawker's, Harbour and St George's coves before finally reaching safe harbour in Padstow.

  • 3.8 miles/6.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan

    Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan

    3.8 miles/6.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular version of famous Hall Walk from Boddinnick to Polruan, recorded as a walk with "sweete senting flowers" in Tudor times and during the Civil War where a gun shot aimed at Charles I is said to have instead killed a fisherman who stood on the same spot moments later.

  • 3.9 miles/6.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Portholland to Portloe

    Portholland to Portloe

    3.9 miles/6.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk with lovely views of Veryan Bay to the pretty fishing village of Portloe from West Portholland where one of the last of Cornwall's mediaeval coastal farmsteads has survived.

  • 4.8 miles/7.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Mousehole to Lamorna Cove

    Mousehole to Lamorna Cove

    4.8 miles/7.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk following the coast from the historic fishing village of Mousehole through the Kemyel Crease nature reserve and around the towering cliffs of Lamorna Cove with views over Mount's Bay, returning along the route was that taken by the Victorian postman on his round from Penzance.

  • 4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Port Quin to Port Isaac

    Port Quin to Port Isaac

    4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk along the rollercoaster path from Port Quin, descending into Port Isaac, with spectacular views of the harbour, via the old houses of Roscarrock Hill including Doc Martin's, one with roof timbers tied on by an anchor chain, and the Sunday School with a bell from a shipwreck.

  • 5.2 miles/8.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Nare Head to Portloe

    Nare Head to Portloe

    5.2 miles/8.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk around Nare Head, past the restored Cold War nuclear bunker, to the pretty fishing village Portloe, with views along the length of The Roseland coast and over The Whelps reef - a graveyard for sailing ships that misjudged the entrance to Falmouth.

  • 5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Pentewan, Heligan and Mevagissey

    Pentewan, Heligan and Mevagissey

    5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Pentewan to Mevagissey via The Lost Gardens of Heligan which were discovered in the 1990s after 7 decades of neglect and what followed The Times described as "The garden restoration of the century".

  • 5.4 miles/8.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Boscastle to Buckator

    Boscastle to Buckator

    5.4 miles/8.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk along the coastline from Boscastle via the Pentargon waterfall to the seal colony at Buckator, returning along the Valency valley.

  • 6 miles/9.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Port Gaverne to Barretts Zawn

    Port Gaverne to Barretts Zawn

    6 miles/9.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Port Gaverne around Port Isaac Bay to Barretts Zawn where a tunnel leads to the beach, through which donkeys used to haul slate.

  • 6.7 miles/10.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Polkerris, Gribbin Head and Readymoney Cove

    Polkerris, Gribbin Head and Readymoney Cove

    6.7 miles/10.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk near Fowey from the tiny harbour of Polkerris, past the daymark tower on Gribbin Head and along the coast where Daphne Du Maurier lived and based many of her books on, to the sandy beach at Readymoney Cove, returning on the Saint's Way.

  • 6.8 miles/10.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Porthleven to Rinsey Head

    Porthleven to Rinsey Head

    6.8 miles/10.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Porthleven to the cliff-edge engine houses of Rinsey Head and Trewavas where the under-sea mine, set out with tables and food for the annual Tribute dinner, is said to have been breached by the sea just minutes before all the miners were due underground.

  • 7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Mevagissey to Charlestown

    Mevagissey to Charlestown

    7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from the fishing port of Mevagissey to Charlestown - one of the best-preserved Georgian ports in the world and an engineering masterpiece which included a seven-mile-long leat.

Download the iWalk Cornwall app and use the QR scanner within the app to find out more about any of the walks above.