One-way walks in Cornwall

These are walks which use public transport to make a one-way walk into a circular route. Currently these are all coastal walks, allowing a 100% coastal route. We always place bus journeys at the start of the walk so you can relax and take your time during the walk without worrying about missing the last bus. Note that these routes overlap with our conventional circular routes so you can choose to do it the way that you prefer (see the "alternatives" section on the page for each walk).

3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

Watergate Bay to Newquay

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Watergate Bay along the coast path to Newquay, passing the sea caves at Whipsiddery beach, the Iron Age hillfort on Trevelgue head and beaches of Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the coast with spectacular wildflowers and one of Cornwall's most photographed views over the volcanic rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, which Victorians liked to think of as a giant's stepping stones.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Easy-moderate

Seven Bays

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the Seven Bays coast and around Trevose Head past the lighthouse.

4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

Lelant to St Ives

A one-way walk to St Ives along the beaches from Lelant including the vast expanse of Porthkidney Sands, Carbis Bay and Porthminster Beach, returning on the coastal railway.

5.5 miles/8.7 km - Moderate

Boscastle to Tintagel

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the dramatic coastline of islands and arches from Boscastle to Tintagel, rated as one of the top five walks in Cornwall.

6.7 miles/10.7 km - Moderate

Harlyn Bay to Padstow

A (bus-assisted) one way coastal walk from Harlyn Bay to Padstow via Trevone, Stepper Point - where a huge stone tower stands as a daymark, the Doom Bar and the sandy coves of Hawker's, Harbour and St George's which join into a single huge beach at low tide.

6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

Holywell Bay to Newquay

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Holywell Bay along the coast and Gannel estuary to Newquay, passing the beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock and the headland of West Pentire where there is a spectacular display of red-and-gold wildflowers in June.

7 miles/11.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Crackington to Boscastle

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the Shipwreck Coast from Crackington Haven to Boscastle passing the largest seal colony in North Cornwall, the highest cliff in Cornwall and the long, sandy beach at The Strangles.

9.4 miles/15.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

Port Isaac to Polzeath

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Port Isaac to Polzeath along the Rollercoaster Path to Port Quin, the golden beaches of Lundy Bay via the Iron Age hillfort on the twin headland of The Rumps.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Strenuous

Crackington Haven to Widemouth

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the Shipwreck Coast from Crackington Haven to Widemouth Bay passing the bluebell woodland of ancient twisted oaks at The Dizzard, chevron folded rocks and honeycomb reefs of Millook Haven and fossil beds of Wanson Mouth.

9.7 miles/15.6 km - Strenuous

Port Isaac to Tintagel

A one-way walk from Port Isaac to Tintagel along towering cliffs, past the long, sandy beaches of Tregardock and Trebarwith, the slate pinnacles of the coastal quarries and via the mediaeval cliff-top church to the castle of Arthurian legend.