Walks with a shipwreck in Cornwall

Walks which pass a shipwreck which is exposed at low water. Note that in many cases this may only be visible depending on the state of the tide, levels of sand etc. The majority of the coastal walks also have stories of the undersea wrecks along the coastal stretch of the route.

  • 3.5 miles/5.6 km - Easy

    Bude to Northcott Mouth

    Bude to Northcott Mouth

    3.5 miles/5.6 km - Easy

    A circular walk past the Sea Pool to Crooklets beach and along Maer cliff to the beach at Northcott Mouth where the shipwreck of the SS Belem is exposed at low tide. The wreck of the SS Belem is exposed on low spring tides at Northcott Mouth

  • 3.7 miles/6 km - Easy

    Polzeath to St Enodoc Church

    Polzeath to St Enodoc Church

    3.7 miles/6 km - Easy

    A circular walk along the coast from Polzeath past a number of small coves to the vast sandy beach at Daymer Bay, returning through the dunes past St Enodoc Church which was once so deeply buried in the sand that entrance for services was through the roof. Remnants of ships wrecked on the Doom Bar are strewn over the rocks at Trebetherick Point.

  • 3.9 miles/6.3 km - Easy-moderate

    Land's End

    Land's End

    3.9 miles/6.3 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk on the rugged cliffs at the most westerly point of the British mainland with spectacular views and spectacular wildflowers. The wreck of the RMS Mulheim is visible from the Coast Path.

  • 5.3 miles/8.6 km - Easy-moderate

    Falmouth Town

    Falmouth Town

    5.3 miles/8.6 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk around the thriving town of Falmouth which didn't exist until Elizabethan times when Sir Walter Raleigh suggested that the largest natural harbour in Europe would be a good place to build a port town. The remains of a German U-boat and fragments of five others can be seen at low tide on Castle Beach.

  • 5.8 miles/9.4 km - Easy-moderate

    Rock to Polzeath

    Rock to Polzeath

    5.8 miles/9.4 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk across the dunes and headland between Rock and Polzeath returning via St Enodoc Church where Sir John Betjeman is buried. Remnants of ships wrecked on the Doom Bar are strewn over the rocks at Trebetherick Point.

  • 6.1 miles/9.7 km - Easy-moderate

    Trevose Head

    Trevose Head

    6.1 miles/9.7 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk around the rugged coastline of Trevose Head via the iconic lighthouse and golden sandy bays of Constantine, Booby's, Mother Ivey's and Harlyn, with spectacular wildflowers in spring and summer. The wreck of the SV Carl is visible on Booby's Bay to varying degrees at low tide depending on the level of sand.

  • 6.8 miles/10.9 km - Easy-moderate

    Seven Bays

    Seven Bays

    6.8 miles/10.9 km - Easy-moderate

    A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the Seven Bays coast and around Trevose Head past the lighthouse. The wreck of the SV Carl is visible on Booby's Bay to varying degrees at low tide depending on the level of sand.

  • 3.6 miles/5.8 km - Moderate

    Gribbin Head

    Gribbin Head

    3.6 miles/5.8 km - Moderate

    A circular walk on the headland near Fowey where Daphne Du Maurier lived and formed the basis for scenes in her books.

  • 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. The wreck of the SS Vulture protrudes from the sand at Carbis Bay at low tide.

  • 4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    Lelant to St Ives

    Lelant to St Ives

    4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

    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. The wreck of the SS Vulture protrudes from the sand at Carbis Bay at low tide.

  • 4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

    The Lizard and Kynance Cove

    The Lizard and Kynance Cove

    4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

    A circular walk along the Victorian Excursion route from Lizard village to the most southerly point and along the coast path to Kynance Cove with spectacular views, wildflowers, and wildlife including the Cornish Chough. The wreck of the SS Maud is visible at low tide on Pentreath beach.

  • 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. At low tide the wreck of the Romanie is visible at Polridmouth Bay, and a large gear wheel from the Kanteong dredger protrudes from the sea beside the coast path.

  • 4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    Holywell to Crantock

    Holywell to Crantock

    4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Holywell Bay past the remarkable sacred spring and along the coast to the sandy beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock, returning via the poppy fields of West Pentire and the Cubert Common nature conservation area. The remains of a ship is visible protruding from the sand at low tide, thought to be the SS Francia.

  • 4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate

    Lelant Saltings to Carbis Bay

    Lelant Saltings to Carbis Bay

    4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Lelant following St Michael's Way along the vast stretch of beach from Porthkidney Sands to Carbis Bay, with views over St Ives Bay on the return route. The wreck of the SS Vulture protrudes from the sand at Carbis Bay at low tide.

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    Bude to Sandymouth

    Bude to Sandymouth

    6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    A circular walk through Bude and along two miles of sandy beaches to Sandymouth, passing Bude Castle, built on floating foundations by the inventor of limelight, the Victorian Sea Pool, the Half-Tide Cross and the shipwreck of the SS Belem from which the propeller shaft supports the barrel on Barrel Rock. The wreck of the SS Belem is exposed on low spring tides at Northcott Mouth

  • 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. The boilers of the Alba are visible at low tide on Porthmeor Beach

  • 7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

    Holywell to St Piran's Oratory

    Holywell to St Piran's Oratory

    7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Holywell Bay along the rugged coastline to Perran Beach and across the dunes to the Dark Ages relics of St Piran's Oratory, Church and Cross, returning via the Penhale Sands nature reserve which is carpeted in cowslips during spring. The remains of a ship is visible protruding from the sand at Holywell Bay at low tide, thought to be the SS Francia.

  • 4.3 miles/6.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Crackington Haven to The Strangles

    Crackington Haven to The Strangles

    4.3 miles/6.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Crackington Haven, with panoramic views of the Shipwreck Coast, to the long, sandy Strangles beach, returning through bluebell woodland along the Ludon river valley. The engines from a German WW2 high-speed torpedo boat can be seen on the beach at Tremoutha Haven at low tide.

  • 6 miles/9.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Sennen Cove and Land's End

    Sennen Cove and Land's End

    6 miles/9.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from the white sandy beach at Sennen Cove along the towering granite cliffs via Land's End to the song of the sea cave at Nanjizal. The best way to see Land's End. The wreck of the RMS Mulheim is visible from the Coast Path.

  • 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. The wreck of the Romanie, which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's murder scene in "Rebecca", is visible at low tide.

  • 7 miles/11.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Crackington Haven to Boscastle

    Crackington Haven to Boscastle

    7 miles/11.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

    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. The engines from a German WW2 high-speed torpedo boat can be seen on the beach at Tremoutha Haven at low tide.

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