Walks around Port Isaac

The coastline around Port Isaac is very rugged so the coastal walks are reasonably demanding but the scenery is superb. For a walk exploring Port Isaac itself, there's the short circular walk which includes Port Gaverne and Roscarrock Hill (of Doc Martin fame). There are also some longer walks visiting Port Isaac from St Endellion or Port Quin. Starting from Port Isaac, the walk to Barretts Zawn involves the epic climb of Ranie Head which is a perfect way to work up an appetite for a meal in Port Gaverne or Port Isaac afterwards. For a sandy beach, the walk from Port Quin to Lundy Bay is best done at low tide.

2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

Port Quin to Lundy Bay

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.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

St Endellion to Port Isaac

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.

4.7 miles/7.6 km - Moderate

Barrett's Zawn and Dannonchapel

A circular walk including some of the more remote parts of the coast path around Port Isaac Bay, passing the Donkey Hole at Barrett's Zawn and returning through the abandoned hamlet of Dannonchapel.

5.5 miles/8.9 km - Moderate

St Kew, St Endellion and Tregellist

A circular walk in the river valleys around St Kew - the first recorded village in Cornwall, passing the mediaeval church containing a grave stone from the Dark Ages carved in Latin and the Celtic script, Ogham, also known as the Tree Alphabet as each letter symbolised a different species of tree.

3.3 miles/5.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

Port Isaac

A short circular walk in Doc Martin Country including the pretty fishing village of Port Isaac and the historic beach of Port Gaverne with birds-eye views over the harbour.

4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

Port Quin to Port Isaac

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.

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 miles/9.7 km - Strenuous

Port Gaverne to Barretts Zawn

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.

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.