Charlestown and Carlyon Bay circular walk

Charlestown and Carlyon Bay

A circular walk along the Cornish Riviera coastline frequented by royalty in the Roaring 20s, from the ingeniously-designed copper port now popular with film directors for its tall ships

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

The route begins by reaching Charlestown harbour and then follows the coast path to Carlyon Bay. Here the route turns inland to reach Biscovey via the wooded byway through Lamellyn. Footpaths and residential roads then form the route back to Par Moor. The pavements of Cypress Avenue and Beach Road lead back through the settlement of Carlyon Bay. The return to Charlestown is via a wooded footpath.


  • Sandy beach at Carlyon Bay
  • Historic harbour at Charlestown
  • Shipwreck museum at Charlestown


  • The route includes several A/B road crossings and 30 metres along a narrow verge beside the A3082.
  • The path past Lamellyn House can be slippery when the ground is wet due to moss on the smooth tarmac surface.
  • The path behind the school in Biscovey floods after prolonged rain
  • Note that most coastal walks in Cornwall have paths close to unfenced cliffs.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 107
  • Distance: 5.3 miles/8.5 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Waterproof walking boots with good grip
  • No stiles: ✓
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Habourside Inn
  • The Rashleigh Arms

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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