Circular walk from Port Gaverne to Barretts Zawn

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.

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The walk starts from Port Isaac car park and goes down the hill to Port Gaverne, then around the headland where fulmars nest on the rock ledges, to where the cliff edge meets the lane at Cartway Cove. The walk follows the coast along Bounds Cliff to the deep ravine at Ranie Point and on to Barretts Zawn. The route follows the valley inland to the farm at Hendra and returns to Port Gaverne along the lane.


  • Historic settlement of Port Gaverne which predates Port Isaac
  • Sandy beach at low tide at Port Gaverne
  • Spectacular panoramic views over Port Isaac Bay from the coast path
  • Clifftop views over Barrett's Zawn beach
  • "Donkey Hole" - a hidden tunnel to Barrett's Zawn beach (entry not recommended)
  • Local food and drink at Port Gaverne hotel (pub and restaurant)
  • Return route along pleasant country lanes lined with wildflowers in spring and summer


  • The Coast Path between Ranie Point and Barretts Zawn is very steep and does not have steps.
  • Five of the stiles on the coast path are stone footholds over walls. These vary from about 3ft up to over 5ft.
  • As the route comes inland, one of the stiles has disintegrated leaving a fence which needs to be climbed. This is about about 3ft high and constructed from 2 telegraph poles, resembling a horse jump.
  • The lane to Port Gaverne forming the return route gets a reasonable amount of traffic, particularly in holiday periods.
  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 106,109
  • Distance: 6 miles/9.7 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate-strenuous
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Port Gaverne Hotel

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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