Porthgwarra to Minack circular walk

Porthgwarra to Minack

Following very wet weather and churning by tractors, very deep mud has been reported between directions 11 &12, passable only with wellies.

A circular walk to the Minack Theatre, via St Levan's church, St Leven's Holy Well and Porthchapel beach, from Porthgwarra where the beach is accessed via a rock tunnel created by local miners.

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The walk starts at Porthgwarra and crosses the fields to St Leven's Church to reach Rospletha and then reaches the coast at the Minack Theatre with spectacular views over Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder. The coast path then forms the route via Porth Chapel and St Levan's Holy Well to Porthgwarra.

Highlights

  • Sandy beaches at Porthchapel and Porthgwarra
  • Spectacular coastal scenery
  • Views of the Runnelstone buoy, Wolf Rock + Longships lighthouses and the Isles of Scilly
  • Wildflowers in late spring and early summer
  • Wildlife including seals, birds of prey and choughs
  • Ancient relics including St Levan's well, chapel and stone.

Considerations

  • On the descent to Porthgwarra, the coast path passes over some large boulders.
  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 102
  • Distance: 3.1 miles/5 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking boots in winter. Walking shoes or trainers in summer
  • Café: ✓

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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

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