Tregantle to Crafthole circular walk

Tregantle to Crafthole

A circular walk in tributary valleys of the St Germans River and past the Victorian coastal defences overlooking Whitsand Bay, where one of the forts is still in use today.

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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

After circling the inland side of the fort via the not-so-coastal section of the South West Coast Path, the route heads into the tributary valleys of the St Germans River on quiet lanes and footpaths to reach Crafthole. The route then meets the coast near Portwrinkle and follows the coastal path to the Tregantle ranges. The route passes through the firing ranges (having been timed for when they are inactive!) to return via the fort and the path to Tregantle beach.


  • Views over Whitsand Bay
  • Sandy beach at Tregantle
  • Wildflowers in spring
  • Optional short extension to Portwrinkle


  • Part of the coastal section is closed when the firing ranges are active - use the firing times to plan your walk.
  • The route involves crossings of a B-road and paths along the verge close to fast traffic.
  • Note that most coastal walks in Cornwall have paths close to unfenced cliffs.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 108
  • Distance: 5.2 miles/8.3 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking boots
  • No stiles: ✓
  • Pub: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Finnygook Inn

Adjoining walks

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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