Trevose Head circular walk

Trevose Head

The coast path crosses the top of the beach at Harlyn Bay where there is no alternative route. During neap tides this is accessible at all states of the tide but during spring tides this is underwater for around 1 hour at high tide. Therefore check tide times (and heights) before setting out to avoid a wait.

A circular walk around the rugged coastline of Trevose Head via the iconic lighthouse and golden sandy bays of Constantine, Booby's, Mother Ivey's and Harlyn, with spectacular wildflowers in spring and summer.

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The walk starts at Constantine Bay, crosses the sandy beach to Booby's Bay and then follows the coast path past a collapsed cave before reaching Dinas Head and the lighthouse. The route passes around Trevose Head to reach the Padstow lifeboat station and the sheltered beach of Mother Ivey's Bay. The walk continues along the coast to the surf beach at Harlyn Bay along cliffs where there have been numerous Bronze Age finds including neck ornaments made of gold. The return route is fairly quick and easy, following lanes and footpaths back to Constantine Bay.


  • Spectacular coastal views overlooking The Bull and The Quies, the lighthouse and Padstow lifeboat station
  • Sandy surf beaches at Constantine Bay, Booby's Bay and Harlyn
  • Rockpools at Booby's Bay with wildlife including blennies and shrimps
  • Circular abyss created by a collapsed cave on Trevose Head
  • Coastal heath rich in birdlife and wildflowers
  • Sheltered beaches at Onjohn Cove and Mother Ivey's Bay with azure water in Summer


  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 106
  • Distance: 6.1 miles/9.7 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking shoes or trainers in dry weather

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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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