Watergate Bay to Newquay

Watergate Bay to Newquay (via bus)

A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from Watergate Bay along the coast path to Newquay, passing the sea caves at Whipsiderry beach, the Iron Age hillfort on Trevelgue head and the beaches of Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne.

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The walk starts with a 10 minute bus ride from Newquay to Watergate Bay. The walk then follows the Coast Path from Watergate Bay to Whipsiderry, or at low tide you can walk along a mile of sandy beach. From here, there is an optional diversion to Trevelgue Head and Porth Island, where there are panoramic views of the Newquay coastline. The walk continues across Porth beach to join the Coast Path to Lusty Glaze beach. The return to Newquay is across the Bronze-Age Barrowfields passing Tolcarne Beach.


  • Huge sandy beach at Watergate Bay
  • Beaches of Whipsiderry, Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne on the return to Newquay
  • Blowhole and Iron Age fort on Trevelgue Head
  • Panoramic coastal views of Newquay and its beaches from the coastpath


  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 106
  • Distance: 4 miles/6.4 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Bus: 56 from Newquay bus station to Watergate Bay.
  • Recommended footwear: walking shoes or trainers in summer, walking boots in winter
  • No stiles: ✓
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Mermaid 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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