Charlestown beach - circular walks

Charlestown beach

The beach at Charlestown, Cornwall

Charlestown harbour splits the beach into two. To the right is a small pebble and shingle beach backed by a sea wall which ends in the rocky headland and is covered on the highest tides. A rock platform is uncovered at low tide. On the left side of the harbour is a larger shingle beach with areas of rock platform at low tide. On low spring tides it's possible to walk between the two on the seaward side of the harbour walls.

Walks visiting Charlestown beach

  • 2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

    Charlestown to Porthpean

    Charlestown to Porthpean

    2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

    A circular walk between the sheltered cove at Porthpean and the historic port of Charlestown, originally built to export copper, then China Clay, and now used for filming by Hollywood and Poldark.

  • 5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate

    Charlestown and Carlyon Bay

    Charlestown and Carlyon Bay

    5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk along the Cornish Riviera coastline frequented by royalty in the Roaring 20s, from the ingeniously-designed copper port now popular with film directors for its tall ships

  • 7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Mevagissey to Charlestown (via bus)


    Mevagissey to Charlestown (via bus)

    7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from the fishing port of Mevagissey to Charlestown - one of the best-preserved Georgian ports in the world and an engineering masterpiece which included a seven-mile-long leat.

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