Walks around Newquay

Newquay, Cornwall

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Download the app and use it to explore the walks and to purchase a guided route.
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The app will direct you via satnav the start of the walk.
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The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
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Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
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A map shows the route, where you are and which way you are facing.
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Detailed, well-tested directions are also included which follow you as you walk.
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Each walk includes lots of information about the history and nature along the route.
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Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need a phone or wifi signal during the walk.
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The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
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We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - £1.99 for a walk includes ongoing free updates.

A system of sand dunes runs from Perranporth to Newquay which results in most beaches along this stretch of the coast not being fully covered at high tide. The Cornish name for Newquay even means "wind blown dune". The town is small enough to be explored on foot and the surrounding area of small villages and beaches has a good network of footpaths.

  • 2.2 miles/3.6 km - Easy-moderate

    West Pentire and Polly Joke

    West Pentire and Polly Joke

    2.2 miles/3.6 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk through the poppy fields of West Pentire to Polly Joke beach, returning over the headland to "the pink pub" that was a cowshed until the mid-20th Century.

  • 3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

    Watergate Bay to Newquay

    Watergate Bay to Newquay

    3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

    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 beaches of Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne.

  • 3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

    St Newlyn East and Lappa Valley

    St Newlyn East and Lappa Valley

    3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk from St Newlyn East through the woods of the Lappa Valley where the Steam Railway now encompasses what was one of the most famous mines in Cornwall during Victorian times and the riverbeds are still stained red.

  • 3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

    Watergate Bay to Porth

    Watergate Bay to Porth

    3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk along the beach from Watergate Bay to the sea caves of Whipsiderry and Iron Age hillfort at Trevelgue head, returning past the clifftop tombs of Bronze-Age chieftans, with panoramic views of the Newquay coastline.

  • 4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

    Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan

    Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan

    4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk from Mawgan Porth along the Vale of Lanherne, following the river Menalhyl to St Mawgan and returning past the 800-year-old cloistered Convent where the sanctuary light has been burning for hundreds of years.

  • 4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

    Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

    A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the coast with spectacular wildflowers and one of Cornwall's most photographed views over the volcanic rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, which Victorians liked to think of as a giant's stepping stones.

  • 4.5 miles/7.2 km - Easy-moderate

    Crantock and The Gannel

    Crantock and The Gannel

    4.5 miles/7.2 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk along the River Gannel from Crantock, originally settled by Celtic monks whose chapel is thought may be buried beneath the dunes

  • 7.3 miles/11.7 km - Easy-moderate

    St Columb Major to St Mawgan

    St Columb Major to St Mawgan

    7.3 miles/11.7 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk along the Vale of Lanherne from the mediaeval market town of St Columb Major, where Cornish Hurling is still played, to the riverside pub, church and convent at St Mawgan, returning through the broadleaf woodland of the Carnanton Estate along the River Menalhyl.

  • 4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate

    Bedruthan Steps

    Bedruthan Steps

    4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk with spectacular views of the rock stacks at Bedruthan Steps about which the myth of a giant's stepping stones was concocted for the amusement of Victorian tourists flocking to Padstow and Newquay on the new railway.

  • 4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    Holywell to Crantock

    Holywell to Crantock

    4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Holywell Bay past the remarkable sacred spring and along the coast to the sandy beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock, returning via the poppy fields of West Pentire and the Cubert Common nature conservation area.

  • 5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

    Porth Reservoir

    Porth Reservoir

    5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

    A circular walk through the wildlife reserve around the reservoir lake, past crumbling ruins of Fir Hill Manor and via farmland, a mill and wooded vales that were also once part of the great estate.

  • 5.8 miles/9.3 km - Moderate

    Newquay

    Newquay

    5.8 miles/9.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk around the UK's surf capital which was transformed from a tiny fishing village with a few thatched cottages when, in order to export ore from the harbour, a horse-drawn tramway was built across Cornwall which later became part of the Great Western Railway.

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    Bedruthan Steps to Porthcothan

    Bedruthan Steps to Porthcothan

    6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    A circular walk featuring some of the most spectacular scenery of the North Cornish coast including the rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, the azure lagoon of the Trescore Islands and the sheltered golden sandy beach at Porthcothan.

  • 6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

    Holywell Bay to Newquay

    Holywell Bay to Newquay

    6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from Holywell Bay along the coast and Gannel estuary to Newquay, passing the beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock and the headland of West Pentire where there is a spectacular display of red-and-gold wildflowers in June.

  • 7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

    Holywell to St Piran's Oratory

    Holywell to St Piran's Oratory

    7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Holywell Bay along the rugged coastline to Perran Beach and across the dunes to the Dark Ages relics of St Piran's Oratory, Church and Cross, returning via the Penhale Sands nature reserve which is carpeted in cowslips during spring.

  • 6.3 miles/10.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Cubert to St Pirans Round

    Cubert to St Pirans Round

    6.3 miles/10.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Cubert's Celtic churchyard through the cowslip meadows of the Penhale Sands nature reserve and on paths lined with wildflowers along the river valley to reach St Pirans Round - the remains of the mediaeval amphitheatre.

Download the iWalk Cornwall app and use the QR scanner within the app to find out more about any of the walks above.

In Newquay itself there is the Newquay town and headlands walk and the Crantock and Gannel walk is also close by. Coastal walks to the north of Newquay include circular walks from Watergate to Porth and at Bedruthan Steps, and one-way walks using the bus from Watergate Bay to Newquay and Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth. To the south of Newquay, there are circular walks from Holywell Bay to Crantock and a longer one from Holywell to St Piran's Oratory. There are also some circular routes inland of Newquay, particularly around St Columb Major and Goonhavern.