Walking Polzeath to Port Quin
Distance 5.6 miles (9.0 km).
Grid reference SW932789 to SW970805.
For convenience park your car at the Tristram (Trestram) Cliff Car Park in (Old) Polzeath, taking a ticket on entry. Walk down to and across Polzeath
Beach towards Pentire Point. Opposite some shops look for a small car park to seaward.
Head right to the rear of the car park and look for the green
' To the Coastpath' sign. Pass 'Granny's Grotto'
then turn sharp left as signed before turning right up
concrete steps. Proceed along tarmac path to meet the road
some ten minutes into your walk. Pass Breakneck
Cavern with its purple slates and follow the sign seaward pausing
for a few moments at a commemorative granite seat to two
young surfers to look west to Stepper Point
and Trevose Head.
Rejoin the road before turning left to drop down into Pentireglaze Haven. Cross the boardwalk passing through a wooden kissing gate before climbing some steps. Look across the quite narrow estuary mouth to Stepper Point. Ignore the path to your right that leads to Pentire Farm, taking the seaward route through a kissing gate as you begin to climb Pentire Point. Look below to see a small coarse shingle beach - unusual in these parts. Now about thirty minutes into your walk, continue climbing walking seaward of a stone hedge. Crest Pentire Point noting the barren volcanic rock making up the headland before continuing north-easterly. Look carefully to see gas bubbles in the rocks formed when the (pillow) lava cooled rapidly in the ancient seas some 350 million years ago. Pass a large slate seat looking ahead to the hulking sheer cliff just west of The Rumps.
Climb gradually now pausing once more to look back over your left shoulder to see Newlands Island. Make your way over to the unusually shaped double headland of The Rumps. The Rumps were formerly an Iron Age Cliff Castle with excellent defensive capability due to the constricted neck leading out to the twin headlands. As you near the promontory, look for signs of the caves at Guglane just below the ramparts. The large offshore rock behind the eastern headland is known as The Mouls and is a breeding site for Puffins, Gannets and Kittiwakes in summer. Where the path forks either take the lower seaward path out onto Rumps Point if you wish or continue on the upper path through a kissing gate to turn south-east towards Com Head. [We found an old wooden seat here overlooking Sandinway Beach where we took time out for a picnic lunch and to check our maps and guidebooks]. Look ahead up the coast to see Com Head, Carnweather Point, Lundy Bay (Port Quin Bay), Trevan Point, Doyden Point with its castellated folly and Kellan Head near Port Quin. Look left across the bay to see Tintagel Head in the distance and even the white satellite dishes of Cleave Camp at Morwenstow north of Bude on a fine day.
Head southeast towards the viewpoint of Com Head. Drop down off the headland passing Pengirt Cove as you turn more easterly with the headlands of Carnweather Point, Trevan Point and Kellan Head poking out like fingers into Port Quin Bay. Pass the narrow inlet that is Downhedge Cove following the gently undulating path to Carnweather Point - another good viewpoint. Pass through a couple of kissing gates and beside a NT omega marker stating that you are now entering Lundy Bay. Follow the track down to meet the coast above Markham's Quay before levelling out to meet a choice of paths. The seaward path takes you to the collapsed sea cave known as Lundy Hole, the landward path offers a gentler route east meeting its partner just above Lundy Beach. Take some time out here to explore the beach if you wish but take care as access can be difficult depending on the state of the tide.
Restart from Lundy Beach once refreshed. Walk up the coastpath, rather a scramble at first, as it begins to climb Pennywilgie Point. Look to your right shortly to see a cave just below the path - an old mine adit. Follow the track as it levels out as it nears Epphaven Cove. Cross a small stream by stepping stones and go through a kissing gate. To your right lies a Rescue Buoy - Grid Ref. SW961799 and a NT marker for Epphaven Cove. Above the sandy beach lies the brooding Trevan Point.
Climb steadily now for about 10 minutes or so to crest the point and get your first glimpse in quite a while of Doyden Point and Castle. Pass the small inlet known as Pigeon Cove as you continue east taking care as you cross the boardwalk at Gilson's Cove as part of the fence to seaward is collapsing! Walk through the kissing gate some 25 minutes after leaving Lundy Beach and on between two mineshafts - to a former antimony mine - as you near the folly on Doyden Point.
The fenced path around Kellan Head opposite is the official coastpath route to Port Isaac, with walkers walking to seaward of the fence. We will not be following this route but will walk inland to Port Isaac instead. As you pass a stone marker, take either of a choice of routes down into Port Quin. The start point for our next walk.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:
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