Walk of the Month: Constantine Bay to Porthcothan
A circular walk between Constantine Bay to Porthcothan via nature's swimming pool at Treyarnon beach and a spectacular series of islands, headlands and tiny coves named after wine and pepper smuggled there, and the rock where a customs officer was left by smugglers to drown.
- Golden, sandy surf beaches at Constantine Bay, Treyarnon and Porthcothan
- Rockpools at Constantine Bay and Treyarnon
- Alternating headlands and narrow coves used for smuggling, offering panoramic views
- Rugged coastline with rock stacks, arches, blowholes and caves
- Bird life including skylarks, corn buntings and birds of prey
The route follows the coast from Constantine Bay to Treyarnon beach, then past a series of deep inlets to the sheltered, sandy beach at Porthcothan. The return route is fairly quick, via some lanes, so you can linger on the coastal stretch and explore the headlands between the inlets, or the beaches at low tide.
There is spectacular thrift along the coast at this time of year. The name is from its very conservative approach to retaining water in the salty environment.
Gradients: The coastal section is fairly level with a short climb from Treyarnon Beachto return to the cliffs. Where the route turns inland at Porthcothan there is a steady climb past Berryfields, after which the lane levels out. Where the route cuts a corner off the lane via a footpath there is a short climb on the far side of the valley to return to the lane.
Distance: 4.9 miles – Steepness: Easy-moderate
Footwear: walking boots, or trainers in summer
Dogs: There are only 3 stiles which dogs should be able to negotiate without too much trouble. Rare birds nest on heath beside the coast path – ensure dogs are kept to the path.
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