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Walk of the Month: Watergate Bay to Porth Island

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 chieftains, with panoramic views of the Newquay coastline.


Highlights include:

  • Walk along 1.5 miles of golden sandy beach
  • Large caves and rockpools at Whipsiderry beach
  • Bronze Age fort and blowhole at Trevelgue Head
  • Panoramic views from the coast path
  • Birds of prey, seabirds and marine life

The walk begins on the beach at Watergate Bay and follows the sand for over a mile to Whipsiderry. The route then crosses Trevelgue Head to reach the beach at Porth. Here, the route circles the promontory fort on Trevelgue Head, then returns on the coast path past Fruitful Cove with panoramic views over Watergate Bay.

Distance: 4.2 miles – Steepness: Easy-moderate
Footwear: Sandals in summer; wellies in winter
Gradients: There’s one fairly long flight of steps leading up from Whipsiderry beach.
Dogs: There are no stiles on this walk. Not usually any livestock on the route.

This is a nice beach walk for walking off Christmas dinner but take extra care with tides and sea conditions at this time of the year. Aim for a spring tide and when the sea is quite calm as big waves wash in further and cut off the beach more quickly.

Read more and download the walk here!


iWalk Cornwall
iWalk Cornwall is a collection of thoughtfully-crafted circular walks and a guided walks mobile app created by two brothers from Trewarmett who are passionate about the mindboggling number of amazing things in Cornwall.

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Theatre, live music, comedy, community workshops with social impact: these are a few of Florence’s favourite things. When she’s not at Cornwall 365, Florence is a theatremaker and performer.