GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newquay to Perranporth

11 miles (18 km)

This is a popular coastal walk between Newquay and Perranporth along a section of the South West Coast Path. The walk is about 11 miles so it's perfect for a day's outing. It's a fantastic stretch of coast with lovely beaches, exhilirating cliff tops and beautiful bays. At Perranporth you can enjoy refreshments before catching the bus back to Newquay.
The walk starts off in the centre of the popular tourist town of Newquay, near to the train station and the bus station. You then follow the coast path through the town towards Towan Head where there are lovely views over the Newquay beaches. The path then heads along the popular surfing spot of Fistral Beach. You then cross the River Gannel to Crantock Sands which may require the use of the ferry at high tide. The route then visits Pentire Point and Kelsey Head before descending to the beautiful Holywell Beach which has a wonderful dune system and is managed by the National Trust. The route then rounds Penhale Point before crossing Penhale Sands which has the most extensive system of sand dunes inCornwall. After crossing the sands you arrive at the pretty little town of Perranporth where you can enjoy a well earned drink at the UK's only bar on the beach.
To extend your walk you can continue along the coast path to St Agnes Head and enjoy a climb to St Agnes Beacon and a visit to the fascinating ruins of the Wheal Coates tin mine. Beyond that is the pretty village of Porthtowan. A few miles north of Newquay you can visit the Bedruthan Steps, a series of large photogenic rocks along the beach.

Newquay to Perranporth OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Newquay to Perranporth Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the walk you could stop for refreshments at the Fernpit Cafe next to the ferry on the East Pentire Headland (Newquay side of the beach). From the cafe there are great views over Crantock beach and the River Gannel. It was built in the late 19th Centuryand has served as a tea garden for over 90 years. The cafe serves fresh crab sandwiches using crab caught and landed by our very own fishing boat Excelsior.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For an alternative circular walk from Newquay try the Newquay to Crantock Walk which takes you through Crantock village before returning to the town via Trevemper.
For more walks in the county see the Cornwall Walks page.


Fistral Beach from Towan Head - - 433744

Fistral Beach from Towan Head in Newquay

Fern pit Ferry - - 524466

Fern pit Ferry. Use this at high tide to catch the ferry over the River Gannel from Newquay to Crantock

Penhale Sands - - 12028

Penhale Sands. A beautiful April morning looking NE from near the old church in the sand dunes. Perran Beach about 1K west

Coastline at Perranporth - - 346916

Coastline at Perranporth


GPS Files

GPX File

Newquay to Perranporth.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Newquay to Perranporth.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)