GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Par Sands Beach South West Coast Path Walk

2 miles (3.5 km)

A circular walk around Par Sands Beach, near the little village of Par in Cornwall. The route uses part of the South West Coast Path and the Saints Way to visit Polkerris and Little Hell.
You can start the walk from the large Par Sands car park. There's a wide beautiful beach with sand dunes, a lake and a freshwater tributary running along the far eastern side.
You can extend the walk by picking up the Fowey to Polkerris Walk and visiting the beautiful Fowey.


PL25 5DS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Par Sands Beach OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Par Sands Beach Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


You can often see a coffee van at the beach during the warmer months.

Dog Walking

The beach is very popular with dog owners so you will probably see other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Continue west along the coast path and you could visit the delightful Charlestown with its Georgian buildings, picturesque harbour and historic tall ships. It's a fine place for a stroll with excellent views over St Austell Bay and a splendid harbourside pub to visit.


Par Sands - - 1238451

Par Sands Looking along the sands from the South West Coast Path, with the China Clay harbour on the far side.

Par Sands - - 217639

A section of Par Sands at low tide.

Cliffs near Little Hell - - 1238497

Cliffs near Little Hell. Cliffs below Trill seen from the South West Coast Path. In the background are Par Sands and the china clay works.

Polkerris - - 104695


Polkerris harbour - - 792994

Polkerris harbour

Beach near Par Sands - - 938806

Beach near Par Sands. Taken from the NT coastal footpath looking towards Little hell. A quite seculded beach just minutes away from Par sands.

Lake, Par Beach - - 1238436

Lake, Par Beach. The lake sits behind the dune system at Par Beach. Behind is housing on the A3082 (Polmear Road) and on Polmear Parc.

Road, Rail, Canal - - 133400

Road, Rail, Canal. Transportation links of various vintages running parallel towards the industrial waterfront at Par. This photograph was taken from a train on the main railway line crossing them all.


GPS Files

GPX File

Par Sands Beach.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)