GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Porth Reservoir

3 miles (5 km)

Enjoy a circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Newquay. You'll find a nature trail, bird hides and a visitor centre with information on the area. There's also an impressive dam, boardwalks, and woodland to enjoy. This walk starts at the parking area and takes you around the reservoir on footpaths and country lanes. If you're coming by bike you can reach the reservoir by riding east on National Cylcle Route 32 from Newquay.
For nice views down to the reservoir you can try the Colan Woods Walk which takes you along the country lanes and footpaths above the reservoir.


TR8 4JT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Porth Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Porth Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the south east you can pick up the Goss Moor Trail. This shared cycling and walking trail explores the expansive Goss Moor National Nature Reserve where there's a number of rare plant and wildlife species to look out for.
A bit further to the south you'll find the little village of Ladock and Ladock Woods. It's a serene place with pleasant woodland trails and some nice views of the Tresillian River in the village. Ladock also includes a 17th century pub which is worthy of some investigation.
Just south of Newquay you can pick up the Holywell to Crantock Circular Walk to visit the lovely Holywell Bay and the secluded beach at Porth Joke.
To the north of Newquay there's Watergate Bay where you will find a wonderful 2 mile long surfind beach and a footbridge over to the splendid Porth Island headland.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.


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Porth Reservoir.

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Dam at Porth Reservoir.

Nature Trail at the edge of Porth Reservoir - - 2403090

Nature Trail at the edge of the reservoir

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Wonderful view from above the reservoir with some lovely patchwork countryside beyond.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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