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Treasure Trails

Explore the Coast Path with Treasure Trails

The South West Coast Path has teamed up with Treasure Trails to produce a series of walking routes with a fun quiz element for great days out with the family.

A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore somewhere new. An easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way. Each treasure hunt is completed in your own time.

There are hundreds to choose from but the selection below are those that take in some of the best walks along the South West Coast Path in Cornwall. These include:

Looe to Polperro

A half-day walk in-between the two picturesque Cornish harbour towns of Looe and Polperro. Famous for its smuggling history, the Trail promises lots of action hidden among the creeks and coves, with stunning coastal views along the way.

Polruan & Fowey

This 3-mile route begins around the steep hills of Polruan. Take the passenger ferry across the water to Fowey. Stroll along the Esplanade to Readymoney Beach where Daphne Du Maurier lived for a short period and then up to St Catherine's Castle for fantastic views back across the water to Polruan.

Lizard Point

This four-mile circular walk starts and finishes in the picturesque Lizard village. It explores three sides of Lizard Point - the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain - passing old and new Lizard lifeboat stations and Lizard lighthouse.

Porthcurno circular

A Porthcurno circular route explores the stunning coastline close to the most westerly point of Land’s End, via Porthgwarra and Gwennap Head, where views of the Lizard peninsula and the Scilly Isles are possible on a clear day.

Lelant to St Ives

This route takes you from the Hayle estuary and through CarbisBay, before reaching the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, with the option to return by a scenic train ride.

Perranporth to St. Agnes

This 3.5 mile Trail follows the South West Coast Path from Perranporth to Trevaunance Cove, just North of St Agnes. The route, along the exposed North Cornish coast, passes an old airfield, important during the Second World War, and a number of old mine buildings.

Trevose Head Ring

This 5.5 mile Trail begins at HarlynBay and follows the SWCP along to Mother Ivey's Bay lifeboat station, Trevose lighthouse and around the headland with some dramatic views past Booby's Bay to ConstantineBay and finally Treyarnon. This is one of the longest walks along easy terrain so great for taking the dog with you.

On all these routes, kids (and grown-ups) are kept busy solving the clues to discover the treasure, hidden by the infamous smuggler, Jago Dyer. The story told is that he was notorious in the South West of England for his crimes. Jago had a poor memory and therefore committed all of the hidden locations onto maps, which have just been discovered - ready for you to take on the challenge to locate the missing treasure.

The answers to the clues are available from viewpoints along the route and come in the form of words, letters and numbers. Families can purchase the Trails in advance from either the South West Coast Path Association’s webshop, or, or from local Tourist Information Centres, including St IvesLooe and Truro and are priced at £5.99. No further maps are required – just follow the clues…And don’t worry if you can’t find all the clues as help is on hand; you can use the Trail Trouble Textline up to three times, and you’ll be sent the correct answer. We won’t tell if you don’t! For those clever families able to answer all the clues, there is also a chance to win £1,000. All of which makes for a great day out on the Coast Path.

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