Walk - Portreath to Hayle
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- The views from the top of Western Hill down to the harbour of Portreath and to Western Cove and the cliff paths ahead.
- The contorted rock strata of Greenbank Cove.
- Crane Castle: standing on the site of an Iron Age cliff castle, almost entirely lost to erosion, you look out to Crane Islands and to the Path ahead along the Reskajaege Downs, which are covered in swathes of wildflowers and heather in spring and summer.
- The overwhelming mass of cliff and sheer drop to the sea at Hell’s Mouth.
- Seal spotting from Navax Point, which is covered in wild flowers, pink heather and gorse in the summer months.
- The National Trust have brought in a small herd of Shetland ponies to graze at the Knavocks and help maintain the habitat favoured by small birds and butterflies.
- Godrevy Island and octagonal lighthouse (now solar-powered) is three and a half miles across St Ives Bay, and is thought to have been the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel `To The Lighthouse'. The island is covered in bright flowers in springtime.
- Spotting the guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and cormorants from the North Cliffs.
- The Red River which once carried the red iron oxide residue from the tin mines up the valley out to the sea at Gwithian.
- Gwithian and Hayle Towans: the second largest dune system in Cornwall is home to hundreds of different species of plants, butterflies, moths and glow-worms. Apparently, St Gothian's Chapel has been buried three times under the shifting sands.
- The 100 year-old swing bridge at the entrance to Hayle harbour.
- The birds of Hayle Estuary.
Places of interest
- There are 250 acres of woodland and lakes to explore in Tehidy Country Park.
Walk to Gwithian (7.6 miles, 12.2 km).
Continue to Carbis Bay (an additional 4.5 miles, 7 km) or St Ives (an additional 6.1 miles, 9.8 km).
Portreath has a small selection of shops and cafes. There are cafes at Hell’s Mouth and Gwithian as well as a selection of pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes in Hayle.
The nearest train stations are Hayle and Redruth, and from both you can catch buses to Portreath. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Portreath (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR16 4LN), Crane Castle, North Cliffs, Godrevy Point, Gwithian, The Towans and Hayle.
Section 19: Portreath to Hayle
Starts 215 miles (347 km) from Minehead
Ends 405 miles (652 km) to Poole
Previous section in South West Coast Path Perranporth to Portreath
Next section in South West Coast Path Hayle to St Ives
Local maps and publications
- Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 102 Lands End, Penzance and St Ives
- Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 104 Redruth & St Agnes
- Official Trail Guide: Padstow to Falmouth
- Harvey Maps: Bude to Portreath
- Harvey Maps: Portreath to Lizard
- Paddy Dillon: SW Coast Path guidebook
- Trailblazer guide: Cornwall
- SWCP Association: SW Coast Path Guide 2013
Easy walks (2 walks)
This easily accessed, short walk gives excellent views of Cornwall’s rugged north coast.
A wheelchair friendly route ...read more
This short walk has great views across St Ives Bay, and out to the lighthouse on Godrevy Island ...read more
Moderate walks (7 walks)
A circuit through the remnants of one of Cornwall's richest mining areas and on to Tehidy Country ...read more
Whether the cliffs above Chapel Porth beach are stained red with the giant Bolster's blood or as ...read more
A short walk with a gentle climb beside a stream, visiting Wheal Coates, one of Cornwall's most ...read more
Walk with giants around the colourful St Agnes scenery, featuring blue seas and purple-and-yellow heathland, with wide-ranging views ...read more
Challenging walks (3 walks)
At Reskajeage the Coast Path travels high above sheer cliffs that tower over tiny sandy coves and in ...read more
The walk climbs to the top of St Agnes Beacon, a prominent landmark with outstanding views, and then ...read more
Leave the bustling seaside resort of Perranporth behind as the Path passes through an ancient coastal mining district ...read more
SWCP Association list
This list is provided by the SWCP Association in partnership with Luggage Transfers Ltd (who move walker's bags along the whole path), and these places are used to taking walkers for a single night.