- Location: Cornwall (north coast)
- Terrain: Coast path; woodland trails; steep sections
- Access: South West Coast Path
- Height gain: 487 metres
- Map: OS Explorer 104
- Starting point: North Cliffs Car Park (GR SW 625 431)
There is plenty of accommodation in St Ives and Newquay
On the route there are:
- Island Summary:
The circular walk on the South West Coast Path near Portreath to see Crane Island is one of the best walks on the north Cornwall coast. It includes the cliff tops of Reskajeage Down and Carvannel Down, a short scramble down to see Samphire Island, collapsed sea caves and smuggler’s coves. There are plenty of pitstops and options for a swim in Portreath. Inland the route passes through the lovely woodland and streams of Illogen Wood and then Tehidy Country Park which, depending on the time of year, are great places to sea bluebells and autumnal colours.
There are many other options to walk the section of the South West Coast path above Crane Island. The easiest option would be to park at Basset’s Cove carpark (GR SW 638 440) immediately above Crane Island and look over the cliffs to see the island. To get there, head towards Hayle on the B3301 from Portreath. After about 3.2 km turn left down a small, unmarked lane on the right. A more moderate options from Basset’s Cove carpark, is to walk towards Portreath following the main Islandeering route described here, but in Tehidy woods follow signs for the North Cliffs Circular Walk until you reach the car park. Head right on the B3301 for a short distance to return to Basset Cove.
- Look out for:
- Spectacular coastal scenery of North Cliffs
- Descending into Port-cadjack Cove
- Seals in the collapsed sea cave of Ralph's Cupboard
- Bubbling streams though the woods
- Heritage mining trails
- Route description:
This circular route along the South West Coast Path starts at North Cliffs Car Park. It heads towards Portreath on the high cliff tops of Reskajeage Down to reach Basset’s Cove. There is a fairly hazardous descent into the cove at low tide (from which the base of Crane Island can be reached). The route descends to a stream at Carvannel Down from where it is possible to access Port-cadjack Cove to visit Samphire Island (only on very low Spring tides). The route ascends steeply, from the stream, and continues to Western Hill, overlooking the Cornish village of Portreath and its multiple pitstops. It then heads inland through Illogan Woods beside a lovely stream, and then tracks across to Tehidy Country Park. Using the Mineral Tramways Tehidy Trail to navigate through trees for the length of the park the route emerges into the hamlet of Combe, where it then returns directly to the clifftops at Reskajeage Downs.
- Getting there:
Getting to the North Cliffs Car Park – towards Hayle on the B3301, 5km south west of Portreath
Getting to the Basset’s Cove Car Park – towards Hayle on the B3301, 3.2 km south west of Portreath
Welcome new readers
Take a look around the site. Learn about islands you may never have heard of. Take up the islandeering challenge and find a pioneering route, or simply see what each island has to offer for a more chilled out visit. Go to ‘islands’ and find something that inspires you.
Become an islandeer
We have a lot of fun here, as we continuously find new islands and meet plenty of great folks along the way. So you’ll want to follow along. You can get new routes and adventures, latest blogs and news by using the email box below. Tune in to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see where we are going next. For the richest experience though, just keep checking the website for the latest.