Porth to Watergate Bay walk

A stunning low tide and South West Coast path walk exploring the islands around Newquay

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Distance: 2.57 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 9 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Newquay, Cornwall
  • Terrain: Footpath
  • Access: Footbridge
  • Height gain: 192 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 106
  • Starting point: Newquay Football Golf Club (GR SW 830 629)
  • Accommodation/food:

    Newquay is stacked with accommodation and eateries of every kind. There is an ice-cream kiosk at the start/end of the walk.

  • Island Summary:

    Porth islands sits above Porth Beach – one of the most popular in Newquay. The island boasts an Iron Age promontory fort, two Bronze Age round barrows and evidence of Iron Age smelting along with some great natural features including a blowhole.

    All can be seen on this circular walk around the island which offers fabulous views of Porth Beach and across to Newquay Bay.

  • Look out for:
    • Iron Age fort
    • Spectacular views
    • Swim at Porth Beach
    • Explore rock pools and gullies
    • Dramatic blowhole
  • Route description:

    The walk around Porth Island starts at the Newquay Football Gulf centre, just off the B3276, and heads west along the South West Coast Path to the footbridge over the steep rock gully to Porth Island proper. Here, the route follows the perimeter of the island before returning to the footbridge and then heading north east to follow the coast path back to the B3276, with a short walk along the road back to the start.

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