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Perranporth to Portreath

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Length12.4 miles (20.0 km)


Leave the bustling seaside resort of Perranporth behind as the Path passes through an ancient coastal mining district following rugged cliff tops. The mines along this stretch are home to bats, including the rare Greater Horseshoe bat. Not only do you pass many remnants of the mining industry, but you will also see some fascinating geology along the way, especially around Cligga Head.

The path can prove strenuous in places with some tiring ascents and descents, but there are also some more restful sections with level walking above high, sheer cliffs and fantastic views of your journey ahead. Look out for razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes nesting around St Agnes Head.


Moderate to strenuous

Nearby refreshments

There are shops and cafes in Perranporth where you can stock up on refreshments for the day ahead. You can find more refreshments in the cafes and pubs of St Agnes. For local produce try Taste of the West member The Driftwood Spars Hotel and Brewery at Trevaunce Cove. There are also cafes, bars and tearooms at Porthtowan, including the popular Big Barn member the Blue Bar positioned right on the beach. At the end of your journey you will find a small selection of shops and cafes in Portreath.

Public transport

The nearest train stations are Truro and Redruth. You can then catch a bus from either of these towns to Perranporth or Portreath. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Perranporth (Postcode for Sat Navs: TR6 0LG), Cligga Head, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes Head, Chapel Porth, Porthtowan and Portreath.

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Nearby walks

Perranporth to Portreath



Places of interest

Shorter option

Walk to St Agnes (5.5 miles, 8.9 km) or Porthtowan (8.3 miles, 13.4 km).

Longer option

Due to lack of accommodation close to the Path, it is recommended that you stop at Portreath, however if you really want to continue there are a number of campsites around Gwithian (an additional 7.6 miles, 12.2 km).

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Nearby walks

Perranporth to Portreath


Nearby walks

Perranporth to Portreath


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