We love a circular walk and when it includes views of the North Cornwall Coast, it’s hard to find a combination to beat them. All you need is a pair of walking boots and suitable attire. Depending on the weather this could be shorts and t-shirt or long johns, fleece and Mac. Don’t forget your camera, to take some pics for the memory bank and maybe a rucksack with a few goodies to keep you going on your journey, although a pub or eatery on the way is always a good option, to plan into your time.
Bossiney Rocky Valley to Boscastle – 6.5 miles – moderate
From Gilbert Lodge, you can walk across the road towards the small parking area and into the field, where you will get your first sight of the beautiful Bossiney Haven. Turn right and just keep following the coastal path.
This will eventually lead to the down and up, Rocky valley. Beyond this, look out for ‘The Ladies Window’ over looking Short Island.
You will eventually pass the Coastguards lookout, which is a sign, you are not far from Boscastle harbour entrance.
Boscastle is a lovely harbour village, with places to eat and drink and some nice shops to peruse. You can also learn all about the Boscastle Flood, that devastated the village in 2004. The walk back from Boscastle will then take you back through some medieval land at Forrabury Common and views of Trethevy chapel and past Neolithic carvings in ancient woodland back towards Rocky valley and back along the coastal path.
Port Quin to Port Isaac – 4.8 miles moderate to difficult
Starting at the small National trust carpark at Port Quin, which is a picturesque fishing village it takes in some beautiful views of the coast. Following the coastal path, you will also see Doydens Castle on the cliffs edge. You will eventually see perhaps familiar views of Port Isaac Harbour (familiar if you watch Doc Martin on TV). You can spend some time wandering the streets and harbour at Port Isaac and also find a some great places to refuel as well. Then it’s back up the hill and through the fields towards Roscarrock Farm and back towards Port Quin, keeping the sea to your right.
Polzeath to St Endoc Church – 3.7 miles Easy to moderate
Park at Polzeath beach car park. Polzeath has some nice surfy shops and eateries, not to mention a great surf beach, so worth a visit even if you don’t want to hike anywhere.
Walk up to the left of the beach and onto the headland, keeping the sea to your right and just keep walking. You will pass some enviable houses to your left, that overlook the sea and will eventually get to another beach called Daymer Bay. Walk onto the beach and keep going through the dunes, which will lead you across a golf course to St Endoc church. If you are a literary type, you may wish to visit Sir John Betjemans last resting place here, before tackling the route back to Polzeath through the fields and golf course at The Point.
Trevose Head – 6.1 miles – Easy
Parking at the small car park at Constantine Bay and walk along the coastal path, with the sea to your left. You will pass such places as ‘Boobys Bay’, which always raises a smile just for its name, Trevose Lighthouse and Padstow lifeboat station. Once Harlan Bay is reached, it is a return journey through Harlyn farm and back towards Constantine Bay.
Boscastle to Buckator – 5.4 miles Difficult
Park at Boscastle and then head down the harbour inlet and up over to the right with the sea to your left. Follow the coast to Pentargon, where you will see a waterfall from the cliff. You will pass Fire Beacon Point and the Beeny Sisters, eventually finding the seal colony at Buckator.
The return to Boscastle is along small lanes and through Peters Wood and the valley of the River Valency.