This Porthtowan to Chapel Porth walk takes in the turquoise waters, golden sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs with a lot of mining history thrown in. It’s one of our favourite stretches of the Cornish coast, so make sure you take a stroll along this wonderful part of Cornwall.
It’s just over 2.5 miles there and back, which will take you about an hour at a leisurley pace.
From Porthtowan beach follow the coast path signs up East Cliff on the right hand side if you’re looking out to sea. The footpath follows the edge of the cliff up the hill, it’s pretty steep so take your time. Be sure to take in the marvellous view behind you looking back down over the beach and towards Godrevy Lighthouse and St Ives in the distance.
Once you get to the top of the cliffs you can see along the North Cornish coast towards Chapel Porth, Wheal Coates engine house and St Agnes beacon.
You will pass the mining scarred landscape of Wheal Charlotte, if you follow our Poldark blogs then you will know all about the history in Cornwall.
Heading down the coast path towards Chapel Porth gives you a wonderful view of this tiny sandy cove. There’s a cafe at the bottom so take a rest and enjoy this quiet spot, if you’re there at high tide there won’t be much more than a rocky cove, but hang around for the tide to drop and a long sandy cove developes.
When you’re ready to return to Porthtowan just retrace your steps and head back along the clifftops.
If the weathers kind, drop down the cliff path to the tidal pool, hidden just around the corner from Porthtowan beach, for a swim! It’s one of the best hidden secrets of Cornwall…
Try brunch in the Blue Bar on the beach side of Porthtowan to give you energy for the walk, or to refuel after.
Visit the nearby seaside village of St Agnes for more breath taking cliffs and scenery.
If you’ve enjoyed this Chapel Porth walk then take a look at some of our other Cornish walking blogs.
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