Trevose Head – S1755

County: Cornwall
Nearest Town(s): Padstow
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1 hour
Height: 74m
Map: OS Explorer Map (106) Newquay and Padstow*

This is a short circular walk which mainly follows the South West Coast Path around the edge of Trevose Head. The car park I’ve started the walk from is popular with surfers as Booby’s Bay and Constantine Bay are both here. There is a little detour to get to the trig point, but it’s the rugged coastal views I like most.

Where to Park

There is a layby next to the road just past Mother Ivey’s Bay Campsite, but this is often full. There are a couple of other car parks, which you will probably have to pay for. If you are staying at Mother Ivey’s Bay you can walk from the site, or just move the start point!

National Trust Trevose Head

The Walk In

From the National Trust car park, head west towards the sea. Turn right when you reach the coast path and follow the yellow acorn signs.

South Coast Path at Trevose Head
South Coast Path at Trevose Head

You will pass a big hole in the ground (Round Hole on the OS Map) and then come to another car park. Cross the car park and head past a memorial towards a fenced-off building with a mast.

The trig pillar is just to the east of the mast. Detour over!

The View From The Pillar

The Cornish coast is rugged with big cliffs and lots of waves, so on the way round you’ll get some great views. It was a bit cloudy on the day I did this walk but from the trig point you get a good 360 view round the headland, seeing Harlyn Bay and back towards Padstow to the east and out across the surf beaches to the west.

When I did this walk it was pretty overcast, but on a sunny day the views would be good, honest…

View out to sea from Trevose Head

The Walk Out

Make your way back to the coast path (there are a couple of paths, just head downhill) and continue clockwise round the headland.

You will pass signs for the lifeboat station when the coast path crosses the road. It is well worth a look if you fancy another detour, although there are a lot of steps down to it if you want to go inside. (The all-weather lifeboat is launched down a steep ramp – the scheduled training launches are advertised locally if you fancy watching!)

Trevose Head Lifeboat Station

Continue on the coast path until you come to Mother Ivey’s Bay campsite. Cross the site past reception (the shop stocks pasties from the Chough Bakery… just sayin’) and turn along the road for a short while (past the layby).

Continue straight on (don’t follow the road around the corner) and take the path next to the golf course straight across the base of the headland.

Turn right when you get to the sea and you should get back to where you started. With any luck (if it’s the summer) there might be an ice cream van in the car park.  

The Route


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