This circular walk from Newquay explores the Coastal path leading to these two headlands with beautiful views towards Newquay Bay, the famous Fistral Beach and Crantock Beach.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park your car at Belmont Long Stay car park.
(D/A) From the car park, descend Belmont Place.
(1) At the roundabout next to "The Red Lion", go down North Quay Hill on your left (dead-end signpost) overlooking Newquay and the harbour on your right which leads to a fork with a blue handrail. Bear left, go past the white gate and climb the stairs. Walk the narrow coastal path along the cliff catching sight of Towan Head and The Headland Hotel far away. Then, go past the War Memorial you can see up high on your left. The coastal path finally joins an asphalt path until you reach the road.
(2) Turn right following the road which leads to the old lifeboat house, go past Towan Headland car park and public toilets. Ascend the hill which reaches to the Huer's Hut from the 14th century and used at a lookout.
(3) The 360° view from this hut is really beautiful. You can admire Newquay Bay, Fistral Bay and Pentire Point East!. Retrace your steps to the old lifeboat house and bear right to the coastal path towards Fistral Beach.
(4) Continue along the coast, go past the Headland Luxury Hotel until you reach a roundabout next to Rick Stein Fistral restaurant. Enter the car park on your right for almost 100 metres and turn left going up the coastal path across the dune. Continue straight for half a mile walking along Fistral Beach on your right and the golf course on your left.
(5) When you reach the esplanade, turn right in Espland Road for 500 metres and go up the rocky track until you reach a fork. Bear right along the cliff overlooking Pentire Headland and Lewinnick Lodge. At the junction, ignore the road on your right but ascend to Pentire Headland car park.
(6) From the car park, head straight towards the end of the headland using one of several paths walking around the point. From the Pentire Point West, you can admire The Gannel Estuary and the impressive Crantock Beach at low tide! Go back to Pentire Headland car park and go down the rocky track retracing your steps towards the esplanade.
(7) This time, ignore the path along Fistral Beach on your left, go past the toilets ascending Esplanade Road until you reach crossroads. Bear left following straight the asphalt path along the golf course and Pentire Road leading to Atlantic Road. Head to crossroads with Crantock Street and Tower Roads in front of you.
(8) At these crossroads, turn left in Tower Road for half a mile until you bear left in Belmont Place to go back to your car.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 105ft - Belmont long stay car park
1 : mi 0.08 - alt. 85ft - The Red Lion
2 : mi 0.8 - alt. 23ft - The old lifeboat house
3 : mi 0.98 - alt. 46ft - Towan Headland viewpoint
4 : mi 1.49 - alt. 52ft - Rick Stein Fistral restaurant
5 : mi 2.05 - alt. 49ft - Esplanade
6 : mi 2.67 - alt. 148ft - Pentire Headland car park
7 : mi 4.3 - alt. 66ft - Esplanade road toilets
8 : mi 4.77 - alt. 157ft - Crossroads
D/A : mi 5.17 - alt. 102ft - Belmont long stay car park
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