Park Head

The Gannel

Menabilly to Fowey











The path turns inland from here, as you walk along the side of a stream which has recently been cleaned out to provide a more diverse habitat for marsh plants and creatures. There is a large reed bed which may attract reed warblers in summer. A pair of buzzards feed from the numerous rabbits on the south facing fields opposite.

At the end of the valley, climb up a steep field and pass below Pentire farmhouse to a gate. Through the gate is the lane which takes you back to your car again.

More walks nearby:-

Beacon Cove. From the car park in Mawgan Porth, walk up the steep hill towards Newquay, and take the public footpath which starts just above
Bre Pen farm, on the Newquay side of Mawgan Porth, to Beacon Cove. Then turn North along the coastal footpath, and walk back around Bre Pen headland to Mawgan Porth. Sit in the garden of the Merrymore Inn with half of lager to recover!.

Carnewas. This was called Bedruthan steps for as long as I can remember, but for some reason it is now called Carnewas. It is about 2 miles from Mawgan Porth on the B3276 towards Padstow. Park in the large National trust car park and walk down to the beach if you wish. Swimming here is at your own risk as there is no life guard in attendance. If you walk on along the coast, you come to Park Head.


Watergate Bay

View from Watergate to the Headland, Newquay

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On the A3082 road from Par to Fowey, turn off to Polkerris and Menabilly beach. The road ends at a private car park, and this is the start of the walk.
From the car park, go down the lane to the farm, where you are asked to pay 40p to park. The lane past the farm is often muddy, even in summer, but it can be negotiated in walking boots. The lane continues on into a deep cut. This part of the lane was completely grown over for many years, but it has been cleared now and it goes down to Menabilly beach.

Lane to Menabilly Menabilly Beach

Go through the gate where you can go right, up to the Daymark on Gribben head, and then on to Polkerris, or left towards Menabilly beach. Walk across the top of the beach to the wall or dam which holds back a lake. You can walk over the wall and cross the stepping stones over the little stream from the lake where once again you have a choice of directions.

The Wall Menabilly Bay The Daymark

Going to the right you climb up through Lankelly woods to the coastal footpath. The path crosses several fields, and looking down to the rocks at low tide you can see black back gulls, common gulls, terns, cormorants, ducks and even a heron. The path drops down to a little cove, and then to Coombe Haven, a favourite beach for the locals. Rising again you have spectacular views of Fowey river and Polruan. At the top of Fowey is the Allday Fields monument which is the start of the walk back to the car.

The river Fowey Lane through Covington Woods

There are two lanes which go down through Covington wood to Readymoney beach. You can walk on into Fowey along Readymoney road and Esplanade Road. The foot passenger ferry to Polruan is here, and it is well worth a trip across the river to Polruan if you have time.

The King of Prussia Polruan Beach

To return to you car, make your way back to Alldays Fields. Cross the field along a well worn footpath, then along a lane past a farm. At the end of this lane is a car park for Coombe Haven.
Turn left and follow another lane to a field. Turn left and follow the border of the field to another lane which goes back down to Menabilly again.

Lane to Menabilly

Return to the car park by the same path as you came down. It takes about an hour to walk to Fowey, and another hour to walk back again.


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