Par Beach to Polkerris circular
This circular route can be challenging at times due to some steep inclines but is worth it for the views and the option to stop at Polkerris’ eateries half way around. Much of this walk is on coastal and cliff paths, so make sure you're wearing appropriate footwear.
Distance: 3 miles
Parking: Plenty of parking in Cornwall Council’s Par Beach car park
Great for A more challenging walk with a lunch stop halfway.
In the corner of the Cornwall Council car park, not far from the entrance, you’ll find a set of steep and uneven steps that take you up onto the South West Coast Path.
Follow this forward in the direction of Polkerris, with Par Beach on your right. The winding path follows the edge of farmland where livestock graze, so be careful if you are walking with dogs.
As you approach a corner on the path, the route takes a natural left, up a hill. If you fancy a quick detour, go down the path ahead, rather than going up the hill and carefully climb down the rocks to Booley Beach; an extremely quiet beach with gentle waves lapping the shore. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year around, but there are no facilities.
Back on the path, walk up the hill and continue following the route forwards. Be sure to enjoy the far reaching coastal views on your right, in good weather you can see across to Mevagissey. After some time on this path you will reach a set of uneven and sometimes steep steps, follow these and they’ll bring you into Polkerris. Here you’ll find village toilets, pub and restaurant. In the summer the beach shop will also be open. Please note a seasonal dog ban operates on Polkerris Beach between Good Friday and September 30.
When you’re ready to continue, you will see public toilet signs from the beach (as you’re stood with the sea behind you) follow this path as it leads you back on the coast path. Continue on up the steep and winding hill. Once you’ve reached the top, continue forward to cross the field, making sure you stick to the path that leads you to a gate.
Once you reach the gate, turn right and continue forwards as you progress onto The Saints Way. Pass the signs for Polkerris Beach and carry on until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and follow the path down the hill and on your left there will be a gap in the hedge that brings you back onto The Saints Way. Take care when crossing this road.
Once over the stile, walk across the field until you reach a private road. Cross the stile ahead of you and carry on walking down the field until you pick up a path. Once this forks, take the left, following assigns for the coastal path. Continue down this path and it will bring you back to the steps that lead to the car park.