Stunning scenery, a beautiful coastline and inspiring nature – St Austell and the surrounding areas have it all and with miles and miles of walking trails, paths and routes, the possibilities to explore them are endless.

 

Whether you fancy a challenging coastal walk, an easier stroll through towns and villages or a woodland adventure, you can find it all in St Austell – a walker’s paradise.

 

There’s never a bad time to get walking and make the most of our beautiful home. To get you started, here you’ll find a selection of our favourite walks. With new walks added regularly, don’t forget to come back and check out the latest addition.

 

Do you have a favourite walk? Add yours below for everyone to enjoy! 

 

Looking for more walking inspiration? Check out our South West Coast Path feature.

 

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Posted: 11 months ago

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

 

Difficulty  Moderate
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.

 

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Posted: 11 months ago

This coastal walk offers beautiful views of St Austell Bay and gives the perfect opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere, shops and food outlets of Charlestown at the start or finish of your walk, as well as the sandy beach of Porthpean. A perfect walk all year round, although it can get muddy after bad weather, so sensible walking shoes are advised.

 

Distance 1.2 miles each way

 

Difficulty Moderate. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

 

Parking Plenty of on-street parking or chargeable car park available

Great for People who love sea views and picnicing on the beach

 

Walk down through Charlestown towards the beach and pick up the South West Coast Path, signposted just after the Pier House Hotel and Restaurant.

 

Continue along this path up a steep hill. As you do, enjoy beautiful views of the Bay on your left.

 

Proceed through the gate and up the steps. Soon the path will give you the choice of branching left or continuing. They end up at the same place just minutes later, but to the left is a small area designated World Heritage Site.

 

Sometimes known as Charlestown Gun Battery, the construction here was built by Charles Rashleigh c.1973 to defend the entrance to his new harbour at Charlestown. The estate workers were formed into a Company of artillery volunteers, and held regular gun-drill here until 1896.

 

Within these defensive walls remain the gun platforms, the anchor stones for a flagstaff, and the ruins of a gunpowder magazine. The side-arms equipment for working the guns was stored in a lean-to shed against the battery wall.

 

Continue on the path and through the next gate. As you continue forwards, you will begin to hear the gentle south coast waves on your left as well as catching glimpses of the beach through the trees.

 

Continue on the winding path as it snakes downs to Duporth Beach. Keep on the path as it climbs back up the hill, before bringing you to a long set of steps which take you straight on to Porthpean Beach.

 

Once you’re done having fun on the beach, return back to Charlestown using the same route and reward yourself with refreshments from the village’s many cafes, ice cream huts and restaurants or pay a visit to the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre where children under 10 go free with a paying adult.

 

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Posted: 11 months ago

This short, but hilly walk will show you Fowey in a new light. Make your way through green fields and woodland to enjoy spectacular coastal views and discover a historic castle perched on the edge of a cliff.

 

Distance 1.5 miles

 

Difficulty Moderate  

 

Parking National Trust Coombe Farm car park

 

Great for First class coastal views and exploring

 

Park at the National Trust Coombe Farm car park (grid ref: SX110512) and once on foot, turn right down a track, waymarked towards Readymoney. You will go past a B&B on your right, continue forward, go through the gate and walk across the field on the well-trodden grass path.

 

Take the time to enjoy the views of the coast to your right.

 

Take the path bearing left, going through a metal kissing gate and continue down the steep hill. This path can be rocky underfoot, so sensible walking shoes are advised. This stretch can also be very muddy after bad weather.

 

Around half way down the hill, you’ll find some steps to the left hand side of the path, making the descent much easier. At the bottom of the steps, turn right, following the direction of the wooden marker.

 

The path will continue to descend. At the fork towards the bottom of the hill, take the right hand side path (for a quick detour to Readymoney Cove, take the left hand path. In the summer months you'll often find an ice cream van near the beach).

 

At the top of the path, you will find a stone marker for the Gribbin, turn left here and proceed down to St Catherine’s Castle.

 

St Catherine’s Castle formed part of the coastal defence system started by Henry VIII after his break with the Church of Rome resulted in England’s isolation from Catholic Europe.

 

A battery for two guns was built on the levelled platform on the tip of the headland below the fort during the mid-19th century, protected behind a parapet wall. 

 

By the end of the 19th century, St Catherine’s Castle had been abandoned, but it was put back into military service again during the Second World War. From June 1940, St Catherine’s Point became a gun battery and observation post, stretching from the castle to the higher ground to the west. Most of the 1940s concrete defences were dismantled after the war.

 

             

 

The fort is a single D-shaped tower looking south-east from the tip of the headland. The tower is two storeys high with walls more than one metre thick and features two rows of gunports. There are a further three gunports on the ground floor, as well a tall, narrow fireplace.

 

The first floor has a number of narrow windows that would have been ideal lookouts. There area further two gunports at this level, one of which is blocked. In one corner of the tower are the remains of a spiral staircase that gave access to the upper floor and roof.

 

Once you have finished exploring the castle’s remains, head back up to the sign and turn left, following the path just set back from the cliff edge. As it splits into three, take the middle route (there will be a shelter to your right).

 

Continue up a medium incline and at the next fork, turn left through a gate back into Allday’s Fields.

 

These fields were once a golf course, but were presented to the people of Fowey by G James Allday MBE in 1951.

 

Walk along the path through the field, reaching the far corner and take the the trodden path back up the hill to start looking back to the starting point.

 

Keep going through the fields, until you reach the gate at the start of the walk and the road that takes you back to the car park.

 

 

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Posted: 11 months ago

This walk takes you around a restored clay spoil heap and offers panoramic views of the area’s clay tips, surrounding countryside and St Austell Bay. A tale of two halves, one part of the walk serves up the sights and sounds of industry, whilst the other is more peaceful.

 

Distance 1.7 miles

 

Difficulty Moderate. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due to uneven ground and steep hills

 

Parking Two small car parks

 

Great for Dog walking and getting panoramic views

 

Shortly after you turn off the A391 for Caerloggas Downs, you’ll find a car park. Pull up and leave your car here, alternatively you can continue driving up the road to a second car park, for a shorter walk, but we start from the bottom.

 

Make your way up the road, but be mindful that there may be traffic coming in both directions as people access the second car park.

 

Once you’re through the gate – or over the cattle grid – you can choose to go either left, through another gate, or straight on up the road. For the full walk, go through the gate and continue along the narrow path.

 

This stretch can get very wet and muddy after bad weather so wearing sensible walking shoes is advised.

 

As the path widens, look to your left and you will see Stenalees and miles of beautiful countryside ahead. Continue on the path and you’ll soon catch views of the Bay and Gribbin Head.

 

As the path starts to come to an end, turn the natural corner and go up the hill. Once at the top, you’ll reach the second car park. Here, you can take the left hand side path, continue straight ahead or take the path to the right. They all go in the same direction, but give varying lengths of walk.

 

Take the left hand side path and continue forwards, you’ll soon be rewarded with excellent views of the Sky Tip and even better views of the Bay. Continue on and as the path curves, you’ll find yourself in a big, open space. Take time to pause here and enjoy panoramic views of the clay tips and coastline.

 

Follow the natural course of the path and you will begin to loop back towards the starting point. You’ll soon reach the road, continue down this and it will bring you straight back to the lower car park.

 

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Posted: 11 months ago
Bodelva

This circular route is great if you’re looking for a less challenging walk and good walking surfaces. Not only are you surrounded by nature throughout this walk, you're treated to some excellent countryside views.

 

Distance 1.8 miles

 

Difficulty Easy. The route is all off road and mostly on good surfaces, some of which are paved.

 

Parking Ample parking at the Eden Project

 

Great for Countryside views

 

Parking in the Eden Project’s upper car parks - Melon, Cherry, Lemon or Mango - is the best way to start this walk. Go to the hard surfaced path and walk towards Eden’s North gate.

 

Keep an eye out for the giant carved pineapple, once you’ve passed it and gone over a cattle grid, turn left at the Clay Trail Bugle sign. Continue forward on the sand footpath – instead of turning right signposted Buge.

 

This path is well defined and easy to walk along. Follow the route as it progresses, climbing slight inclines and dropping back down. You’ll find yourself surrounded by greenery, making for a delightful walk. You will reach an open area of sand, walk across this area and then take a left at the small boulder and bench, If you carry straight on, you’ll reach Trethurgy.

 

Follow this path through the woods and a gate, before reaching a tarmac surfaced path that crosses a field. Look to your right as you progress along this stretch and enjoy rolling countryside views. On a clear, summer’s day, you’ll also see St Austell Bay shimmering in the sunshine.

 

The path will soon veer right and then left, across a lane. From here, follow the blue Route 2 signs and then the black granite boulder arrows. Don’t go through the next gate, but branch right as indicated by the black arrows.

 

You will soon reach the edge of the Eden site and will come to a bridleway T junction. Turn left here and follow the Eden signs, this will bring you onto a paved path once more and down to the Eden access road. Turn left when you reach the road and follow the route back to your chosen car park.

 

If you want to visit the Eden Project during your walk, simply carry on forward and cross over when you reach the access road.

 

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