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Portscatho & Porthmellin Head

Coastal Walk + Pub Walk + Countryside

Region - Cornwall AONB

County/Area - Cornwall

Author - Philip Halling

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km    Ascent - 650 feet / 197 metres

Time - 3 hours 20 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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Coastal walk from Portscatho to Porthmellin Head using the South West Coast Path. The outward route is easy to follow to the small community of Bohortha. Turning inland the walk follows lanes and bridleways back to the start. The Plume of Feathers by Portscatho harbour is ideal for those wishing to combine the walk with a pub visit.

The walk starts from Portscatho pay and display car park (grid ref. SW876357) which is signed from the main approach to the village. After parking walk towards the sea and turn right along the South West Coast Path (SWCP). Continue ahead to reach the harbour front. The SWCP passes in front of a row of cottages on your right with a good view across the harbour on your left. The view along the coast extends to Nare Head. At the end of the road continue ahead on the coast path.

The route is easy to follow as you head south along a headland which terminates at St Anthony's Head (not visited on this walk). After 1.5 kilometres you reach Greeb Point where the next section of coast comes into view. Continue along the coast path above Towan Beach to Porthmellin Head. From here the path swings west above Porthbeor Beach. About halfway along the beach you reach a bench with adjacent fingerpost pointing inland. Turn right here and continue the short distance to a kissing gate and a lane (grid ref. SW862231).

Turn right along the lane and follow the lane as it bends right at the first junction. Stay on the lane for a further kilometre to descend past the car park for Towan Beach on your left. At the bottom of the hill, pass the path to Towan Beach on your right and after a few metres fork right onto a track initially between hedges. The bridleway crosses typical countryside of the area soon passing through the buildings at Rosteaugue. The bridleway leads into a narrow lane. Pass a caravan site on the right and take the next footpath on the right with adjacent fingerpost initially into a camping area. Continue ahead and at the end of the camping site bear half-left and continue down to the seafront in Portscatho. Turn left and retrace your steps back to the car park.

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