• James Balfour

Great Coastal Walks

Set off with the kids and dog in tow on a beautifully scenic and fun coastal walk along the coastal path that can be picked up only a few miles away from Wrinklers Wood.

We started our walk from Chapel Porth beach, which is a small secluded beach near to St Agnes and owned by the National Trust. If you are members the parking is free and there is a small cafe there as well that sells great ice cream.

Set off up the steep path to the cliff top west towards Porthowan and take in the incredible coastal views down to St Ives to the west and back down to Chapel Porth cove to the below. It can get a little windy even in the summer so make sure you wrap up warm. The path to Porthtowan hugs the cliff tops so if you have a dog keep it on the lead as they love to chase birds off the cliff, which sadly happens all too often in the summer months. As you descend into Porthtowan beach keep to the right and drop down a little and you will find an old Victorian walled seawater pool which is great fun for a wild swim (don't forget to pack the towels if you plan to do this). After a bracing dip head down to The Blue Bar situated almost on the beach with superb views over the beach. Watch the surfers ride the waves and perhaps enjoy some lunch from their brassiere style menu with such offerings as Moules, Nachos (meat or bean), Grilled Tuna, Burgers (meat & veg), Fish Tacos to name but a few. We often simply have a bowl of cheesy chips (they are great) and a drink, hot chocolates for the boys, a pint of excellent Lushington's Ale for me and a glass of Pinot Grigio for Alex. It has become our favorite place since we moved here in 2015, due to it's chilled out atmosphere, excellent location and tasty food.

After a pit stop it is time to head back to Chapel Porth and walk off lunch.

This just one of many walks you can do from Wrinklers Wood, and they don't all have to be along the coast or involve driving the car. There is a lovely walk from Wrinklers Wood through a lush wooded valley towards Trevellas Porth passing the Blue Tin Mine on the way. I will write another post about this walk.

We provide detailed route maps on each walk in the accommodations and recommend places to eat and drink along the way.

Enjoy your walk!

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