Local Walks

iwalknorthcornwall has lots of walks in the local area, Check their website here for walks near mawgan porth and sun haven valley

Constantine Bay to Mawgan Porth

mawgan porth7.5 miles

This walk incoporates the highlights of the north coast, and allows walkers spectacular views of 5 of our featured dog friendly beaches in Cornwall.

This coastal walk is mostly flat, with only a couple of hills to ascend, but as the 556 bus runs along this route to Padstow, you can lengthen or shorten the walk as you so desire.

Passing Treyarnon, Porthcothan and Park Head through Bedruthan you are guaranteed astounding views and a high chance of spotting some interesting wildlife, including birds, seals and dolphins off the coast before completing the stretch on Mawgan Porth.

Mawgan Porth to Watergate Bay (circular)

watergate5 mile

Starting in the middle of Mawgan Porth at Sun Haven Valley Holiday Park you will walk cross-country over hills and through wetlands towards the beach of Watergate.

Once you reach the panoramic stretch of goldens sands you then head north, back along the coast path to return to Mawgan Porth. Walkers enjoy the contrast of inland countryside and the rugged coast on this lengthly circular, and resting on either beach with a picnic for a well-deserved break.

Sunhaven Valley to St Mawgan (circular)

st mawgan3 miles

This short walk is the ideal leisurely stroll on a nice afternoon. Taking approximately 1.5 hours to complete it will take you through the picturesque village of St Mawgan, set in the Vale of Lanherne.

A variety of wlidlife awaits, as well as pet friendly pub The Falcon Inn. Visitors also enjoy the suprising but entertaining Japanese Bonsai Gardens in this traditional and quaint Cornish village, before following public footpaths across two fields and back through the valley to return to Sun Haven Valley.

Sun Haven Valley to St Columb Major

trevose5 miles

Passing through the village of St Mawgan walkers follow the scenic footpath at the river's side. This walkway leads through the pretty Carloggan woodland in the Vale of Lanherne, towards the mediaeval town of St Columb Major.

Stops along the way include The Falcon Inn or Traditional Tea Rooms of St Mawgan, and a variety of pubs and shops await your arrival in the town itself.

Interesting landmarks in this walk include the remains of Lawry's Mill, a tucking mill that dates back to before 1659, and the impressive Carnanton Estate.

Circular from Constantine Bay

sunhaven6 miles

The walk starts at Constantine Bay, and follows the coast path North around Trevose Head, passing Booby's Bay and a collapsed cave, before reaching Dinas Head and the lighthouse.

You walk along the coastline through Mother Ivey's Bay and Harlyn Bay. The return route is fairly quick, following lanes back to Constantine.



Sun Haven Valley, Mawgan Porth to Bedruthan Steps

bedruthan steps1 mile

Bedruthan is one of the most isolated and serene locations along the Cornish coastline.

Starting from the camping grounds of Sun Haven Valley Holiday Park in Mawgan Porth, you will walk through the woodland at the bottom of the valley and follow the footpath up to Trenance, bypassing the beachfront itself.

You then walk along the coastal path through Trerathick Point, to the National Trust grounds of Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps.

Exploring the Bedruthan Steps

5 miles

Bedruthan is host to many interesting nooks and crannies over nearly a mile of sand at low tide, and although the staircase leading down to the beach is closed throughout the Winter, walkd along the clifftops affords some incredible, breathtaking views.

The coastal path heads north towards the stunning National Trust landscape at Park Head, past the latent remains of redcliff Castle, an Iron Age fortified settlement.

Further afield

camel trailCamel Trail

Taking its name from the Camel Estuary which runs alongside, the Camel Trail is a disused railway line connecting Wenfordbridge and Padstow.

Nearly 18 miles of traffic-free, surfaced and virtually level trail awaits your exploration either by foot and paws, horseback or bicycle.

The route is almost entirely off-road and split into 3 main sections, and is arguably the most successful recreational multi-use trail in the UK, and passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the South West.


Cardinham Woods

With four marked walking trails and miles of other tracks to explore, Cardinham offers 650 acres of scenic woodland for walkers, cyclists and horseriders.

Visitor can relax after a hard days exploring with a picnic by the river, or cook up a feast on any of the free BBQs available for use.

From sitting in any of the large open spaces and watching the local wildlife in the sunshine, to delving into the shaded woodland, all types of adventure can be found in Cardinham, just up from Bodmin.

Goss Moor

goss moor


The little known expanse of Goss Moor consists of 7 miles of mostly-flat terrain. The trail is surfaced to be suitable for all manners of light travel for all mobilite and is ideal for novice walkers.

Goss Moor is a unique wild and undeveloped environment to explore and enjoy in the National Nature Reserve in the largest surviving remnant of the Mid-Cornwall moors.

It has a rich and interesting history, including as the legendary hunting ground of King Arthur. The large pools that can be found here are the remains of commercial gravel extraction as recently as 1980 and the extensive system of lumps and bumps in the landscape, now acting as a haven for much wildlife, date back to the Bronze Age, as a result of alluvial tin mining.

(photo by Jim Champion)

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor is one of the last great unspoilt areas in the South West and much of its prehistoric and mediaeval past remains untouched to this day.

Dominated by dramatic granite tors, the sweeping expanse of moorland creates a surprising sense of scale and remoteness considering its comparatively small 10 square-mile plane, and is infamous for thrilling walks that can result in the unwary becoming lost among the bogs in swiftly descending clouds and mist.

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, those that explore the moors can be assured of exciting and interesting landscapes including stone stacks, and rock formations.