Coastal Walking in Cornwall – Porthcurno to Gwennap Head

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Want to see the real England? Then you need to visit Cornwall at least once. If you visit Cornwall then you really should do some coastal walking. The Minack in Cornwall has been on the top of my places to see in Cornwall for years, and it’s on the Porthcurno to Gwennap Head trail.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.
The Minack Theatre in Cornwall

After a quick search online I found this great app called iWalk Cornwall which I downloaded and wanted to try out. The walk gave me was from Porthcurno to Gwennap Head. This took me past The Minack. So I packed my bag and got in my car ready for my adventure.

If you aren’t into apps then I would recommend buying Cornwall Coastal Path book.

Because of parking and convenience, I decided to skip out the first part of the walk and I went straight to The Minack. When you enter the village drive through past the theatre up the hill to the church car park. It will cost you £5 per day to park. Make sure you take cash as there is no machine. Just a friendly person taking the money and offering some local advice. From there walk back to The Minack.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.

It was every bit the magical place I had pictured in my head.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.

My only regret was that I wasn’t able to see it at night, or to be able to watch a performance there. I also had no idea of the history of the theatre. It was a lifelong labour of love, designed and built by Rowena Cade. The history of the theatre is fascinating, read more here, there is an exhibition and short film at the theatre you can view while you are there. I highly recommend it.

From there I fired up my iWalk Cornwall app and began my walk.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.

As soon as I set off I was grateful for the app, it was fantastic. Even will little to no signal it kept me on track. I didn’t feel the need to keep it in my hand as it vibrates when a new instruction comes through. So I was able to keep it in my back pocket, stopping and checking when it vibrated.

The directions were great, easy to follow and had I not had it I don’t think I would have found my way. There were some changes in direction I would have missed were it not for this app.

The views were spectacular and it probably took me an hour longer than it told me it would as I just kept sitting and looking out to sea.

If you are a fan of Poldark then this is a great walk as they did a lot of the filming along this part of the coast.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.

After some time you turn in from the coastline. Although the sea views were no more I think the last bit was the most fun part of this walk so many turns and huge empty fields to run through.

When I saw this corn field I laughed out loud to myself, but I took a breath and ploughed through.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.
The walk took me right through the middle of this field!
The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.
To put into perspective of just how tall the corn was!

On my walk, I think I went through 3 of these fields before finally coming out right by the car part. I even met some fellow walkers in the middle of it.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.

I think this walk was my favourite. Oh, Cornwall how I miss you!

On my way back to Plymouth I decided to make a quick visit to St Michael’s Mount as it was another of Cornwall’s gems I hadn’t yet visited. I knew I didn’t have much time and I wouldn’t actually be able to get out to the Mount but though I could at least see it and take a few nice photos.

The Minack in Cornwall has been on my places to see in Cornwall for years. I decided coastal walking Porthcurno to Gwennap Head was the way to see it.

I just wish I’d had some more time so I could have explored a bit more…One day!

There are so many amazing things to see and do in Cornwall you need more than one day to cover it all. If you are thinking of visiting then take a read of Inspired By Map’s Day Trip Guide to Cornwall for some more inspiration!

Getting There

Plane – You can fly into Newquay Airport

Train – The closest train station is Penzance. From there you can get First Bus 1 or 1A. Do make sure you plan this journey though as transport down in Cornwall isn’t the most reliable (It’s not uncommon to it to be drawn to a halt due to cows or sheep…)

Car – If you are travelling from London I would highly recommend getting the train to Plymouth and then hiring a car. It really is the best way to travel round, Cornwall. Be warned though in Summer weekends are pretty busy on the roads and if you are nervous at driving down a single track country lanes maybe this option isn’t for you! Search the best deals on Skyscanner.

Where To Stay

Start by searching on Skyscanner this also checks booking.com for you. If you don’t find what you are looking for then you should also check Airbnb. You will struggle to find budget accommodation in this area. If you are on a tight budget then I’d recommend Airbnb, get yourself a tent and camp or head to somewhere like Newquay where you can find a hostel.

Places I’d recommend are:

Budget
Get a tent and camp

Mid
The Old Success Inn – It’s a few miles away in Sennen Cove but it’s such a beautiful spot and perfect if you like to surf. These are also a lovely walk from Sennen Cove to Lands End. You would be looking at around £60 per night including breakfast and free Wifi out of season.

High
The Stable Rooms – Offering self-contained apartments also in Sennen with just a 12-minute walk from the beach.

Want to see the real England? Then you need to visit Cornwall at least once. If you visit Cornwall then you really should do some coastal walking. The Minack in Cornwall has been on the top of my places to see in Cornwall for years and it's on the Porthcurno to Gwennap Head trail. I decided coastal walking was the way to see it. Knowing my time living in Devon was coming to an end I decided it was now or never.

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12 Replies to “Coastal Walking in Cornwall – Porthcurno to Gwennap Head”

  1. I am always looking for useful apps and guides for destinations and found this incredibly useful! I would love to visit here for the beautiful sights as well as the experience. I personally would love to camp in my tent here and enjoy a sunrise over the seaside area.

  2. Hi Claire! Beautiful pictures, thank you! Looks so incredibly peaceful. Thank you for the useful information too, I hope I can visit here one day. The Minack theatre looks amazing! I love coastal views, I thought it was funny how the trip took you an hour longer because you kept stopping. That is always the case with me haha We did the Coast drive in California and a 7 hour trip took us almost 12 hours haha

  3. I have forever had a fascination with Cornwall, because apparently many generations back that’s where my English ancestors came from! I am yet to get there, but that coastline looks stunning. I don’t know about this walk though, I wouldn’t want to get in trouble for destroying a farmer’s corn ?

  4. I went to Cornwall every summer for a few consecutive years when I was a child, so some of these pictures were really nostalgic for me! It’s definitely somewhere I’d like to revisit as an adult and take a trip down memory lane, especially with the added Poldark reference! St Michael’s Mount looks amazing too, a lot like the one in France with the same name but in French.

  5. This all looks amazing! I’m totally in love with the idea of that cliff side theatre. It would be amazing at night.

    Cornwall is somewhere that I hear about all the time but sort of always forget that I’d like to go there. I need to get it up higher on my bucket list and do something like your walk. That would be a dream come true for me.

  6. Love the pictures in your blog. The nature in Cornwall looks amazing and I think the app Iwalk Cornwall is a great invention that should be available for other places too. Although I also like having a book for new destinations just in case my phone would not work or something similar.

  7. Great photos! I knew nothing about this area before this post and now I’d really like to go. I love anywhere near or on the water.

  8. Argh, so picturesque. I was pretty keen to get to Cornwall while I lived in the UK, yet somehow never made it. Very sad! Hopefully one day in the future, as it looks so gosh darn pretty out there.

  9. What a fabulous walk around the coast, definitely a perfect way to spend a sunny day.

  10. This looked like such a fun place to visit, and i love using apps for walking tours. Such interesting and historic places!

  11. Brown Gal Trekker says: Reply

    The views of this place look amazing! Love coastal walks where land meets the sea. Good to know there’s a useful up for walking.

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