5 Walks with Breathtaking Ocean Views

Walks with Breathtaking Ocean Views -Newquay

My husband and I stumbled into Newquay by accident on a road trip. It was one of those gray mornings where the sky and my mood were competing to see which could be more somber.

The town is plastered with postcards boasting bright skies and bluer seas, but as I stepped out with a coffee that was more milk than mocha, the cliffs loomed and the ocean churned beneath them, entirely uninterested in living up to tourist brochure fantasies.

Yet, as I trudged along the coast, the ceaseless crash of the waves and the sheer drop from the coastal paths to the water below began to exert their raw charm. I wasn’t there for heartwarming or uplifting. I needed space, a great deal of it, and Newquay’s sprawling vistas offered just that—uncomplicated and vast, much like the ocean itself.

This list reflects that simplicity: five walks in Newquay where the views are expansive, the cliffs formidable, and the ocean a constant, unsmiling companion. Perfect for clearing one’s head or just filling the lungs with salty air. Here they are, for whatever they’re worth.

Porth Joke to West Pentire | Approx. 2 miles round trip

A relatively easy stroll that takes you from the unspoiled, secluded beach of Porth Joke to the wildflower-covered headlands of West Pentire.

Porth Joke to West Pentire

Highlights:

  • Spring Wildflowers: The cliffs burst into a vibrant display of colors in spring with poppies, corn marigolds, and sea campion.
  • Wildlife Spotting: Keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, and a variety of birdlife.
  • Secluded Beach: Porth Joke is a lesser-known beach, offering a quiet escape. Best Time to Visit: Late spring to early summer for the best floral displays and wildlife activity.

Towan Headland | Approx. 1.5 miles

This short loop around Towan Headland offers panoramic views over Newquay Bay to the north and Fistral Beach to the south.

Towan Headland

Highlights:

  • Surf Watching: Overlooking Fistral Beach, one of the best surfing beaches in the UK.
  • Historical Features: Pass the historic Huer’s Hut used in the past by huer’s to spot shoals of fish.
  • Coastal Fauna: Look out for marine birds and seals commonly seen from the headland. Best Time to Visit: Year-round, but particularly enchanting at sunset.

Fistral Beach to Crantock Beach | Approx. 2 miles

This walk takes you along the coast from the vibrant Fistral Beach to the quieter, picturesque Crantock Beach.

Fistral Beach to Crantock Beach

Highlights:

  • Gannel Estuary: Enjoy views of the tidal Gannel Estuary which is rich in birdlife and a scenic contrast to the ocean.
  • Beach Cafés: Both Fistral and Crantock offer lovely spots to grab a bite with an ocean view.
  • Sand Dunes and Sea Views: The route is lined with sand dunes that frame the stunning seaside scenery.
  • Best Time to Visit: Accessible at low tide, check tide times to make the most of this walk.

Watergate Bay to Porth Beach | Approx. 3 miles

This exhilarating cliff-top walk offers expansive views of the rugged coastline between Watergate Bay and Porth Beach.

Watergate Bay to Porth Beach

Highlights:

  • Varied Scenery: From wide sandy beaches to rugged cliffs, the changing scenery keeps the walk exciting.
  • Beachside Dining: Watergate Bay features upscale beachside restaurants where you can indulge post-walk.
  • Easy Access: Well-maintained paths suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
  • Best Time to Visit: Year-round, with spectacular storm watching during the winter months.

Bedruthan Steps to Carnewas Point | Approx. 1.5 miles

Arguably the most dramatic of Newquay’s coastal walks, this route features the legendary Bedruthan Steps, massive rock stacks that jut out of the beach.

Bedruthan Steps to Carnewas Point

Highlights:

  • Mythical Landscape: The rock formations are steeped in myth and offer an awe-inspiring sight at low tide.
  • National Trust Café: Finish or start your walk with refreshments at the café with a view over the steps.
  • Photographic Opportunities: The scenery provides perfect material for both budding and experienced photographers.
  • Best Time to Visit: Essential to visit at low tide to fully appreciate the beach and rock formations. Avoid in very wet or windy weather due to slippery paths.

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