Pentire headland walk

Pentireglaze, New Polzeath, PL27 6QY

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A view of the Rumps, near Polzeath, Cornwall in the spring time © Mike Simmonds

A view of the Rumps, near Polzeath, Cornwall in the spring time

The Rumps at Pentire headland © National Trust

The Rumps at Pentire headland

Polzeath beach with a view of Pentire Point © National Trust

Polzeath beach with a view of Pentire Point

Route overview

Enjoy a walk that takes in the spectacular Pentire Point and the Rumps. On a clear day, this section of the South West Coast Path offers breathtaking views of Stepper Point to the south with Doyden and Tintagel Castle to the north.

Carpets of flowering spring flowers can be enjoyed. Keep your eyes peeled for grey seals and peregrine falcons often seen on this stretch of the North Cornwall coast.

Route details

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Pentire headland walk map A4
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Lead Mines car park, PL27 6QY, grid ref: SW942799

  1. Leave the Lead Mines car park via the path to the right of the information board. You will cross a small field and pick up the coast path via a wooden gate.

    Show/HideCoastal wildlife

    There are a number of wildflowers that can be enjoyed on the cliffs here. You may even spot a grey seal or peregrine falcon that also make this stretch of coast their homes. The Lead Mines car park is built on an old silver-lead mine. Mining started here in the 16th century, coming to an end some 300 years later. The mine is now home to the greater horseshoe bat, one of the largest and rarest of Britain's 17 species of bat. In the UK they are now found only in the South West and western parts of Wales.

    A view of the Rumps, near Polzeath, Cornwall in the spring time © Mike Simmonds
  2. Turn left and follow the coast path for approx. 2 miles until you reach Pentireglaze Haven.

    Show/HideThe Rumps and Pentire Point

    The Rumps headland is the site of an Iron Age hill fort, built before the Roman invasion of Britain in about 200 AD. You can still see the remains today; they can be recognised as the earth mounds across the 'neck'. Pentire Point offers walkers fantastic views across the mouth of the Camel Estuary to Stepper Point, with theTrevose Head lighthouse in the distance. Looking in the other direction, Tintagel Castle can be seen on a clear day.

    The Rumps at Pentire headland © National Trust
  3. As you reach Pentireglaze Haven, the coast path runs just above the beach. Continue to follow the path, then turn left and take the track and then bridleway that leads inland. You will pass through several gates and please be mindful to close them after you as cattle and sheep graze on the fields here. The path follows the edge of two farmed fields and then becomes a track between two hedgerows.

    Show/HidePentireglaze Haven

    Pentireglaze Haven is the small beach that sits adjacent to the main beach at Polzeath. You can rockpool here at low tide. Just be aware of the tides. Lifeguards are on duty during the season on neighbouring Polzeath beach, if you fancy a swim in the sea.

    Polzeath beach with a view of Pentire Point © National Trust
  4. After half a mile you will reach a farm road. Turn left and continue to walk until you reach a T junction. You will pass some farm buildings on your right.

  5. At the T junction turn left and cross the cattle grid. After about 200 metres you will see the Lead Mines car park on your right.

End: Lead Mines car park, grid ref: SW942799

Great British Walk

 © National Trust
  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.4 miles (5.6km)
  • Time: 2 to 3 hours
  • OS Map: Explorer 106
  • Terrain:

    The route follows natural, grassy tracks and coastpaths which can be uneven in places. There are several sections that involve steps and the path can get muddy after heavy rain. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead as the walk passes through grazing areas for sheep and cattle. Be aware of cliff edges and keep children and dogs supervised.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: the route starts just off the South West Coast Path between Polzeath and Port Quin

    By bus: The Western Greyhound 584/595 service passes through Polzeath and the walk can be accessed easily from the village by following the signs to the coast path

    By car: From the B3314 (between Wadebridge and the Port Isaac turn), follow the sign posts in the direction of Polzeath and then New Polzeath. The nearest postcode is PL27 6QY

  • Facilities:

    • National Trust Lead Mines car park, PL27 6QY. Grid ref: SW942799 (free to members)
    • Cycle racks at car park
    • No immediate local public toilet facilities, shops or public houses

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