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Cubert wildlife walk, Cornwall


The coastline just south of Newquay is incredibly varied with fantastic displays of arable flora in summer. At West Pentire, see whole fields scarlet with poppies and other rare meadow plants.

A varied walk with lots to see in every season

There's also lots of sandy grassland, rich in wild flowers like cowslip and pyramidal orchid. The dunes behind Holywell Bay are the home for hundreds of different insects and great for bug hunting. This is truly a walk for all seasons… visit in autumn for a privileged view of grey seal pups and winter to find migrant birds in the fields.

A young female grey seal on the beach
Seals are inquisitive and will come close if you remain still National Trust Images / Joe Cornish


Map route for Cubert wildlife walk, Cornwall
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West Pentire car park, grid ref: SW775605


Start at the car park in West Pentire and walk north on a path towards the coast, with wildflower fields on your left in summer.

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A field of corn marigolds
We love the sight of a shimmering field of marigolds National Trust Images / Ross Hoddinott


Take the left at the junction of two paths, then the next right along the edge of a field. At the end of this field take the left-hand path, then the right one, so that you are exactly on the edge of the coast, following it around to the left, away from West Pentire.

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A young female grey seal on the beach
Seals are inquisitive and will come close if you remain still National Trust Images / Joe Cornish


Keep following the coastal path, also looking out for buzzards inland. The shortcut back to the car park is a left-hand path at the point of Porth Joke (sands), which goes back across the fields.

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Have a look at the Iron Age fort on your right then continue following the coast, which loops around the sand dunes of Holywell Beach.

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The path then heads directly inland off the beach. Follow it straight across the junction, then downhill to another four-way junction, taking the left-hand path.


Carry straight on, turning left at the track, then further on keeping right past the disused quarry. Follow the fork forward then take the next small path on the left. Follow the track uphill past another disused quarry on the right and along the fields back to the car park.


West Pentire car park, grid ref: SW775605

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Cubert wildlife walk, Cornwall


This walk has some short steep slopes and steps on the coast path. Beware of cliff edges. Stout footwear is advised. The route just around the West Pentire headland is 1 mile (1.5km).

Cubert wildlife walk, Cornwall

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Cubert wildlife walk, Cornwall

How to get here

Near Newquay, Cornwall
By train

Newquay station, 5.5 miles (9km).

By road

Just south of Newquay off A3075; follow minor road through Crantock to West Pentire and park in car park at end of road (not National Trust).

By foot

On the South West Coast Path.

By bus

On the Newquay-Cubert and Newquay-Crantock-Cubert bus routes, alight half a mile (1km) away from start of walk.

By bicycle

A National Cycle Network route goes around Newquay; see Sustrans website.

Cubert wildlife walk, Cornwall

Facilities and access

  • Pubs in Crantock village, at Pentire Point and at Holywell