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A dramatic and rugged coastline with an abundant variety of wildlife

This spectacular stretch of coastline offers fine views and hidden delights. Heading north from Polzeath discover Pentire Point and The Rumps, views of which inspired First World War poet Lawrence Binyon.

Mining for lead once provided local communities with employment but now the long deserted mine shafts are home to the greater horseshoe bat. It's possible to catch a glimpse of them as they emerge from their roosts deep below the cliffs.

Lundy Bay nestles alongside Epphaven Cove and sits in a secluded valley that thrives with rich flora and fauna. This tranquil spot is perfect for bird watching and is a haven for butterflies and wild flowers. Explore Port Quin and Port Gaverne, both of which were once bustling fishing ports but can now offer you tranquillity and the charm of their preserved historic environment.

Winter walks

Blow the cobwebs away whilst enjoying a 3-mile route - it's an exploration of Pentire Point taking in views of the Rumps as well as Pentireglaze Haven beach. If you're looking for a more gentle stroll, then why not try a 1-mile walk at Lundy Bay?

50 things to do

Pay a visit to the coastline between Polzeath and Port Quin and start ticking off your 50 things to do. You could explore the  footpaths using a map and compass or look out for sea birds, such as guillemots.

Valuable volunteering

Want to meet new people and spend a day out in the fresh air? The local rangers offer a variety of opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. From scrub bashing to beach cleans, we'd love you to join us and help to make a real difference.

Tide times

Plan your trip in advance by checking the tide times. Please note that they are only predictions. It is easy for the tides to take us by surprise so we suggest that you double check what time high tide is before you go exploring.

Where to park

There are National Trust car parks at Port Quin and Lundy Bay, as well as the Lead Mines car park at Pentireglaze, near New Polzeath. The nearest toilet facilities are in Polzeath village.

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