Gribbin Head walk

Walking trail

The countryside to the west of Fowey offers a variety of landscapes, including superb views and many features of historical significance. This coastal walk takes you to beaches, coves, woodlands and grassland rich in wild flowers. Famed for its association with the author Daphne du Maurier, and the setting of many of her books, this area offers breathtaking natural beauty.

Gribbin Daymark tower in the distance


Gribbin Head walk map


National Trust car park at Coombe Farm, grid ref SX110512


Leave the National Trust car park and turn right down a wide track waymarked towards Readymoney. Continue through the field gate at the end of the track following the path that bears left and crosses two grass fields. At the opening of the second field, keep to the boundary on the left hand side, towards the metal kissing gate on the edge of Covington woods. Pass through the gate along the edge of the woodland and down the hill. At the bottom of the steps turn right and follow the path towards Fowey

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At the path junction take the left spur to head towards Readymoney cove or take the right spur to continue up towards St Catherine's Castle. Heading up towards the castle you can take a short diversion on your right up to the Rashleigh Mausoleum. Return to the main path for the castle and to continue the walk.

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During the summer, Readymoney Cove can be reached by a steep path and steps next to the path for the castle.

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Follow the footpath around the edge of the point to rejoin the SW coast path and onto Allday’s field.

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Continue along the coast path through Coombe Haven (also know as Coombe Hawne) and on to Polridmouth.

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Cross the stream at Polridmouth and follow the path around the cove. Turn left and follow the path over the boardwalks and up the hill to the Gribbin daymark.

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From the daymark, follow the path back down to Polridmouth. Cross the stream and take the left-hand path up to Coombe Farm. Follow the path around the edge of the fields, leading to a lane. This lane will take you back to Coombe car park.


National Trust car park at Coombe Farm, grid ref SX110512

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How to get here

Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1HW
By train

Par railway station 3.5 miles (5.6km)

By road

From A390 St Austell road turn onto A3082 Fowey road. Take third exit at roundabout.  Almost immediately turn right into Prickly Post Lane. Follow lane until end and park in National Trust Coombe car park.

By foot

South West Coast Path from Fowey

By bus

First Cornwall service 25, St Austell to Fowey; telephone 0845 600 1420 for details. For public transport information visit Traveline or telephone 0871 200 22 33.

Gribbin Head walk

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