Amazing beach walk at Holywell

Walking trail

This walk takes you across the stunning sandy beach of Holywell, before returning through the towering dune system behind. It also offers fantastic views of the Penhale and Kelseys headlands, as well as the twin offshore islands of Carter’s Rocks.

A view across a beautifully rippled sandy beach

Map

Map route for Holywell and Crantock amazing beach walk

Start:

Holywell National Trust car park, grid ref: SW766587

1

From the car park, cross the road and follow the path to the beach.

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2

Wade through the shallow stream if youre feeling adventurous. If not, cross a nearby footbridge to access the dunes.

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3

Keeping left of the dunes, stay on the level part of the beach and follow round to the main beach. You will pass the Surf Life Saving Club building, which was once dressed up for the Bond movie Die Another Day.

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4

Continue along the beach for a few hundred metres before cutting inland up into the dunes where you see some wooden steps.

5

This will take you to the line of the coast path. Follow this wider path, marked with wooden posts, back to the start.

End:

Holywell National Trust car park, grid ref: SW766587

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Amazing beach walk at Holywell

Terrain

The terrain is mostly sandy paths on beach and dunes. This walk isnt suitable for standard pushchairs or wheelchairs. There are many slopes on the dunes.

Amazing beach walk at Holywell

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Amazing beach walk at Holywell

How to get here

Address
Holywell National Trust car park, grid ref: SW766587
By train

Newquay branch line station, 5.7 miles (9.2km) away.

By road

Follow road all the way into Holywell, car park signed on left just before the road ends at Penhale.

By bus

Route 587 from Newquay

Amazing beach walk at Holywell

Facilities and access

  • Parking at Crantock and Holywell car parks
  • Pubs in Crantock village, at Pentire Point and at Holywell
  • Cafés at Holywell
  • Toilets at Crantock beach car park, Crantock village (not National Trust) and Holywell
  • Dogs welcome on both Crantock and Holywell beaches