Polruan coast and creek walk

Walking trail

Travelling high above Lantic Bay, with spectacular views over its wide shingle beaches and clear turquoise waters to Gribbin Head, this energetic walk circles the mouth of the Fowey Estuary. It takes in some of Polruan's many historic features before looping around above the tranquil Pont Pill creek to the quay at Pont Pill, returning to the car park via Lanteglos Church.

Looking over tree tops at Polruan


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Pencarrow car park, grid ref: SX149513


From the entrance to the National Trust Lantic Bay car park turn left on the lane and walk to the junction. Picking up the footpath through the field on the opposite side of the road at the top, follow it as it turns left and head towards the coast.


Turn right on the South West Coast Path and carry on along it as it roller-coasters high above Great Lantic Beach. A detour on the path downhill will take you to the beach: it is hard work, but well worth the effort.

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The path reaches its highest point above Blackbottle Rock. Carry on to Polruan, turning left on St Saviour's Hill to pick up the footpath on your left and walk past the Coastwatch lookout and St Saviour's Chapel.

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From the lookout follow South West Coast Path Waymakers and walk downhill to come out on Battery Lane. Follow this to the right, turning right on West Street and continuing along East Street.

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Turn right up the steps signed to Hall Walk and then left on the path at the top, to walk through the woods above the river, ignoring the first path uphill to the right but staying high past the paths dropping to the river.

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On the road turn left, following the sign to Pont and Bodinnick.

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Coming to the sign to Lanteglos Church, turn right towards the church, unless you want a detour downhill to Pont. Again, it is steep but is an interesting diversion. Follow the path to the church.

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Turn left on the road beyond the church and return to the car park.


Lantic Bay car park, grid ref: SX149513

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Polruan coast and creek walk


South West Coast Path, rugged in places, some steep ascent and descent. Woodland paths: may be muddy, and there are some steep flights of steps. Walk can be strenuous at times.

Polruan coast and creek walk

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Polruan coast and creek walk

How to get here

Lantic Bay car park, near Polruan, Cornwall
By train

Looe railway station 9 miles (15km)

By road

On A390 at East Taphouse take B3359 towards Looe and Polperro, turn right at Lanreath drive approx 4 miles (6.4km) and then left towards Polruan at Whitecross Village Hall.

By foot

South West Coast Path from Polperro

By ferry

From Fowey to Bodinnick or Polruan

By bus

From Looe and Polperro 281, check Traveline for more information.

Polruan coast and creek walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Lantvet Bay car park (SX157516)
  • Dogs are welcome under close control as farm livestock may be present
  • Be aware of cliff edges and unstable cliffs - keep children supervised