Pentire headland walk
Enjoy a walk that takes in the spectacular Pentire Point and the Rumps. On a clear day, this section of the South West Coast Path offers breathtaking views of Stepper Point to the south with Doyden and Tintagel Castle to the north. Carpets of flowering spring flowers can be enjoyed. Keep your eyes peeled for grey seals and peregrine falcons often seen on this stretch of the North Cornwall coast.
Pentireglaze car park, PL27 6QY
Exit the car park through the courtyard and turn right at the road. Head up the hill and at the junction turn left. Follow the farm road over the cattle grid (or through the gate) and continue on the road until you reach a right turn signed to Lead Mines. Follow this track a short distance until you reach the small car park. Leave via the path to the right of the pay and display machine. You will cross a small field and pick up the coast path through a wooden gate.
There are a number of wildflowers that can be enjoyed on the cliffs here. You may even spot a grey seal or peregrine falcon that also make this stretch of coast their homes. The Lead Mines car park is built on an old silver-lead mine. Mining started here in the 16th century, coming to an end some 300 years later. The mine is now home to the greater horseshoe bat, one of the largest and rarest of Britain's 17 species of bat. In the UK they are now found only in the South West and western parts of Wales.
Turn left and follow the coast path for approx. 2 miles ignoring all signs and routes inland. You will follow the South West Coast Path around the entire headland and eventually find yourself at the beach at New Polzeath (Pentireglaze Haven).
The Rumps and Pentire Point
The Rumps headland is the site of an Iron Age hill fort, built before the Roman invasion of Britain in about 200 AD. You can still see the remains today; they can be recognised as the earth mounds across the 'neck'. Pentire Point offers walkers fantastic views across the mouth of the Camel Estuary to Stepper Point, with theTrevose Head lighthouse in the distance. Looking in the other direction, Tintagel Castle can be seen on a clear day. Pentire is teaming with wildlife to look out and listen for.
As you reach the beach at Pentireglaze Haven (known locally as Baby Bay), the coast path runs just above the beach. Continue to follow the path, then turn left and take the track and then bridleway that leads inland. You will pass through several gates and please be mindful to close them after you as cattle and sheep graze on the fields here. The path follows the right hand edge of two farmed fields and then becomes a track between two hedgerows.
Pentireglaze Haven is the small beach that sits adjacent to the main beach at Polzeath. You can rockpool here at low tide. Just be aware of the tides. Lifeguards are on duty during the season on neighbouring Polzeath beach, if you fancy a swim in the sea.
After half a mile you will reach a road junction with the option to take a footpath to your left (keeping you off the road). Follow the footpath down a gentle slope and across a footbridge. This brings you to the orchard opposite the main Pentire car park. Follow the path ahead that zig zags out of the orchard, cross the road and you'll be back at the car park and welcome facilities.
Pentireglaze car park, PL27 6QY
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