Look out St Agnes (Carn Gowla) walk

Walking trail

This walk takes in Carn Gowla (rock lookout in Cornish). On a clear day you can see a vast coastal landscape. From Mesolithic hunters to Second World War ammunition stores, St Agnes Head is steeped in history; it’s home to rare heathland and important seabird colonies.

View over towards the sea from St Agnes


Map route for look out St Agnes Carn Gowla walk


Car park at St Agnes Head, grid ref: SW702514


From the car park walk along the path, heading north-east and down to the coast path.

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When you reach the coast path turn left and walk in a westerly direction.

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Continue along the coast path underneath the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI).

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After a slight incline you'll reach a network of paths linking to a car park. Take the path towards the car park.


Head in an easterly direction along the path above the NCI lookout. This path then joins a tarmac road.


Continue along the tarmac road with care to the car park you set out from.


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Car park at St Agnes Head, grid ref: SW702514

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A well maintained, but naturally uneven coastal path, which can get muddy after heavy rain. Be aware of cliff edges, unstable cliffs and mine shafts - keep children and dogs supervised. Dogs welcome under close control.

Look out St Agnes (Carn Gowla) walk

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Look out St Agnes (Carn Gowla) walk

How to get here

St Agnes Head, near St Agnes village, Cornwall TR5 0ST
By train

Redruth, 7 miles (11.3km); Truro, 9 miles (14.5km), then bus to St Agnes.

By road

From A30: At Chiverton Cross roundabout, take B3277. At roundabout to St Agnes village, turn left and continue around the beacon for parking at St Agnes Head.

From St Agnes: follow one-way system, turn left at top of British Road, as if going back to A30. At roundabout, past fish shop, turn right and continue around beacon for parking at St Agnes Head. Park in first car park on right as you drive out along military road.

By bus

Service 85, 403 and 583, Perranporth and Truro to St Agnes; 315, Redruth to St Agnes. See the Public Transport in Cornwall website for details.

Look out St Agnes (Carn Gowla) walk

Facilities and access

  • Chapel Porth café
  • Seasonal toilets at Chapel Porth car park
  • Car park at St Agnes Head