St Agnes Head Lookout Loop

Walking trail

Enjoy a short stretch of the South West coast path, wander through the heathland, hunt for signs of the old Army camp, and spot diving gannets out near the Bawden Rocks.

The footpath at St Agnes Head


St Agnes Head Lookout Loop walk trail map


St Agnes Head car park, TR5 0ST


Starting with the information sign on your left head straight toward the sea. You will soon see the first way-marker, follow the pink arrow and turn right on to the coast path.


Follow the path, keep the sea on your left, and head toward the white Coast Watch lookout hut. You will see the Bawden Rocks out to sea, also known as Man and his Man, and Cow and Calf.

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You will reach a point where the path curves steeply up to the right, but stay on the path you are on. Enjoy the wide sea views, and on a flat calm day look out for diving gannets and dolphins, they are often spotted by the Coast Watch volunteers.


You walk past another right hand fork in the path that leads up to the Coast Watch hut. They welcome visitors here when it is open, so pop up for a chat, ask them what they have seen, and take a look inside. If you don’t want to detour you will walk back past the Coast Watch hut on your way back along the road.

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Stay on the coast path, enjoy the scenery, look and listen out for singing skylarks and stonechats. You will reach a way-marker with a pink arrow indicating right. This path leads back up to the road that you drove in on. So either loop up or back to follow the road, or turn around and retrace your steps along the coast path.

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St Agnes Head Lookout Loop

How to get here

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

From A30, at Chiverton Cross roundabout, take B3277 for St Agnes. At the roundabout at the entrance to St Agnes village, turn left and follow the road all the way around St Agnes Beacon.  You will pass signs for Chapel Porth and Wheal Coates before reaching the left turn for St Agnes Head.  There are 2 car parks here, this walk begins in the furthest that you reach.


St Agnes Head Lookout Loop

Facilities and access

  • car park