Trevose Head from the bus stop

Walking trail

The magnificent headland of Trevose juts out into the ocean and offers far reaching views, wonderful wildlife and a diverse landscape. All this is accessible by bus (Adventures By Bus - Atlantic Coaster or the Go Cornwall #56) and this circular walk guides you from the bus stop at nearby Harlyn.


Trevose Head Kernow bus trail map


Harlyn beach bus stop


From the bus stop follow the road towards the sea, over the hump backed bridge and join the South West Coast Path signposted to the right. The path takes you onto the beach. Walk along the top of the beach, keeping to the left and look for a sign to bring you back onto the cliff top.


Follow the SWCP baring right and keeping the beach to your right. Continue along the path passing through a total of 3 kissing gates until you reach a gap in the wall.


Turn right onto a narrow road and re-join the footpath through another kissing gate to the right of a private residence. Follow the path passing the house on your left. The path bears left and over a style.


Continue along the SWCP around a small headland where there are some benches to enjoy the views, keeping the sea to your right. You will eventually pass through another kissing gate and cross a track leading to the beach from Mother Ivy’s Bay campsite.


Continue along the SWCP following a field corridor until you emerge at the end of an access road. Pick up the footpath again to the left of a white bungalow. This section passes along 3 field boundaries and emerges on the track that leads to the Padstow Lifeboat Station (to the right).


Cross the track and pick up the SWCP again and continue as it tracks the edge of the entire rest of the headland. You’ll pass by the Trevose Head lighthouse (owned by Trinity House) and reach a disused quarry and Dinas Head to explore.


Continue following the coast path – watch out for a huge Round Hole just beyond the quarry. You’ll see Constantine Bay ahead of you. You’ll come to a Cornish hedge just before some private residences. Turn left and follow the footpath inland.


Pass a field which is used as the summer car park (you’ll see an information board to your right). Continue to the end of the track, cross the road and continue along the footpath until it re-joins the SWCP on the Harlyn side of the headland.


You are now back on the section of SWCP that approaches the Life Boat Station. Turn right (keeping the sea to your left) and retrace your steps back to Harlyn.


Harlyn beach bus stop

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Trevose Head from the bus stop


A majority of the trail follows the South West Coast Path, following coast and farmland footpaths. There is moderate terrain along natural, uneven surfaces and can be muddy during wet weather. The route includes slopes, steps and unfenced cliff top. Sturdy footwear is advised. Dogs are welcome under control. Please pay attention to signs on the headland particularly during March to September when there are ground nesting birds. Dog bins are located at the scenic and summer National Trust car parks.

Trevose Head from the bus stop

How to get here

Harlyn beach, nr Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8PD
By road

Follow the B3276 from the direction of Padstow or Newquay and then minor roads signed to Harlyn. Parking is available at Harlyn where the trail starts (not National Trust).

By foot

The route follows the South West Coast Path along the coast between Padstow and Newquay.

By bus

The start and end of the walk is the bus stop at Harlyn, served over the summer by the Adventures By Bus 'Atlantic Coaster' bus route that runs between Newquay and Padstow. Or use the Go Cornwall service #56.

Trevose Head from the bus stop

Facilities and access

  • Toilets (seasonal) at Harlyn and refreshments there also. Seasonal refreshments available at the National Trust summer car park but sorry, no toilets at Trevose Head itself.