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views towards Pentire point and the Rumps
Coast path views of the Rumps at Pentire Point | © National Trust

Lundy Bay and Pentire walk

A circular trail following the South West Coast Path, offering wonderful clifftop views of the Rumps and wider coastline around Pentire headland. Pentire is farmed for wildlife and there are numerous wild flowers and birds to spot or listen out for. The route includes visitor facilities (including toilets and a café) at Pentireglaze so you can enjoy refreshment along the way.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Lundy Bay car park, PL27 6QZ

Step 1

Leave the car park and cross the road with care. Go through the gate opposite and follow the path through the lightly wooded valley.

Step 2

After a 5-minute (1/4 mile) walk there is a footpath off to the left (look out for a fingerpost marking the way) which forms the South West Coast Path. Take this path and continue with the sea to your right.

Step 3

After a moderately steep climb you'll come to a kissing gate at Carnweather Point. Go through the gate and continue along the footpath as it crosses an area of open grassland.

Step 4

Go through a kissing gate and continue along the coast path as it narrows; a fine example of a Cornish hedge is to your left. Ignore the fingerpost that directs walkers left to Pentireglaze. Instead, keep following the footpath straight ahead.

Step 5

Pass through another kissing gate and continue along the coast path, passing a disused quarry to your right.

Step 6

The views open up to take in Polzeath and Padstow Bay to your left. Ahead you'll see the stone wall of a field boundary. To the right end is a kissing gate which you go through. Immediately turn left off the coast path and follow a short path inland that will bring you to the Lead Mines car park. Here you can enjoy views towards Stepper Point with Trevose Head in the distance.

Step 7

Walk along the road that enters the car park, turn left and follow the road towards the cluster of buildings at Pentireglaze. Take care crossing the cattle grid (or use the gate to the left).

Step 8

The road then forks. To the right is the main car park for Pentire headland. Here you'll find toilets, a café, indoor/outdoor seating and an orchard for picnics. When ready to continue, retrace your steps to the fork in the road (turn right) and continue.

Step 9

Leave the road as it bares sharply to the right and follow the farm track straight ahead. Continue through a field gate onto a permissive path. Keep walking to the end of the hedge line, then turn to your right (keeping the hedge on your left) and walk towards the far corner of the field. You'll see a road ahead.

Step 10

At the corner of the field you'll see a kissing gate to your left. Go through it and follow the path that runs parallel to the road.

Step 11

Arrive at a final kissing gate, which brings you out on the road just a few steps from Lundy Bay car park. Please take care when exiting this gate and crossing back across the road.

End point

Lundy Bay car park, PL27 6QZ

Trail map

Lundy Bay and Pentire walk route map
Lundy Bay and Pentire walk route map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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View to the east along the coastline on a sunny summer day at Pentire, Cornwall

Pentire headland walk 

Enjoy a walk that takes in the spectacular Pentire Point and the Rumps. The circular route starts at the main car park at Pentireglaze where there are toilets and a café (check for opening).

DistanceMiles: 3.4 (km: 5.44)
Coast path from Lundy Bay toward The Rumps, Pentire, Cornwall

Lundy Bay walk 

Just a mile or so before you reach New Polzeath, there's a sheltered valley where light woodland and scrub lead to a gem of a rocky bay, with sandy coves at low tide.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
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Discover this circular walk along the clifftops of the South West Coast Path, taking in Lundy Bay, Port Quin and views of Doyden Castle and the Rumps headlands.

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Pentire and Baby Bay circular walk 

Walk through farmland and along the South West Coast Path for clifftop views across Padstow Bay and opportunities to swim, rockpool and spot wildlife. There is a café and toilets by the main car park.

DistanceMiles: 3.2 (km: 5.12)

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Pentire, near Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6QY

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