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The footpath at St Agnes Head
St Agnes Head | © George Taylor

St Agnes Head Lookout Loop

Enjoy a short stretch of the South West Coast Path around St Agnes Head. Here you can wander across one of the largest heaths in Cornwall, hunt for signs of a Second World War army camp, and gaze out to sea to try and spot diving gannets and dolphins. This trail also passes by a National Coastwatch lookout station, where volunteers monitor sea conditions and keep an eye out for ships in distress. It is open year round, and visitors are welcome to pop in for a chat.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

St Agnes Head main car park, grid ref: SW699513

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

You will reach a point where another path curves steeply up to the right, but stay on the path you are on.

Step 4

You walk past another right-hand fork in the path that leads up to the Coastwatch hut. They welcome visitors here when it is open, so pop in 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 Coastwatch hut later via the road.

Step 5

Stay on the coast path. You will reach a waymarker 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.

End point

St Agnes Head main car park, grid ref: SW699513

Trail map

Map of St Agnes Head Lookout Loop, Cornwall
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St Agnes Head, Off Beacon Drive, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0NU

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