Holywell Bay - Cubert Common

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From Cornwall's Holywell Bay across fields and Cubert Common to Crantocks beach and back along the coastal path over The Kelseys.

WARNING If you go on the beach at Porth Joke, beware of fast incoming tide.

The exact location of the Holy Well, after which the village is named, has never been definitively agreed. Some say that the well is sited near the 18th tee on the Holywell golf course, other argue that the well nestles in a cave at the right-hand end of the beach, where the rocks have been eroded to give the appearance of a set of steps to reach up to a font.

Through Holywell Bay Holiday Park, look for the plaques by the wayside depicting various animals and birds that may be seen. At Penhale Camp see the fabulous sand-dunes creating their own unique scenery with shades, shadows and colours in the sunlight.

Cubert Common is owned by the National Trust and is a free walking area. There are super views for miles in all directions. The Bowgie Inn at West Pentire has gardens and rooms including a restaurant overlooking Crantock’s lovely beach. 'Bowgie' is the old Cornish word for cow barn, from which the pub originated. All the beaches of Crantock, Porth Joke and Holywell are excellent for surfing.

Porth Joke (known locally as Polly Joke) is considered one of Cornwall's secrets because it is a hidden beach. It is believed that Joke is derived from the same source as 'chough', the crow-like bird now extinct in Cornwall. There are fantastic views as you cross the headlands. See and listen to the surf as it crashes against the many spectacular cliffs and rocks.

England - South West England - Cornwall - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife
6/2/2018 - Roy Davenport

I did this walk on the 15th May and did not find a problem. The entrance to the field is at the left of the gate and the path can be seen going uphill. Do not turn right passed the buildings. In the photo the gate is shown open but when I went it was closed. Roy Davenport

5/30/2018 - Roy Davenport

I did this walk on 15th May 2018 and found no problems the sign is against the wooden gate to the left of the buildings one should not follow the track right past Ellenglaze Roy Davenport

5/28/2018 - Jeremy Fitzherbert

There is an issue just before waymark 3 where we could not find the stile indicated to Trevornick. We continued up the road past Ellenglaze to take the next footpath left towards ‘Sea View’ then NW on the yellow road (with a welcome pavement!) to waymark 4. At 4, looking back along the intended route, there is a footpath sign but a gate appears to be propped across the path. We did report this to the Ramblers Association. Jeremy Fitzherbert May 2018

4/25/2014 - Ian Mapp

Thanks again for another super walk. All week, we have been on the SW Coast Path. Every day, I think I have found the best bit. This really is it! Probably the best walk I have done. Always interesting, but when you hit the views of Crantock Bay, it becomes something special. Some photos at http://mappiman.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/250414-saving-best-till-last.html

10/22/2009 - Adrian Perkins

Message from Roy Davenport "Walked 19/10/09 and all OK". Thanks for this, Roy. Adrian (Admin).

8/2/2009 - Chris Morgan

Fantastic walk. Directions and views brilliant. Boardwalk across the dunes is a little hard to follow, just make it up and your home. Chris & Sue 2/8/09

10/24/2006 - Roy Davenport

Checked October 2006. Building work across path at Holiday Camp. Temporary diversion but clearly marked. RD