Situated on the beautiful North Cornwall coast the Beacon Country House Hotel is perfectly situated for walkers of all abilities
Over the past few months we have been exploring some of these walks and have highlighted and captured our journeys below. We can also highly recommend the IWalk Cornwall App which details hundreds of walks in Cornwall and it has the facility to direct you as you go. We have used this app and it is great.
Walk 1 – Wheal Coates and Chapel Porth Circular Walk
A wonderful coastal walk starting at the Beacon Hotel taking the lane behind the hotel and paths across the Beacon towards the coastal path. Turning right and continuing past Wheal Coates famous engine houses and on down towards Chapel Porth Beach. Stop here for a tea, coffee, or world famous ‘Hedgehog Ice Cream’ before heading back up the valley following a woodland path back to the Beacon.
Distance: 4 Miles, Time: Approx 1.5 Hours
Walk 2 – St Agnes to Perranporth Coastal Walk
A wonderful coastal walk starting in the centre of St Agnes, down Stippy Stappy to Travaunance Cover before taking the coastal path to Trevellas and on to Perranporth. Stopping for a bit of lunch before heading back along the coastal path and through the valley of Trevellas past the Blue Hills Tin Mines and back to St Agnes for a well deserved drink at one of the local pubs.
If you wish to shorten the route then you can always just go one way and catch the 87 Bus back from Perranporth to St Agnes.
Distance: 10 Miles, Time: Approx 4 Hours
Walk 3 – Beacon to Portreath Coastal Walk
A wonderful coastal walk starting from the Beacon Hotel down the valley to Chapel Porth before taking the coastal path to Porthtowan and on to Portreath. Stopping for a bit of lunch before heading back along the coastal path and back to Porthtowan and Wheal Charlotte and up through the valley back to the Beacon Hotel for a well deserved cream tea.
Please note there are a number of steep climbs on this walk. If you wish to shorten the route then you can always just go one way and get a taxi back from Portreath.
Distance: 14 Miles, Time: Approx 5 – 6 Hours
Walk 4 – Helford Passage Circular Walk
A lovely circular walk that follows paths and a lane through the mediaeval farmstead of Bosveal to the pretty creekside hamlet of Durgan. From here the walk passes the gate into Glendurgan gardens before once more following the Helford River to Helford Passage. At The Bar, the route turns inland and passes the entrance to Trebah gardens then crosses the top of Porth Navas creek where oysters are still fished as they were in Victorian times. The remainder of the walk is on footpaths across daffodil fields, through woods and on small lanes.
Distance: 6 Miles, Time: Approx 2 – 3 Hours
Walk 5 – Helford and Frenchmans Creek Circular Walk
The walk begins at Helford and after passing through the village follows the valley from Penarvon to a tiny chapel before descending to Frenchman’s Creek. The route follows a path along the length of the creek and to Withan Quay on the other side before reaching Kestle Barton. The final stretch is along the valley through Under Wood.
Distance: 4 Miles, Time: Approx 2 Hours
Walk 6 – St Agnes Beacon Circular Walk
The walk begins at the Beacon Hotel taking the rear lane up onto the lower paths of the Beacon heading towards the coast. Following the paths around the beacon there are some wonderful views of the coastline across from St Ives to Perranporth. Heading back the path takes you to the summit of the Beacon where you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views before heading back down and winding you way back to the hotel.
A nice short walk, great for an after dinner stroll and in the summer some great sunsets can be seen
Distance: 2 Miles, Time: Approx 45 Mins
Walk 7 – Gwenapp Pit & Carn Marth Circular Walk
From Gwennap Church, the walk passes through the woodland along the edge of the Trevince Estate to reach Carharrack and then passes through the area of the Damsel and Cathedral mines to reach Gwennap Pit. The route then circles Carn Marth before climbing to the top via Pennance Mine, Figgy Dowdy’s Well and the ampitheatre. The route returns to Gwennap Church via a coffin path where an inscribed Celtic cross shaft has been re-used as a coffin rest.
A nice circular walk, through woodland and country lanes. Probably not best for dogs as spend a bit of time walking on quiet country lanes.
Distance: 6.5 Miles, Time: Approx 2 Hours