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Walking Port Quin to Port Isaac

Walking Port Quin to Port Isaac
Walking map for Newquay & Padstow

Distance 3.2 miles (5.1 km).

Duration: 2hr

Grid reference SW970805 to SW995808.

OS Explorer Map 106

<< Previous walk: Polzeath to Port Quin

Next walk: Port Isaac to Tregardock >>

Doyden Castle

Park your vehicle at the large Castle Rock Car Park at Port Isaac. From the car park head seaward to pick up the coast path. Bear left heading down towards the harbour. Shortly you enter Canadian Terrace as the coast path joins a narrow road down to the beach and harbour. Pass by the harbour, taking the first right turn up Roscarrock Hill passing toilets. Continue climbing up the tarmac lane to the group of houses above the village. The house named 'Hathaway' is a guest house offering bed and breakfast and could be used as a base for walks in the area. You now have a choice: either to walk along the coastpath proper as far as the picturesque Pine Haven and then turn inland or head up behind the car park to the houses following a footpath sign. We chose the former. Climb up several granite fronted steps to a seat, looking right (east) to see Tregardock, Trebarwith and Tintagel Island arcing away into the distance.

At the wooden Pine Haven signpost ignore the stile to bear left instead walking up the valley floor away from the sea. After about 10 minutes walking beside a stream, the track ends at a slate stile with a wooden footbridge leading over. Take the footbridge and bear right as the narrow path climbs up through trees. At a second stile, cross into a field, the path now levelling out as you proceed along the right hand field boundary. At a pair of wide wooden farm gates bear right down along a wide track as it runs parallel to the coast. Shortly Doyden House and Castle come into view through a gap in the hedge. Amble along the wide slaty track following it as it bears gently left through a pair of wide metal gates.

Kellan Head from Doyden Castle

Port Quin from Doyden Castle

Cross a stile at the next pair of gates keeping to the left field boundary. Cross yet another stile following the narrow path straight ahead down through a field. Meet a white wooden gate with a stile on its left and cross to pass Varley Cottage and Howards Cottage. Join the road passing a public footpath sign stating that you have just walked 2 miles from Port Isaac. Continue heading west along the road noting what appears to be a ruined 'wall' on your right. These are actually the remains of a set of ruined fishermen's cottages. Arrive at Port Quin some 80 minutes after leaving Port Isaac for the second time. Take time out for a picnic on the beach or to explore the rock pools and foreshore - grid reference SW971805. Refreshed follow the coast path sign west up the road initially, before entering the NT property of Doyden over a stile. Return to Port Isaac for your vehicle.

Port Quin

Port Quin at sea level

Carnweather Point looking East

Varley Head

Above Port Isaac

Above Port Isaac Harbour

Above Port Isaac Harbour 2

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Wadebridge, Port Isaac, Polzeath and Camelford.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:


arrowSt Columb Major





Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowPort Isaac





Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Wadebridge, Padstow, Bodmin Moor and Newquay.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowPadstow Museum

	arrowThe Little Theatre, Padstow

	arrowPrideaux Place

	arrowCornish Birds of Prey


	arrowRegal Cinema, Wadebridge


	arrowBig Dunk's Laser Tag Games

	arrowDelabole Slate Quarry


	arrowTintagel Castle

	arrowTintagel Old Post Office




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