West Pentire


This is another of my favourite walks which sits between Holywell Bay and Crantock beach.  This is a beautiful area of coastline and a fabulous haven for some of the most endangered flowers in the country.    You can get to it by parking at the Bowgie Inn in Crantock, so you can either start or finish with a public house!   From here, you walk  towards Polly Joke which is a lovely little cove. 

Land here is carefully managed as a nature reserve for wildlife and plants and thankfully it is protected.   It has an abundance of stunning wild red poppies which cover the fields with a beautiful coastal backdrop that takes your breath away.  There is a field next to it which is also covered, but not with poppies, it has a stunning yellow expanse of Corn Marigolds.

This is a spectacular place to visit whilst walking the coastal path.   It is one of my favourite places on earth in June when the poppies are out, I love this place.  

There are areas here that are sown with barley which are to encourage the declining species of birds such the corn bunting and also offers shelter for ground nesting birds like the skylark.   I do love to hear them sing when I walk, it is such a beautiful sound.   There are also very rarely seen brown hares up here too and of course you do have to look out for adders which generally will keep out of your way.    

You can walk on from here and head towards Polly Joke which is a lovely little cove.  I have seen seals on the inlet next to this beach before.   If you walk back from here it is probably a 4 mile walk.  If you want to go further, you can carry on the coast path past Polly Joke and head towards Holywell Bay.   There is a nice pub here too called the St. Piran’s Inn so you can have a good rest before your return.   

By Sandy Wallis –   Founder, Trailback