Holywell Bay and West Pentire

Walk around West Pentire and Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay is a beautiful dog friendly beach, with wide, golden sands and a lovely little river running down to it, this is a wonderful place to walk,

The beach has become famous as Hendrawna Sands in the BBC’s Poldark series, and has featured in many films before.  There are also great dog friendly pubs in the area, with the Smuggler’s Den nearby. There are steep dunes to walk and play in, and steep cliffs, so take care and put your dog on a lead in these sections. This walk is about six miles and takes two and a half hours.


Start the walk from the car park at West Pentire. From the A3075 between Truro and Newquay follow signs to Crantock and you’ll find this just beyond signs into the dog friendly C-Bay cafe and Bowgie Inn at West Pentire.


West Penitre


Join the coast path just below the car park and follow it to the left, away from West Pentire. Keep following the coast path and you will soon come to Polly Joke beach, a lovely secluded cover with a little stream running into it, where you can very often spot seals playing in the surf.

If you would like to keep the walk short, you can follow the path back inland when you read the bridge over the stream and Polly Joke and this will take you back to West Pentire.

Have a look at the Iron Age fort that you pass, and then continue following the coast, which loops around the sand dunes of Holywell Beach.



When you reach Holywell Bay, with the rather iconic double peaked rock off shore,  the path turns inland. Follow it straight across the junction, then downhill to another four-way junction, taking the left-hand path.

Carry straight on, turning left at the track, then further on keeping right past the disused quarry. Follow the fork forward then take the next small path on the left. Follow the track uphill past another disused quarry on the right and along the fields back to the car park.

Click here for a map and a National Trust guide to the trail. 


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