5 of the best sunset walks in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 14:15 02 September 2019 | UPDATED: 17:06 05 November 2020

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach


The autumn is famed for its beautiful sunsets and the South West Coast Path provides the perfect viewing platform to enjoy the glorious colours reflected in the ocean. Here’s five sunset walks in Cornwall

Godrevy Head

0.6 miles (0.9 km)

This short walk has great views across St Ives Bay, and out to the lighthouse on Godrevy Island just off shore. Children will love the long beach, as well as the island and the lighthouse and the tales of shipwrecks as the sun goes down over the Atlantic Ocean. Surfers gather in the water at sunset while the cliff edges fill with families to watch the sun drop over the ocean for the last time - during the winter months the sun sets over land.

Begin at Godrevy Head Car Park TR27 5ED


3.3 miles (5.3 km)

A high-cliff walk from Gwithian car park, above the lighthouse featured in Virginia Woolf's classic novel and on around The Knavocks. There are spectacular views right around St Ives Bay, with its long sandy beaches backed by the Towans (dunes), and in summer the cliffs are fringed with wildflowers and rowdy with nesting seabirds. Look out for seals at Navax Point, where as many as 70 are sometimes spotted hauled out together on the rocks below.

Begin your walk at Gwithian National Trust car park - TR27 5ED

Newquay and Fistral Beach

4.6 miles (7.4 km)

If you love photography - few spots will satisfy your desire to capture a stunning sunset than Fistral Beach in Newquay. Take your camera bag on this walk and capture the contrasts of the pastoral tranquillity of Crantock with the coastal features of Newquay's vibrant shoreline. People have lived here since prehistoric times, and the walk takes in sites of historical interest on both sides of the River Gannel, which was once a bustling waterway but is now a peaceful saltmarsh, home to wading birds and salt-loving plants. Check the tide times before you leave.

Begin your walk at National Trust Car Park, Crantock - TR8 5RN

Bedruthan Steps

0.7 miles (1.1 km)

Further along the coast is the beguiling Bedruthan Steps. This granite rocks that are dotted across the beach are stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan, according to legend. This spot also offers one of Cornwall's most awe-inspiring sunsets that has to be seen to be believed. The South West Coast Path suggests a short, stimulating trail at one of the most iconic destinations on the North Cornish coast.

Begin your walk at Carnewas National Trust car park PL27 7UW

Perranporth to St Agnes

3.5 miles (5.6 km)

Perranporth is one of the north coast of Cornwall's most popular resorts and links to nearby Portreath and Porthtowan along the coast path all offering cliffside ocean views where the sun will set over the water. The short walk between Perranporth to St Agnes also offers views of the famous engine houses at Wheal Coates, best enjoyed in the golden hour when the brick walls are washed in a warm light before sunset.

Begin your walk at Perranporth Droskyn TR6 0GS

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