Walking at Sun Haven Valley
Once you have pitched your tent on the campsite or settled into your caravan, Sun Haven Valley is an ideal spot from which to base your walking and has something to suit everyone.
A mile stroll from us, through the woodland along the Lanherne Valley, and you come to the old Cornish village of St Mawgan. Here you can browse the Japanese Gardens and Bonsai Collection and stop for the best cream teas in the area at the tea room behind the post office - or perhaps lunch in the Falcon inn?
On leaving you can then return to the holiday park on the opposite side of Lanherne valley, or you can continue up the valley for another mile into Carnanton woods, or the more adventurous can strike up the hill & over the farmland to Watergate Bay Here you will find a mile of beach to walk on at low tide, before taking the 2 miles of cliff-top coastal path back to Mawgan Porth
Left: Carnanton Woods
The South West Coastal Path
Whilst you quite probably not walk the full 630 miles of Britains
longest National Trail whilst you are here you can certainly sample
it's clifftop scenery. The bus that stops at the gate into Sun Haven
Country caravan park will take you North towards Padstow and has
several "beachside" stopping points that will give you
varying lengths of walk along the coastal path to return to Sun
Carnewas / Bedruthan Steps is about 2.5 miles from the campsite entrance, Porthcothan 4.5 miles. Constantine Bay 8.0 miles and finally Padstow is 16miles. You can off course break this up into smaller lengths catching the bus back.
Going South the bus will take you to Newquay and after a bus change down to Perranporth which give further 5 mile and 8 miles stretches to try out.
Join the Camel Trail, a disused railway line that runs alongside the River Camel, which has since become a popular walking and cycling route. An easy level route that stretches to Bodmin and Wenfordbridge through Wadebridge. Padstow to Wadebrige (6miles) is the most popular section of the route, and nowadays both towns have a choice of bicycle hire shops - very popular for a family day out.
Bodmin Moor offers an entirely new scale of walking with hundreds of acres to roam. The Moor is subject to sudden weather changes, including heavy rolling mists lending to its mystical image.
Towering stones, mineshafts and miles of hearth to explore, with
a small heritage centre to provide you with information for a completely
different family day out!
Many thanks to www.picturesforwalls.co.uk for the use of their pictures.
PLEASE COME AND ASK - we have other ideas, books
of walks and maps for loan and can print off some walks for you
to follow, such as the one below :-
From Sunhaven across country via the ford to Watergate Bay and back via the Coastal Path and Mawgan Porth
1. Go out of the front gate to Sunhaven Holiday Park, under the main arch and turn right. Walk along the road for 200 metres and turn left down the track just past the Barn at Gluvian Farm, following the sign to the ford at the bottom of the track. There are often buzzards, kestrels or sparrow hawks hunting in the surrounding fields so keep your eyes open.
2. Once over the bridge continue along the track (uphill &
getting steeper by the pace ) and bear right around the house “Tolcarne
Merock” Carry on until you reach the road junction at the
top of the hill, catch your breath and cross the road to the footpath
and across the two fields – or walk around the edge if there
are crops growing. Walking alongside the “Cornish Hedges”
(dry stone walling with turf on top), you should just be able to
see the sea to the right.
Path down to the Ford
3. In the corner of the second field join the road and walk right towards Tregurrian. On the sharp left bend, you can walk down the rather busy main road into Watergate Bay or can take the road to the right which is a quieter road through Watergate Touring Park, and turn left at the T-junction on the main road.
Looking back towards Newquay
4. As you walk down towards Watergate
Bay you will see the Tregurrian Hotel on your left look out for
the sign oin the rigth side of the road showing where the coastal
path joins the road. Mawgan Porth is 2.5 miles away back along it.
Just past the Hotel is the road on the left where you can catch
a 556 bus back to Sunhaven via St Mawgan or stop at the Phoenix
for a drink after the first hours walking. In good weather there
is a “Beach Bar” with ringside seats to watch the kite-surfers.
Those after a bit of indulgence can book breakfast or lunch at the
“Fifteen” restaurant - if that’s not enough choice
you can always try the terrace overlooking the beach in the Watergate
PLEASE NOTE - We provide this information in good faith for your general information but ask that you provide the common sense. Accidents may occur in any activity, and walking hills, moors, paths & clifftops can result in injury and even loss of life. We can obviously not be responsible for the consequences of using any information provided.
Walks may close at certain times of the year and rights of access may have varied since this was written. We personally have encountered broken stiles, footpaths blocked by barbed wire, overgrown by brambles & walks rendered unusable by fallen trees,
Parts of walks may be steep, and conditions underfoot may be wet, muddy, slippery and or loose. Wear suitable clothing and footwear, take a map, compass and mobile phone, but expect to have 'no signal' in many areas. The weather forecast is helpful but local conditions in Cornwall - particularly on clifftops & moors can be very localised for short parts of the day. A squall off the sea can bring in freezing horizontal rain for 20 minutes in what is otherwise a peaceful sunny day. Take note of the likelihood of encounters with water - rivers, streams, lakes, tidal estuaries and the sea. Be wary of planning to cross small streams that may prove to be in torrential flood after a local downpour and be sure NOT to be stranded by an incoming tide. As our local sea is the Atlantic Ocean, conditions are dictated by the weather many hundreds of miles away you should expect the possibility of very large waves at any time.
If walking alone tell someone your route and when you intend to arrive at your destination for that day. Even in peak season you may well find yourself entirely alone, with only the nature and wildlife for company, which is marvellous - unless you need help
In mining areas take particular care. Though the now-ruined engine houses and spoil heaps of old mine workings are so picturesque, they often hide a maze of tunnels and adits, any of which may have opened up due to subsidence.
Follow the country code - Take your litter home. Leave gates as you found them (open or closed). Respect landowners and householders rights to privacy. Keep dogs under control. Please park in car parks not blocking field gates.