A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA12
2 miles circular walk (30 minutes)
A short walk from the town / railway station to the pleasant family-friendly beach and nature reserve of Par, somewhat of a contrast to the incongruous china clay works!
Situated on the south coast of Cornwall just a few miles from St Austell and the Eden Project is the town and beach of Par. The town’s extensive docks were built in the 19th century, where tall clay-drying chimneys belched out huge clouds of white steam. Still used today by Imerys to export china clay, mainly for use in papermaking.
It is no coincidence that Par can be reached by railway, having once been used for the transportation of raw material from the local quarrying and mining industries. To find out more about this fascinating history Wheal Martyn Museum (China Clay Country Park), near St Austell is well worth a visit!
Par can be reached by both rail, which takes approximately 10 minutes from St Austell, or by bus taking the number 25; ‘St Austell to Fowey’ route that will travel via Eastcliffe Road, near the train station in Par.
From the train station turn right onto Eastcliffe Road and follow it past the library to reach a junction, here you need to look for public footpath signs that will lead you all the way down to the beach.
After enjoying day at the beach and for a more scenic return journey, find the boardwalk that is situated in the centre of the beach and follow it until you reach the road. Here turn left and continue forward until you see the huge granite boulder that points to the clay trails (Eden 3.5 miles & St Blazey 1.75 miles.)
This well made path leads you over further board walks to reach a small pine tree woodland. Where the road folks turn right and then immediately left, cross the road to follow the clay trails that will eventually lead you to the train station. There are a couple of spots where it can be a little confusing but try to look out for either a public footpath sign or the blue cycle signs, that will lead through the Par Recreation Ground Track & park.
Keeping the running track on your right as you walk though the park, continue forward until you reach the train station.