A Guided Walking Tour in Newquay Cornwall

Join our smuggler and pirate Cruel Coppinger or Black Humphrey and hear his story come to life as we step back in time and explore Newquay and North Coast of Cornwall's vibrant smuggling pirate past as we bring the old Cornish folk stories of the smugglers, pirates and wreckers back from there watery graves.


This fantastic story tour led by a full costume guide who plays the part of pirate a notorious smuggler and wrecker.

Set within Newquay's stunning coastline and starting from Newquay Harbour over from Bootlegger Boat Trips Booking Office. 

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It all started with a family myth, a legend and a curse that has been told to me and my ancestors for many generations, passed down through our family all about the men in our family been Cornish smuggler and pirates and one that lived on his own island and was shunned by our family. My grandmother was told stories as a small girl about her great, great, great grandfather and his pirate ways and his father before him who was supposedly a daring pirate. As I got older I moved away from Cornwall, only to return 20 years later in search of my ancestors history, what I found was clues that set me in search of a real treasure a 200 year old book that finally shed light upon my families ghastly past, a blood line of pirates, smugglers and ship wreckers, this is my story and your experience.


Now you can hear the stories of Newquay's pirates and smugglers as told by the book, it uncovers hidden Blystra, of what today we call Newquay, hear my family story of Black Humphrey the smuggler, wrecker and pirate along with taking in the many sites related to Newquay’s smuggling past.


This is a guided walking tour of Newquay’s hidden smugglers paths, smuggling past and connection to pirates and ship wrecking. Local myths, legends and folklore that's brought to life by a pirate whose bloodline is connected to real pirates and smugglers.



There are many places in Newquay where you can see it's connection to the “Cornish Free Trade” such as old smuggling tunnels, secret coves and small islands, old Inn’s used by Cornwall's smugglers and pirates, you can visit the many beaches and headlands used by wreckers who lured ships into danger and killed all aboard and stole their cargo on your own adventure, but before you go learn and hear of the smugglers and pirates. Cornish pirates often looked on as myths and legends but documents point to Newquay been a den of wreckers, smugglers and pirates alike taking locals as slaves, killing any survivors of a shipwreck to covering a smugglers tracks with cold blooded murder..


Join our pirate and smuggler as we step back in time and explore Newquay’s vibrant nautical past as we bring to life the stories of the Cornish smugglers, pirates and ship wreckers. This fantastic tour led by a full costume guide who plays the part of a smuggler and pirate.


This walking tour discovers these old sites where locals hauled away with horses at the ready to take smuggled contraband inland as far as Jamaica Inn and then on into England, old smugglers cottage with smugglers passageways and untold stories of ghosts, hear about the wreckers that “never” existed and there unscrupulous deeds, find out about local pubs you can visit after the tour with a link to Newquay’s smuggling past.


This tour is a historical theatrical retelling of our local Newquay and Cornish myths and legends that starts down in the historical working harbour at Newquay over from the Bootlegger Boat Trips office, it leads you on sand through our old harbour, up old winding staircases, coastal paths and explores the coastlines hidden smuggling history stopping at each site of interest, taking in breathtaking views as you listen to our guide bring each story to life..



Your tour guide will play the part of either Cruel Coppinger the Cornish Pirate who sailed the Black Prince or Black Humphrey the Newquay Smuggler and Son of a legendary Cornish Pirate, himself a local who lived within old mine workings and was known for ghastly deeds, from ship wrecking to smuggling and piracy. Hear either story on the tours, as you led with pirate humour and tales of high seas crimes!


See the many sights relating to smuggling, pirates and wrecking along with nautical history, walk the smugglers path created by the revenue men to capture the smugglers and spot for pirate ships, stop at the smugglers cove and hear local stories and see the old smuggling cave, stand where the preventy men stood and died, lookout to the bays used for landing to ship wrecks and more!


Discover Newquay's hidden history, see the sites of the Huers hut and learn about ship wrecking, see the coastal path that was created by the costumes officer to thwart piracy and smuggling. Sit at the sites where smugglers lived and worked as the guide brings there stories to life. Look down int o the old landing point that led to a local legend of the smugglers cottage. See an old pub related to smuggling history and so much more!


For ages 6 plus but aimed at adults but fun for all, this tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the sand, steps and coastal paths. We recommend strong sturdy footwear for this mini hike of 0.7 miles in total with regular stops for stories and bringing a beach towel or small blanket so you can sit on the sand or grass during the stories. Leave 2 hours for the tour time and arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts. 

Tour starts in Newquay Harbour and Concludes on the Headland.

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Address: Bootlegger Boat Trips, South Quay Hill,

Newquay TR7 1HR

Price: £10 per adult, under 16's £7 per child, under 4 years FREE.

Cash payment at the tour start, booking is recommended.

Only 25 spaces per tour

Tours run on low tides only, call 07525639943 for daily tours April till September.

+44 (0)7525639943

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