Happy Hiking 3 / 8 / 2018

Walk the southwest coastal path

There is just so much to do in Cornwall in August, take the Southwest Coastal Path, miles and miles of stunning scenery, fresh air and wild flowers. Its magical! The footpath follows the coast of the Southwest of England, and in Cornwall we have 300 miles to explore. As you drop and climb and wind your way across our fine county you will see everything from sheltered estuaries to dramatic headlands and bustling harbour towns.

Don’t feel you have to take on it all! There are walks tailored for those who love a gentle stroll, a challenging climb and those for whom a watering hole en route is essential.

As well as note worthy vistas you can spot Cornish wildlife too. Our precious bee population love the path, and apparently we actually have some of the rarest bees in the country along our stretch. The Cornish coat of arms features a Chough, a bird that had all but died out but now breading happily once again. There is a good chance of seeing the world’s fastest bird, the Peregrine Falcon and of course this time of year there are plenty of butterflies all a flutter.

The cliffs are alive with wildflowers, the vibrant pinks of Foxgloves, Sea Campion and Thrifts, and  the positively glowing yellow Gorse which is a familiar sight in Cornwall.

When it comes to walks on the North coast you are spoilt for choice! Just a mentioning a few, Stepper Point is about a 1.5 mile walk which is rated easy and accessible, through wildlife rich farmland with stunning views over the Camel estuary.

Known as the Sir John Betjeman Walk (3.7 miles) as the poet laureate chose to spend the end of his life here. A gentle walk stacked with history and a good one if you are walking with a dog as Daymer bay below is dog friendly.

If you want a challenge which richly rewards, look no further than Constantine Bay to Mawgan Porth. Seven miles of turquoise waters, ragged coastline and smugglers caves! If you are lucky you might spot Fulmars, Razorbills and Guillemots as they nest in the cliffs.

There really is something for everyone along our world class coastline.

Image from Visit Cornwall.

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