Beautiful Walks in Cornwall
The South West Coastal Path
The South West Coastal Path passes us beyond the beautiful farmland, along the cliffs and beaches with wonderful scenery. It is a real must for those interested in wildlife, no matter the season there is always plenty to see on the 300 mile section of the walk available in Cornwall.
From gentle stretches to more challenging, but worthwhile, highs and lows. The path is described as “walking at its most diverse, most spectacular and most delicious.” Ideal for family outings, some couple time or take a stroll for some solitude and serenity in an increasingly hectic world.
The Sir John Betjeman Walk
There are also both long and short coastal and inland walks around our holiday cottages. The Sir John Betjeman Walk takes in the church where the poet is buried. Ideal if you want something quite flat and gentle, the terrain is sandy grassland and the views are truly life-affirming. You follow the banks of the River Camel and pass by Brea Hill, a Bronze Age site and once Roman encampment, and the tiny, once buried, church of St Enodoc.
Beeny Cliff & Pentargon Falls
Beeny Cliff & Pentargon Falls, a challenging walk that takes in coastal views, a waterfall, the picturesque Boscastle Harbour, a wooded valley and the remote church of St Juliot! This church was closely associated with Thomas Hardy, who was actually the architect who rebuilt the church. It was here he met the sister-in-law of the rector, Emma, who later became his wife. Their romance led to the novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, and to some of his finest poetry.
Glebe Cliff, Tintagel, is a great if you would like an easy walk on the North Coast. Only about 0.2 miles or 0.4 km, this walk is largely flat and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs too. The cliff top view is rather special, and something the whole family can enjoy. Tintagel is of course where you find the ruined castle, legendary of King Arthur, and the most higgly piggly Post Office in Cornwall, preserved by the National Trust.
Pentirely Superb, Polzeath, is a good family walk. Part of the South West Coastal Path, it follows the coast across the two magnificent headlands of the Rumps and Pentire Point and returns to Polzeath. Find prehistoric promontory fort ramparts and volcanic rocks! In the Spring you should be able to spot corn buntings in the hedgerows, and kittiwakes and fulmars nesting on cliffs.
St Mabyn to Pencarrow
St Mabyn to Pencarrow is a nice, easy walk, it lets you explore the country lanes in Cornwall, always fun to wander, exploring the local villages and soaking up the history. You start at the 17th century St Mabyn Inn and take in panoramic views along the way to finish at the historic Pencarrow House. At Pencarrow you can enjoy the colourful gardens, tea room, and truly opulent splendour within the house itself.
Stannon Moor, an easy to moderate walk taking in the Stannon stone circle up on Bodmin Moor. A circlular route that provides beautiful views, you can feel the history! Keep a look out for wildlife as well as wandering ponies and sheep. This part of Cornwall is very dramatic and exposed, changing from one minute to the next, you’ll feel like you are in the pages of a gothic novel!
Boscastle Headlands, a great walk for breathtaking views, more a figure of 8 than a circle. The walk begins at the harbour then crosses fields to reach the coastal path, overlooking Pentargon Waterfall. Everywhere you look you are rewarded with stunning vistas. The route is about 2.9 miles and you can park at Boscastle.
Egloshale to Dinham Bridge
Egloshale to Dinham Bridge, in Wadebridge you can find this wooded circular walk, taking you from the historic Egloshale to Dinham bridge. The walk follows the River Allen through the woods passing an old waterwheel and mill. Then it continues to Dinham Bridge and along the Allen Valley, decked with bluebells and wild garlic in spring, but now a carpet of golden leaves. You pass the remains of the Celtic fortress known as Castle Killibury to complete the circle.
Stepper Point, Padstow, a nice and easy walk. At just 1.5 miles, you get amazing views with little effort – no matter the season. It’s fairly level across farmland peppered with wildlife. The walk takes you to the Day Mark lookout tower and from here you can see all along the Camel Estuary, there are dramatic views at every turn in this beautiful walk. At the start you pass the Padstow Farm Shop – an ideal spot to grab supplies for a picnic. You might even recognise this breath-taking view from the opening scenes of the BBC’s Poldark. Beneath the waves are many a ship, wrecked by the infamous Doom Bar, a strip of sand that has thwarted a great deal of vessels.