Best walks in Cornwall

Posted on 23rd May 2017

Lush green fields, moody moorland and over 290 miles of coastline make Cornwall the perfect place to get back to nature. While you can drive to many beauty spots and attractions, the best way to appreciate the county is on foot.

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We are currently mid-way through National Walking Month and to celebrate, we have put together a list of the best walks in Cornwall.

Coastal Walks in Cornwall

When presented with a 296-mile coast path, the difficulty is not finding a walk, but choosing one. To help you choose, here are some of our favourites.

Porthleven – Lizard Point

14 miles

Along the Lizard peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall is a 14-mile walk that commences in the picturesque fishing village of Porthleven. Weave your way past pretty Cornish cottages before reaching a pebbled beach. From here, the coast path will take you to The Loe – the largest body of fresh water in Cornwall.

In the shadow of the Church Cove Dunes, you find yourself walking through the remote coastal community of Gunwalloe before you head onto Halzephron Cove. Translated to ‘Cliff of Hell’ in Cornish, local legend has it that a freak wave claims the life of someone on Porthleven sands every seven years.

 Cornish coast path

This walk will take you to the most southerly corner of Britain, as you step into Kynance Cove. With arches, stone stacks, towering cliffs and a dramatic view, this is certainly the highlight of the walk, before concluding your journey at Lizard Point.

Perranporth – St Agnes

3.5 miles 

The walk from Perranporth to St Agnes offers some of the finest cliff-top views on our list. The mostly flat path takes you through the rich mining history of the area, with beautiful foliage and birdlife.

For anyone with a dog staying at a coastal cottage in Cornwall, this walk has dog-friendly beaches and pubs offering you stunning vantage points of the northern coast.

At just under four miles, you can either begin your journey at Droskyn Point, or explore Perranporth’s beach with its impressive cliff formations which are sure to inspire the photographer within. Heading west towards the Point, the mining heritage of the area comes into view. Relics of the industry which was the life-blood of the area still stand with an eerie beauty.

Further along the walk you get the chance to explore the interconnecting paths and trails above the cliffs once used by smugglers and pirates, before continuing on to an old war airfield.

You will then head towards Trevallas Cove, a quiet and rugged gem in Cornwall’s crown and onto the steep climb of Blue Hills to St Agnes.

Sennen – Lamorna

11.7 miles

The south of Cornwall is a landscape like few others in the country. Blue seas seem to blend into the sky at the start of this coastal walk which will take you long high cliffs and windswept moors.

Though influenced heavily by a booming tourist market, Land’s End is still a lovely place to start a walk. The rugged coastline can reveal the Isles of Scilly on a clear day as well as The Irish Lady – an offshore islet named after the sole survivor of a wreck that happened there. Local fishermen still claim that they have sighted a woman clinging onto the rocks, despite her dying many years ago.

 Sennen coastal path

As you walk along the headland you may be fortunate enough to catch a sighting of dolphins, seals or even basking sharks. The peaceful Porth Chapel Beach offers an idyllic rest stop and a great photo opportunity.

It continues on along to the famous Minack Theatre – built into the granite cliffs to host summer shows. Further along you will be faced with the 80-ton granite boulder, Logan Rock, perched on the cliffs south of Treen. The climax of the walk takes you through fairy-tale woodland past St Loy and into the picturesque hamlet of Lamorna. 

Walks with a view in Cornwall

Whitsand Battery – Rame Head

2 miles

This short walk is a regularly overlooked by keen ramblers and holidaymakers. Stretching the whole way from Polperro to Maker Heights in the east, the Whitsand Battery to Rame Head walk is a surprisingly challenging trek. But for your effort, you will be rewarded with stunning views.

For any walker seeking points of interest to stop and admire, the bay here has two Napoleonic forts (Palmerston’s Follies) with a number of shacks along the way. Cafes pop up along the route to help you refuel and save you from potentially rushing a naturally beautiful walk. The breathtaking views on offer across Plymouth, the Yealm Estuary and the Mewstone make it well worth the effort.

Rinsey

2.8 miles

Rinsey is a coastal walk occasionally winding inland, depending on which route you take. Explore the area’s rich mining heritage on this spectacular route. The views are unmissable on a visit to Cornwall

Rinsey coastal walk

Three old engine houses hold the esteemed World Heritage status on this route, where rare plants line the paths. Look out to sea to spot Bishop Rock in the Scilly Isles. From the cliffs you may be fortunate enough to see dolphins playing in the bays, while inland, ponies can be found grazing. If you continue on towards Penzance the views of St Michael’s Mount are striking. 

Best pub walks in Cornwall

Blisland – Newton Downs

4.3 miles

The little cluster of granite houses in the village of Blisland gravitate around its namesake pub, the Blisland Inn, and the pretty village green. Situated on the legendary hills of Bodmin Moor, this area is steeped in mystery.

Here you can fully engage with the history and tradition of the people who lived here hundreds of years ago with a comfortable four and a half mile circular walk. Starting at the pub, the route passes a medieval church before reaching Lavethan Valley. Admire the rugged landscape of the Trehudreth Downs and Newton Downs before returning to the pub for a hearty meal and a pint of local ale

St. Keverne – Porthallow

5 miles

Set back from the Lizard coastline, St Keverne is a tight-knit community that as stood for centuries. The village revolves around the square and its two pubs, one of which, The White Hart, is the start and finish to this walk.

A five mile walk takes you through unspoilt woodland and valleys snaking down to the shingle coves on the coast. You begin by taking the footpath from the church which is opposite of the square and head towards Porthoustock. The South West Coast Path leads you over fields and meadows towards Porthallow, with detours coaxing you to Porthkerris.

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The best sights in Cornwall

Posted on 03rd August 2014

Cornwall is a beautiful and stunning county that boasts glorious beaches, dramatic scenery and a number of attractions that pull in millions of holidaymakers every year.

There are a number of Cornwall attractions that just have to be visited during a vacation in the county, but one thing that Cornwall is renowned for is its beautiful sights and scenery.

So if you are staying in one of the great value Cornwall coastal cottages and you and your family are nature lovers in search of some of the best sights in the county, then follow this guide of where to go this summer.

Golitha Falls

If you get out your Cornwall map and search the southeast section of Bodmin Moor you will find the village of St Cleer.

Just over a mile from St Cleer is the beautiful Golitha Falls, which is a collection of booming waterfalls.

The area is renowned by many locals as the prettiest spot on Bodmin Moor, with the area not only home to some beautiful waterfalls, but pretty woodlands as well.

You are able to swim in the waterfall’s pools, but if you have children you should keep a close eye on them as the rocks can get very slippery.

Image Credits: DAVE (flickr.com)

St Michael’s Mount at sunset

Cornwall attractions don’t come much bigger than St Michael’s Mount as it is one of THE places to visit in Cornwall.

If you want to escape the hordes of people that visit St Michael’s Mount during the day, then you should head to the area before sunset.

By doing this on a nice day, you and your family or friends will also get to see the sun set over the waters of Mount’s Bay – a real spectacle that will make you want to come back the next evening.

If the tide is out, you should look to walk across the cobbled causeway that links St Michael’s Mount to the small Cornish town of Marazion.

Image Credits: Wapster (flickr.com)

St Ives beaches

There are plenty of coastal holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall and if you are staying in one of the holiday cottages near St Ives then you just have to visit this seaside resort.

There are plenty of things to do in St Ives, such as visit the Tate St Ives or walk around the town’s cobbled streets, but one of the best pastimes to enjoy is to sit down with a portion of the town’s famous fish and chips, looking out over the St Ives beaches.

One of the best sights in the county is the view when looking out from St Ives at the surrounding coastline and over the town’s beaches – it really is beautiful.

Image Credits: Robert Pittman

 Geevor Tin Mine

The Geevor Tin Mine is one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall as not only does the tin mine, which shutdown in 1990, offer visitors an insight into the life of miners in Cornwall, it also gives visitors great views of the Cornish coastline and countryside.

The image of Geevor Tin Mine in the sunshine with the sea in the background really is just like seeing a postcard of Cornwall.

Image Credits: Ben Sutherland (flickr.com)

Campaign hopes to lure Germans to Cornwall

Posted on 02nd July 2014

A new tourism campaign is hoped to entice more German tourists than ever to visit Cornwall, who are flocking in search of scenery shown in popular TV shows in the country.

The Duchy remains a gem of a holiday destination, and with the beautiful scenery combined with the dramatic coastlines and charming towns & villages, it’s easy to see why so many people look to enjoy coastal cottage breaks in Cornwall throughout the year.

The new campaign aims to harness the interest bought about through the television adaptations of books by Rosamunde Pilcher, shows which have been enjoyed by Germans since the 1980s. It is a joint initiative between Visit Cornwall, Visit England, Newquay Airport and Germanwings – an airline which provides a direct route from Dusseldorf to Newquay. The campaign will run across multiple media platforms in Germany until mid-July.

It is thought that the beautiful scenery described in the books and seen in the TV shows will be a huge lure for German tourists, with chief of tourism Malcolm Bell comparing it to the same effect as that of the Jamaica Inn and Doc Martin.

When speaking about the new campaign, Mr Bell said, “German tourists don’t come here on a Rosamunde Pilcher pilgrimage, they come here to see beautiful fishing villages, a fantastic coastline and gorgeous scenery.”

Image Credit: Graeme Churchard (Flickr.com)