Cornwall is a great place to enjoy countryside walks. The contrast between coastal beauty, rugged moorland and peaceful woodlands help to make Cornwall one of the top destinations in the UK for walkers of all abilities.
We’ve chosen some of our favourite places because we feel that they capture the full beauty of both the rugged and coastal beauty of Cornwall.
There’s something for everyone when it comes to walking in Cornwall. It’s not all about steep and rugged cliff tops, there’s an array of flat trails suitable for the less experienced hiker. The natural beauty of Cornwall is also a major plus point, especially when getting out and about on foot allows you to explore areas that you might not have realised existed.
There’s literally hundreds of walking trails dotted around the county but we’ve chosen some of our favourites to combine calm and peaceful estuary views at Rock & Polzeath with a more rugged coastal terrain on the Heritage Coast. To prove that Cornwall’s beauty is not simply by the coast, we also recommend the moorland walks on Bodmin Moor for a change of scenery.
Life in Cornwall is all about the outdoors and that’s why we believe anyone who lives or relocates to Cornwall can enjoy the benefits of fresh air, exercise, panoramic views and amazing cafe’s or restaurants tucked away in the most unsuspecting coves or off the beaten track! It’s a great lifestyle whether it’s the height of a hot summer or a stormy winters day.
Here are a collection of our favourites…
Rock Beach to Polzeath
This is roughly a 10 mile round trip alongside the Camel Estuary and out towards the stunning North Coast sea. You can park in Rock’s newly reconstructed car park and enjoy the walk through the sand dunes with lovely views across to Padstow.
As the estuary mouth widens and reaches the sea, you will notice the imposing Brea Hill in the distance. For the less energetic, you can enjoy the coastal path around the base of the hill but if possible we highly recommend that bit of extra effort to climb to the top of the hill where you will be rewarded with the most stunning of views across the estuary.
Read a full review of our walk from Rock to Polzeath.
Colliford Lake to Jamaica Inn
The magic of Bodmin Moor can be found at Colliford Lake, home to one of Cornwall’s largest reservoirs set in amongst the rugged moorland. With an ample car park located just 4 miles from Bodmin, you can enjoy a circular walk around the lake to take in the far reaching views of Bodmin Moor’s many tors.
From the lake, you can traverse across the moor and in just two miles reach the Jamaica Inn, a journeyman inn that’s steeped in history and as legend has it, home to the ghosts of the past! Made famous by Daphne Du Maurier, Jamaica Inn was once the epicentre of Cornish smuggling.
Read a full review of our walk from Colliford Lake to Jamaica Inn.
Portreath to Gwithian (The Heritage Coast)
Not for the faint hearted, this 12 mile round trip is a demanding walk along the cliff tops of the Heritage Coast’s rugged paths. There are hill’s aplenty but you will be rewarded with some truly amazing views of North West Cornwall. We recommend parking on the hill on the west side of the village of Portreath. There are no parking restrictions and from here, you can descend onto the beach where you will join the coastal path.
The North Cliff’s area will take you along the coastline, past the Tehidy Estate and towards Hell’s Mouth. Before you take in the gravity defying 300 foot drop of these steep cliffs, we recommend settling the stomach with some well deserved refreshments in the Hells Mouth cafe, serving cake’s, ice creams, sandwiches and drinks.
Read a full review of our walk along the Heritage Coast.
Cornwall is one of the best locations in the UK for stunning walks and coastal paths. There’s numerous dedicated walking routes that include the Smugglers Way from Boscastle on the North Coast to the lovely seaside town of Looe on the South Coast.
For the inexperienced hiker, there’s plenty of flat trails such as the Camel Trail and for those who like to get the heart rate up, there’s a range of challenging coastal routes with stunning views wherever you go!
As one of the country’s top culinery destinations, you’re bound to find an array of cafe’s and restaurants to keep you fuelled up along the way!
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