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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Cornwall Walk Map
|Bedruthan Steps||5 miles (8.5 km)||This walk takes you to a stunningly beautiful stretch of Cornish Coast where you will find the Bedruthan Steps. This series of large rocks along the beach are a popular tourist attraction and very photogenic. There are great views towards Carnewas Island and Trescore Islands to enjoy. The area is also covered with attractive wildflowers which attract a variety of butterflies and birds.|
The walk starts from the National Trust Carnewas car park and heads to the coast path. You then pass the Bedruthan Steps said to have been used as stepping stones by the giant Bedruthan. There is a steep staircase down to a lovely secluded beach but be mindful of the changing tides if you take this detour.
The walk continues to Porth Mear where there is a lovely cove with lots of pretty rock pools. You can continue along the coast to Porthcothan where where there is another gorgeous bay and beach. You can also stop for refreshments in the little village.
To return to the car park you can just follow the coast all the way back or take a nice detour at Porth Mear towards Pentire Farm. This section will take you through a pretty valley with streams and attractive countryside.
The Bedruthan Steps are located about 6 miles north of Newquay so you could follow the South West Coast Path to the steps if you would prefer to come on foot.
|Bude Marshes||3 miles (5 km)||This delightful local nature reserve in Bude is a great escape from the busy seaside town centre. You can enjoy a stroll along the Bude canal tow path with views of the River Neet. An off road National Cycle Network route runs along the opposite side.|
Habitats in the reserve include reed bed, wet grassland, woodland and willow carr. You can look out for a variety of birds from the bird hide, while otters can also been seen around the canal and river.
|Camel Trail||18 miles (29 km)||This wonderful riverside trail follows a disused railway line and the River Camel from Padstow to Poley's Bridge.|
You start by Padstow's lovely harbour near the delightful Prideaux Place with its deer park and gardens. You then follow the trail along the Camel estuary to Wadebridge which is an ideal place to stop for refreshments. The path continues towards Bodmin before a pleasant wooded section through Dunmere and Colquite Woods takes you to Hellanbridge. The trail finishes shortly after at Poley's Bridge.
This is a nice easy walk that is also open to cyclists and horse riders.
Please click here for a guide to the trail
|Cape Cornwall||4 miles (7 km)||This stunning coastal walk visits the beautiful Cape Cornwall and the Botallack Mines near St Just. There is a National Trust car park right next to the headland from which this walk starts. You pick up the South West Coast Path and head around Cape Cornwall passing the lovely Priest's Cove and the remains of St Helen's Chapel. There are great views towards the Isles of Scilly and Land's End.|
You continue along the coast to Kenidjack headland where there is an Iron Age Cliff Castle, pretty wildlfowers and rare breed cattle.
The next section follows footpaths along the coast and inland, exploring the fascinating ruins of the Botallack Mines. The mines were worked for tin and copper for over 500 years and include the Wheal Edward engine house and the Crowns engine houses. It's a great place for taking photos of the old ruined mining buildings with the backdrop of the coast and cliffs. You can also stop in the village of Botallack for refreshments before the return leg. This takes you through the countryside past Kenidjack Farm and Boscean, before picking up the coast path to return you to the car park.
The long distance Zennor Churchway and Tinners Way passes the area so you could pick up this trail to further explore the area. The circular walk offers splendid views of the Cornish countryside and coast around St Ives and St Just.
|Cardinham Woods||4 miles (7 km)||This large mixed woodland forest near Bodmin is very popular with walkers and cyclists. There are a number of way-marked walking and cycling routes of varying length and difficulty.|
Walkers can explore the forest on 4 different colour coded trails. For cyclists there are three mountain bike trails. The Bodmin Beast is of moderate difficulty but has enough challenges for experienced mountain bikers. The two other red grade trails are more challenging with steeper descents. Bike hire is available at the start of the routes.
Highlights in the forest include a section along the pretty Cardinham Water and the old Wheal Glynn Mine. There is also the excellent Woods Cafe where you can refresh yourself after your exercise.
|Colliford Lake||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a lovely waterside walk along the shore of this large lake on Bodmin Moor. At over 900 acres it is the largest lake in Cornwall. The walk starts at the parking area at the western end of the lake and follows a waterside trail along the shore. The area is a nature reserve so look out for a wide variety of birdlife on the water and Bodmin ponies around the water.|
|Copper Trail||60 miles (97 km)||Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Bodmin moor on this circular route which takes you on a tour of the historic Cornish Copper mines. |
The Trail begins at Minions village and visits St. Neot, Bodmin, St. Breward, Camelford, Five Lanes and back to Minions.
The first section takes you from Minions and heads towards the delightful village of St Neot, passing the River Fowey and the photogenic Golitha Falls. You continue from St Neot to Bodmin with lovely waterside sections along the River St Neot and past Colliford Lake. Just outside Bodmin there is a peaceful wooded section through Devlock Wood. At Bodmin you join the delightful Camel Trail, following the River Camel to St Breward and onto Camelford. From Camelford you head through Davidstow Moor, passing Crowdy Reservoir, Davidstow Woods and the old WW2 Control Tower. The path continues through Stonaford and Henwood before returning to Minions.
As well as the beautiful countryside scenery you will also pass a series of ancient stone structures including King Doniert's Stones, Hurlers Stone Circle and the Cheesewring Tor near Minions. The walk also visits several historic mines including the Prince of Wales Mine and South Caradon mine.
|Cotehele House||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the beautiful grounds of this Tudor house near Saltash in Cornwall. Outside you will find formally planted terraces, the Valley Garden with medieval stewpond and dovecote, the Upper Garden and two orchards. The River Tamar also runs through the grounds where you can stroll along the pretty Cothele Quay. Here you will find the Discovery Centre where you can find out about the interesting history of the quay. In the 19th century paddle steamers would pass and vessels would stop to load and unload their cargo at Cothele. You can also explore the Tudor house with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. |
The wide estate covers 1300 acres so there is plenty of scope for extending your walk. There are miles of walking paths taking you to woodland, fields, industrial ruins and working farm buildings. Highlights include the Prospect Tower which you can climb for splendid views of of the Calstock Viaduct, Kit Hill and Plymouth Sound. The tiny Chapel-in-the-Wood was used by Richard Edgcumbe to hide from King Richard III's men in 1483.
The Tamar Valley Discovery Trail also runs past Cothele so you could continue you walk along the river too.
Also nearby is the lovely Kit Hill Country Park where you can climb to the hill summit and enjoy fabulous views over the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor.
|Crowdy Reservoir||2 miles (4 km)||This short walk follows a section of the Copper Trail from Crowdy Reservoir to Davidstow Woods on Bodmin Moor. The walk starts from the Crowdy Reservoir car park and follows country lanes past the reservoir to the nearby woods. It's a nice easy short walk with good views across the water to the surrounding countryside. The reservoir and the surrounding Crowdy marsh are also good for birdwatching with gadwall, goldeneye, goosander, mallard, common pochard, shoveler, teal and tufted duck to look out for. You may also see ponies grazing on Davidstow Moor.|
|Fowey Hall Walk||4 miles (6 km)||This popular circular walk in Fowey involves two ferry crossings and lovely waterside sections along Pont Pill and Fowey Quay. Along the way you'll enjoy wonderful views over Fowey Harbour, the River Fowey and the south coast. There's also pretty little quays, Cornish villages and splendid pubs for refreshments.|
The walk starts in Fowey, at the Fowey to Bodinnick Ferry. After catching the ferry to Bodinnick you pick up the footpath and head south to the 'Q' memorial. The route then heads east along the green waters of the tidal river of Pont Pill to the pretty hamlet of Pont. Here you cross a footbridge to the southern side of Pont Pill and head west to Polruan. At Polruan you catch the ferry back to Fowey and finish the walk with a stroll along the quay.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the coast path east and try the popular Looe to Polperro Walk. The walk takes in Talland Bay, the Looe Estuary and Hannafore with great views to Looe Island.
|Glendurgan Garden||1 miles (1.5 km)||These lovely National Trust owned gardens are located near Falmouth in Cornwall. You can stroll through the gardens on well laid out paths taking you to tranquil ponds, pretty streams, orchards, exotic trees and the fabulous cherry laurel maze. You can also wander down to the end of the garden to the delightful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River. There's a lovely secluded beach with gorgeous views of the river and out to sea.|
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the adjacent Trebah Garden where you will find 26 acres of sub-tropical gardens to explore. The South West Coast Path also runs past the site so you could pick up the trail and head north east to Falmouth.
|Godolphin Estate||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy a short walk around the estate surrounding this Grade 1 listed Tudor/Stuart mansion near Helston in Cornwall. The estate has nice public footpaths running from the house to the nearby Godolphin Hill. You can climb the hill and enjoy super views of the surrounding Cornish countryside. On a clear day you can also see the coast and St Michael's Mount. |
On top of the hill you will find gorse, wildflowers and possibly grazing ponies in the summer.
The house also has a number of pretty gardens to explore including a sixteenth century walled privy garden and an orchard.
|Godrevy Head||5 miles (8.5 km)||Explore Godrevy Head and enjoy wonderful views of St Ives Bay and the Cornish coast on this splendid coastal walk. The area is managed by the National Trust so there's good footpaths and facilities along this stretch of coast. Along the way there's pretty beaches, attractive countryside, heathland and a wide variety of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and basking sharks in the water below. |
You can start the walk from the Godrevy National Trust car park off Churchtown Road, near Gwithian Bridge. You then head north along the coast path towards Godrevy Point where there are splendid views towards Godrevy Island and its lighthouse. The path continues along the headland to Navrax Point, passing Kynance Cove on the way. The route then turns south passing the lovely heathland of The Knavocks where you should look out for ponies grazing. The final section passes Castle Giver Cove and Higher Pencobben before finishing at Hell's Mouth where you can watch hundreds of seabirds around the cliffs. There is a cafe at Hell's Mouth where you can rest and take on some refreshment before heading back to the car park on the same path.
You can extend your walk by continuing along the coast path to Portreath. The path passes Reskajeage Downs, Carvannel Downs and Tehidy Country Park. The park is located just a few miles east of Hell's Mouth and contains 250 acres of woodland and lakes. There's nice cycling and walking trails and lots more wildlife to look out for around the lake.
|Golitha Falls||1 miles (1 km)||Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve has woodland walking trails taking you through a steep-sided valley gorge. The River Fowey runs through the gorge with a series of spectacular cascades known as Golitha Falls. The reserve is excellent for interesting flora and fauna with diverse plantlife including bluebells, wildflowers, cow-wheat, bilberry and wavy-hair grass. Look out for wildlife including butterflies, bats and birds such as dipper, nuthatch, treecreeper and buzzard. There is a good size car park at Draynes Bridge from which this walk begins. Golitha Falls is located just a few miles north of Liskeard.|
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Siblyback Lake where you will find a lovely waterside footpath.
|Goss Moor Trail||7 miles (12 km)||This super Cornish trail is suitable for both walkers and cyclists and takes you on a tour of the 480 hectare Goss Moor National Nature Reserve. The heathland includes waterways, marshes and still pools with the Screech Owl Sanctuary providing another highlight.
The route can be accessed easily from St Columb Road Rail Station.
|Great Flat Lode Trail||7 miles (10.5 km)||This is a short, circular off road walk or cycle that circles the historic hilltop site of Carn Brea. The route is one of Cornwall's Mineral Tramway Trails which take you on a tour of the disused mines of the county. You will pass South Wheal Frances and South Crofty mines as you head through some beautiful Cornish countryside.|
Good access points are Camborne or Redruth train stations, or the car park at Treskillard.
If you enjoy this trail you may also be interested in the Mineral Tramways trail which runs from Portreath to Devoran and also visits several historic mine buildings.
|Hayle Estuary||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle around the beautiful Hayle Estuary RSPB reserve in Cornwall. A section of the South West Coast Path runs along the estuary from Hayle Harbour to Lelant. There's tremendous views of Porth Kidney Sands and a visit to Griggs Quay to enjoy.|
The route starts in Hayle near to the train station and harbour. You soon come to the delightful Carnsew Pool where there is a circular walking trail around the water. You continue towards Lelant Water and RSPB Ryan's Field. Here you will find a lagoon with little islands where you can look out for a variety of birds.
The next section takes you past Griggs Quay to Lelant where you have the option of continuing to Porth Kidney Sands.
The reserve is wonderful for bird watching with 18,000 birds including many wading birds, gulls and terns. Look out for teal, curlew, little egret and oystercatcher as you make your way around this stunning area. In Hayle you can also visit the Copperhouse Pool next to the harbour. There's a path along the Copperhouse Creek where you can get very close to the birds.
National Cycle Network Route 3 passes the site so you can extend your outing by heading south to St Erth along the River Hayle. Walkers can continue west along the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay and St Ives.
|Helman Tor||2 miles (3.5 km)||This circular walk climbs to Helman Tor and then visits the adjacent Breney Common Nature Reserve in Bodmin.|
You can park at the Helman Tor car park just south of the hill to start your walk. It's a short climb from here to the rocky outcrop which stands at a height of 209 m (686 ft). From here there are fabulous views over the surrounding Cornish coutntryside.
After descending from the tor the route then follows the Saints Way long distance trail around Breney Common. The reserve covers over 500 acres with heathland, grassland, wetland, woodland and ponds. It's great for widlife with grazing ponies and the rare Orange Tip butterfly to look out for. Various wildfowl can be seen on the open water too.
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Lanhydrock estate where there are miles of cycling and walking trails through woodland and parkland.
You could also continue south along the Saints Way and visit the town of Lostwithiel.
|Idless Woods||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy miles of woodland walking and cycling trails in this beautiful area of mixed woodland near Truro. This circular route starts at the car park at the western end of the forest and takes you around the area on good paths. Features in the forest include an Iron Age hill fort, lots of pretty bluebells in spring and the River Allen which runs past the western end of the forest. The woods are made up of beeches, larches and eucalyptus. It's a great for wildlife too with roe deer, otters and badgers to look out for. |
The woods are are very popular with mountain bikers with numerous off road trails to try.
|Kennall Vale||1 miles (2 km)||This nature reserve near Falmouth has a series of walking trails to follow. The reserve consists of woodland with pretty streams and interesting flora and fauna to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for the pipistrelle bat and a variety of woodland birds. It's a lovely shady spot with the rushing waters of the River Kennall and the sound of the birds in the trees. The area also has an interesting history with the ruins, leats and waterwheel houses of Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works. |
You can start the walk from the little village of Ponsanooth which lies just to the east of the reserve.
To extend your walking in the area then you could visit the nearby Stithians Lake. The country park includes nice cycling and walking trails around a large lake.
|Kit Hill||1 miles (2 km)||This country park in Cornwall covers 400 acres with miles of good footpaths to try.
The park was given to the people of Cornwall in 1985 by Prince Charles to mark the birth of his son Prince William.
You can climb to the
334 m (1,096 ft) Kit Hill summit and enjoy wonderful views over the Tamar Valley AONB, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. At the top of the hill you'll find an artificial fort and a folly built built in the style of a low-walled Saxon castle. There's also a number of viewing tables which highlight features of the surrounding countryside you can see from the summit. |
The area is great for wildlife with buzzards, sparrowhawks, deer and various butterflies to look out for. Attractive vegetation includes heathers, gorses, grasses and bilberry. There's also an interesting mining history with the 19th century Summit Stack a well known landmark.
The park is located just to the north of Callington and has a car park on the eastern side near Monkscross.
To continue your walking in the area you could try the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail and enjoy a waterside walk along the River Tamar. If you head a couple of miles east to Chilsworthy you can pick up the trail there. Also nearby is the splendid Cotehele House. The Tudor house has nice footpaths taking you around the extensive grounds.
|Land's End Trail||303 miles (488 km)||This terrific trail runs for over 300 miles from Avebury in Wiltshire, through Devon and Somerset to Land's End in Cornwall. |
The walk has been spit into a number of manageable stages as follows
1 Land's End
2 Bosullow Common
3 St. Erth
5 Beacon, Camborne
6 Chiverton Cross
9 Dunmere Bridge
10 St. Breward
11 Jamaica Inn, Bolventor
17 Sampford Courtenay
19 South Molton
22 Bishop's Lydeard
27 Market Lavington
The walk is waymarked with a Yellow chevron for most of the way. The link below includes excellent pdf route guides for each stage.
|Lanhydrock||2 miles (4 km)||This walk takes you to the beautiful Lanhydrock estate from Bodmin Parkway Train Station. You can catch a train from Truro or St Austell to Bodmin Parkway and then follow footpaths to Lanhydrock. It's a nice two mile walk along the River Fowey and through woodland to the National Trust owned Victorian country house. The estate is very special with wonderful architecture and beautiful gardens. There are 1000 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens to explore on a network of good footpaths. Highlights include the magnolia arch by the thatched cottage and beautiful herbaceous borders. You can also visit the magnificent house and explore the kitchen area, servants' quarters and museum. |
Although the whole of this route is designed for walkers cyclists can also enjoy a number of trails in the estate. There are easy, moderate and difficult trails to try. Click here to see a trail map or look at the Open Street Map link below which shows the trails marked in blue just to the north of the car park. You can also hire bikes within the estate.
To continue your walking in the area head a couple of miles south and you can pick up the Saints Way long distance trail. You can then visit Helman Tor and the Breney Common Nature Reserve where you can enjoy fine views over Bodmin Moor and look out for wildlife including Ponies and the rare Orange Top butterfly.
In nearby Bodmin you can pick up the Camel Trail cycling and walking route which will take you along the River Camel on a splendid traffic free path.
The Cornish Way cycle route also passes close to the estate.
|Lizard Point to Kynance Cove||9 miles (14 km)||This circular walk takes you from Lizard Point to Kynance Cove and then visits the Lizard National Nature Reserve and the little village of Cadgwith on the Cornish Coast. There's some truly spectacular coastal scenery with stunning coves, beautiful beaches, turquoise seas and imposing cliffs.|
You start off at the Lizard Point car park and head around Lizard Point, the most southerly place in Britain. It's a beautiful and unique area with interesting geological formations and a variety of flora and fauna.
The walk continues north to Kynance Cove via Crane Ledges and Pentreath Beach. Kynance Cove has spectacular cliffs, stacks, arches and islands of serpentine rock while the beach is considered one the most beautiful in the world. The area is also covered with attractive heathland and a variety of rare coastal plants.
From Kynance Cove you head inland across the Lizard National Nature Reserve and Lizard Downs to Cadgwith. The tiny fishing village is very picturesque with thatched cottages and a pretty stream trickling over the sand and shingle beach. At Cadgwith you pick up the coast path again to take you back to the car park. On this final section you pass interesting geological features such as Whale Rock and the Devil's Frying Pan. The latter was formed from the collapsed roof of a sea cave with a remaining arch of rock.
The walk is also great for wildlife spotting. Look out for grey seals in the water and the Cornish Chough in the air.
The walk can be extended by continuing along the South West Coast Path to Mullion Cove, north of Kynance Cove. The cove is another feature of this lovely section of coast with its pretty harbour and surrounding cliffs.
|Looe Island||1 miles (1 km)||This delightful island of the Cornish coast is well worth a visit. You can catch a boat from East Looe during the summer months and then enjoy a 1km walk around the beautiful little island. It's a fantastic place for wildlife lovers with grey seals, cormorants, shags and oystercatchers to look out for. There's also wildflower meadows which attract different types of butterfly. Keep your eyes peeled for speckled wood, meadow brown and red admiral as you make your way across the meadows.|
The island also includes mix of grassland, scrub, woods and fabulous views back along the Cornish coast.
The South West Coast Path runs through Looe so you could try the Looe to Polperro coastal walk to extend your walking in the area.
|Looe to Polperro||5 miles (8.5 km)||This is a popular walk between these two Cornish coastal villages. It follows the South West Coast Path for just over 5 miles with stunning views all the way. |
The walk starts in East Looe near the tourist information centre. The town has a lovely beach, pier, pretty harbour and picturesque Cornish cottages. After passing through East Looe you cross the bridge over the Looe Estuary into West Looe and follow the coast round to Hannafore (you can see some of this section on the google street view link below). There's great views of Looe Bay and towards the idyllic Looe Island on this section of the walk.
From Hannafore you continue to Talland, passing Samphire Beach and Portnadler Bay. At Talland Bay you will find two nice shingle beaches called Talland Sand and Rotterdam Beach. There is also a church dating from the 15th century and a cafe where you stop for refreshments.
The final section takes you from Talland to Polperro, passing the memorial at Downend Point and Chapel Cliff. The town has a lovely harbour and rows of ancient fishermen's cottages to admire.
To extend your walking in the area you could continue west along the coast to the lovely town of Fowey. Here you can try the circular Fowey Hall Walk which takes in two ferry crossings and includes waterside sections along Pont Pill and Fowey Quay.
In Looe you can follow the Looe River north west from the town centre to the pretty Kilminorth Woods Nature Reserve. The reserve has an abundance of flora and fauna with primroses, bluebells and dog violets to look out for. Wildlife includes herons, sparrowhawks, peregrines, roe deer and woodpeckers. The woods also have a nice off road cycling trail to try.
Also of interest is the beautiful Looe Island. You can catch a boat from East Looe to the pretty island and enjoy a guided walk. Look out for grey seals and a variety of birdlife on your visit.
|Lost Gardens of Heligan||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a stroll around these stunning botanical gardens near Pentewan and Mevagissey in Cornwall. There are 200 acres to explore with Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds and a lush sub-tropical Jungle. |
Highlights include the super woodland walk where you will pass some of the amazing Heligan sculptures including The Giant's Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady. In the jungle section you can cross the long Burmese Rope Bridge over the tranquil ponds then lose yourself in tunnels of towering bamboo. In the pleasure grounds you'll find Maori-carved tree ferns, ancient rhododendron boughs and the delightful Mediterranean Italian Garden. You can also venture into the wider estate where there are wonderful views of the surrounding Cornish countryside. Also look out for a variety of wildlife including insects and butterflies in the wildflower meadow. You can 'virtually' explore the gardens using the google street view link below.
There is parking available at the gardens but if you wanted to walk or cycle to Heligan you could follow the Pentewan Trail from either St Austell or Mevagissey. It's a super off road cycle and walking trail which runs along National Cycle Network Route 3 and passes the eastern side of the gardens.
|Mary Michael Pilgrims Way||275 miles (443 km)||This route begins on the Cornish coast, near Land's end, and passes through Cornwall, Devon and Gloucestershire to finish at Glastonbury. However, the vision is to extend the route to the Norfolk coast in the near future.|
The walk connects many sites associated with spirituality and Christian pilgrimage incuding
Boscawen-Un - Bronze age stone circle near St Buryan in Cornwall possibly used as a meeting place for druids in the Iron Age
St Michaels Mount - magnificent tidal island located off the Mount's Bay coast of Cornwall and the former site of a monastery.
The Hurlers - three late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles located on Bodmin Moor. Probably the best examples of ceremonial circles in the south west.
Glastonbury - a popular destination for pilgrims in the Middle Ages. Here you will find Glastonbury Tor - a Scheduled Ancient Monument
The walk is waymarked with an oak plaque.
|Mineral Tramways Trail||15 miles (24 km)||This is a fabulous, largely traffic free ride or walk, from Portreath to Devoran. It is known as the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast trail taking you on a tour of some of Cornwall's historic mine buildings.|
The path starts on the coast at Portreath and heads through Wheal Rose, Todpool and Bissoe to Devoran. As well as the series of restored mines you will pass the beautiful Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve was a former mine site and has heathland, woodland, ponds and variety of widlife.
|Mount Edgcumbe Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||With 865 acres of parkland, beautiful landscaped Cornish gardens and stunning coastline, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is a fantastic place to visit. |
This circular walk begins at the parking lot, near the Cremyll Ferry which you can catch from Plymouth to the park. The path then joins the coastal path to Raveness Point, passing the beautiful Barn Pool (see video) and the Raven's Cliffs. You continue to Picklecombe Point before returning to the start point through the delightful deer park, passing the magnificent Mount Edgcumbe House on the way.
NB. The route below is designed for walkers but National Cycle Network route 2 runs through the park. Also see the Plymouth to Looe cycle route for a ride through Devon to Cornwall which runs through the park.
|Penrose Estate||7 miles (10.5 km)||This lovely National Trust owned estate near Porthleven has a number of excellent cycling and walking trails around a large coastal lake. |
The Loe or Loe Pool is the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall. It is separated from the sea by a shingle bar. The lake is surrounded by attractive farmland, woodland and coast. It's a great place for a safe family cycle with miles of bridleways around the estate. Walkers can also enjoy miles of woodlands and lakeside trails.
The route starts from the Penrose Hill National Trust car park just to the east of Porthleven. You then follow woodland trails to the nearby town of Helston, passing the River Cober on the way. Helston has a pretty boating lake and nice tea rooms so is a good place to stop for refreshments.
From Helston you turn around and head back towards the lake through the beautiful Loe Valley and Degibna Wood. More woodland and lakeside sections then take you to the shingle beach at Loe Bar and Porthleven Sands where there are lovely coastal views.
After passing along the coast you return to the car park on woodland and waterside paths.
The walk can easily be extending by heading further up the coast to Gunwalloe where there are more pretty beaches and a valley reedbed which attracts a variety of birdlife. You could also head towards Porthleven and enjoy a stroll around the pretty village and harbour.
You can virtually explore the area using the google street view link below!
|Pentewan Trail||7 miles (11 km)||The Pentewan trail is a lovely traffic free cycle and walking path running from St Austell to Mevagissey along National Cycle route 3.|
The trail follows an old railway line and the St Austell River for part of the way and also includes a woodland section through King's Wood. There is also a short detour to the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan which boasts 200 acres of gardens including Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, and a lush sub-tropical Jungle. From Heligan the path descends to the finish point at the lovely harbour at Mevagissey.
Also please note that at King's Wood there is the option of heading to the beach and harbour at Pentewan.
|Porth Reservoir||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Newquay. You'll find a nature trail, bird hides and a visitor centre with information on the area. There's also an impressive dam, boardwalks, and woodland to enjoy. This walk starts at the parking area and takes you around the reservoir on footpaths and country lanes. If you're coming by bike you can reach the reservoir by riding east on National Cylcle Route 32 from Newquay.|
|Prideaux Place||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a peaceful walk around the delightful grounds and deer park surrounding this 16th century house in Padstow, on the Cornish coast. In the grounds you will find an 80 tree lime avenue, a Victorian Formal Garden and pretty woodland paths. In the deer park you can see one of the oldest park herds in the country. From the tea room you can watch them being fed with views across the Camel Estuary.|
Prideaux Place is an Elizabethan manor house still lived in by the Prideaux family. You can tour the house and see exquisite Italian paintings, family portraits, photographs, porcelain and antiques.
The house is located just a few hundred metres from the Camel Estuary at Padstow, so you could continue your walk along the Camel Trail or the Saints Way which both run past the park.
Heading north from Padstow will take you to the lovely Stepper Point and Daymark Tower. This coastal headland has great views of Padstow Bay and lots of interesting rock formations. You can follow the coastal path round to Trevone Bay where there is a nice beach and cafe.
|Rough Tor||2 miles (3 km)||This is a climb to the 1313 ft (400m) summit of Rough Tor on Bodmin Moor. Rough Tor is the second highest point in Cornwall and a popular spot for walkers. |
The walk starts from the car park at the end of Rough Tor Road which leads out of Camelford. You then climb across a wide slope of Access Land on the moor to the striking granite tor. There are super views from the summit over the moor and surrounding countryside. The area has a fascinating Neolithic and Bronze age history with numerous cairns and burial monuments in the vicinity. You can extend your walk easily by visiting the nearby Showery Tor and Brown Willy - the highest point on the moor.
|Saints Way||29 miles (47 km)||This walk takes you across Cornwall from Padstow in the north to Fowey on the south coast. It follows the probable route of early Christian travellers making their way from Ireland to the Continent.|
The route begins by the delightful Padstow Harbour and heads south through Little Petherick, St Breck Downs and Lanivet before joining the Fowey River near Lostwithiel for a lovely waterside stretch that leads to Fowey.
|Seaton Valley Countryside Park||2 miles (3 km)||A short circular ride or walk around the delightful Seaton Valley Countryside Park on the Cornish Coast at Seaton, near Looe.|
The route begins at the parking facilities and takes you on a tour of the park which includes a riverside stretch along the River Seaton, and a coastal stroll by Seaton beach. There is also a sensory garden and a nature reserve with otters, kingfishers, dormice and butterflies.
|Siblyback Lake||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle on the new waterside path around this beautiful lake and country park in Cornwall. The track runs around the perimeter of the lake and is great for families or anyone looking for a nice easy ride. There are also lovely views of Bodmin Moor and the surrounding Cornish countryside. A cafe overlooking the lake is perfect for rest and refreshment after your exercise.|
Siblyback Lake is located just a few miles north of Liskeard.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could visit the splendid Golitha Falls where you will find spectacular waterfalls in a woodland gorge.
|St Ives to Zennor||12 miles (19 km)||This is a popular walk from St Ives to Zennor along the South West Coast Path. It's about a 6 mile walk along the coast path with the option of returning through the countryside. It then becomes a lovely 12 mile circular walk. Most of the path is pretty good but there is some climbing and scrambling required on some sections of the path. There's wonderful coastal scenery with dramatic cliffs rising hundreds of feet above the sea, beautiful beaches and delightful coves.|
You start at St Ives head and then head west passing Porthmeor beach and the Tate Gallery. You then head to Zennor Head passing Hor Point, Pen Enys Point, Carn Naun Point and Gala Rocks. There are also views over to the Carracks, home to a colony of Grey Atlantic Seals. Boat trips to the island are available from St Ives.
When you reach Zennor head you turn away from the coast towards the little village. Here you will find the Church of Saint Senara which dates from the Norman period and the 13th and 15th centuries.
The return leg takes you from Zennor back to St Ives via some beautiful countryside. You'll pass Tremedda and Trevalgan before passing through the outskirts of the town and returning to St Ives Head.
|St Mary's Coast Path - Isles of Scilly||9 miles (14 km)||Follow the beautiful coast path around St Mary's - the largest of the Isles of Scilly. You will pass lovely beaches, picturesque harbours and rocky clifftops as you make your way around the island's perimeter.|
|St Michaels Way||12 miles (19 km)||This fabulous walk runs from Lelant on the north coast of Cornwall to Marazion and the iconic St Michael's mount on the south coast.|
You start in Lelant near St Ives, and head along the coast to Carbis Bay passing the beautiful Porth Kidney Sands on the way. The route then heads inland through the delightful Cornish countryside to Trencrom Hill where you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding areas.
After passing Ludgvan you will soon arrive at the south coast near Penzance where the path turns east, taking you along the coast to the finish point in Marazion. Here you can visit the splendid St Michael's Mount or just enjoy the wonderful views from the coast.
At the end of the route in Lelant you can visit the splendid Hayle Estuary RSPB reserves with thousands of wading birds to lookout for.
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|Stepper Point||6 miles (10 km)||This circular walk on the Cornish coast visits Stepper Point near Padstow. It's a lovely section of the South West Coast Path passing around the headland with great sea views, attractive countryside with lots of flora and fauna, interesting rock formations and nice sandy beaches. |
This walk starts at the car park at Trevone Bay but you can just as easily start from Padstow. Trevone Bay has a popular beach, a good cafe and car park so is a nice place to start your hike to Stepper Point. You can pick up the coastal path north, running past Gunver Head and Longcarrow Cove to Stepper Point. Here you will pass the Daymark Tower which dates from the 19th century. It was used as a navigational aid, designed to guide sailors into the River Camel.
The route then turns south towards Padstow with great views over the Doom Bar at the mouth of the Camel Estuary. You continue along the estuary to St Saviour's Point before coming to Padstow where you can enjoy a stroll through the town and stop for refreshments. You could also visit Prideaux Place where you can enjoy a walk through the attractive grounds and deer park surrounding the 16th century house.
The final section of the walk takes you through the countryside around Trethilick before returning to Trevone Bay.
To extend your walking in the area you can pick up the Camel Trail or Saints Way which both pass Padstow. Continuing west along the South West Coast Path will take you towards Harlyn, Mother Ivy's Bay and Trevose Head.
|Stithians Lake||5 miles (7.5 km)||Enjoy waterside cycling and walking in this country park near Redruth in Cornwall. The route starts at the car park on the eastern side of the lake and runs right alongside the lake for most of the way. There is a short section along country lanes to Penmarth at around the half way point. For walkers the path runs around the whole of the lake but the cycle path runs for a shorter distance to the dam at the north end of the lake.|
The park is great for bird watching with a number of hides to use. There's also a splendid cafe and a watersports centre.
To extend your walking in the area you can visit the lovely Kennall Vale Nature Reserve. Here you'll find nice woodland walking trails along the River Kennal and the ruins of Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works.
|Tamar Estuary||2 miles (2.5 km)||Explore the Tamar Estuary Nature Reserve on this short walk near Saltash. The reserve is located a couple of miles north of Saltash. You can follow a footpath along the estuary from Cargreen to Landulph. Look out for wildlife including avocet, shelduck and large numbers of waders. You can see a great view of the estuary at Cargreen using the google street view link below. It's a lovely spot with lots of sailboats and the Cornish countryside in the background.|
To explore the beautiful Tamar Valley further you can pick up the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail and visit the lovely Lopwell Dam Nature Reserve.
|Tamar Valley Discovery Trail||30 miles (48 km)||This beautiful trail takes you through the Tamar Valley AONB from Tamerton Foliot in Devon to Launceston in Cornwall. You start by heading north towards the Lopwell area of natural beauty where you will cross the River Tavy. You'll pass through the lovely Lopwell Dam Nature Reserve with habitats including mudflats, freshwater marsh, wildflower meadow, scrub-grassland, saltmarsh and semi-natural woodland. |
The route then continues north towards Calstock joining the River Tamar for a splendid waterside stretch through Gunnislake and Luckett. You then leave the river heading through Milton Abbot before crossing the river again at Dunterton and proceeding to the finish at Launceston.
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|Tehidy Country Park||5 miles (7.5 km)||Explore 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes at Tehidy, near Portreath, in Cornwall. There are a number of easy walking and cycling paths running through the park. There is also an abundance of wildlife with swans, geese, rooks, jackdaws, coots, moor hens, grey squirrels, otters, and badgers. |
This circular route begins and ends at the parking area at the eastern end of the park but Camborne rail station is only about 2 miles away so is a good option for cyclists. The path is also very near to the coast at Portreath so the walk can be extended in order to see the delightful coves and beaches in the area.
To continue your walking in this beautiful area you could pick up the South West Coast Path and head to Godrevy Head. The stretch of coast is managed by the National Trust so there are good footpaths and facilities along the way.
|Tintagel||4 miles (6 km)||Explore the pretty village of Tintagel and visit the spectacular coastal castle. The walk starts in the village and then takes you over a bridge to the island where you enter the courtyard through a gate. Here you will find 18 acres to explore with a garden, chapel, tunnel, well and the remains of the Great Hall.
You continue along the beautiful coast path to Lye rock before returning to the start point in the village.|
The area is steeped in Arthurian legend with the walk taking you past King Arthur's Hall in Tintagel village. This historic building contains works of art telling the story of King Arthur and is a popular visitor attraction.
The South West Coast Path runs past the castle so you could continue your walk along this long distance trail towards Boscastle.
|Trebah Garden||1 miles (1.5 km)||Follow over 4 miles of walking paths in these stunning Cornish gardens. There are 26 acres of sub-tropical gardens to explore and a secluded private beach on the banks of the River Helford. Highlights include the stunning Water Garden built around a natural spring that flows downhill through a series of pools, over steep cascades and surrounded with a lush planting scheme. There's also the beautiful Hydrangea Valley leading to the tranquil Mallard Pond with its pretty bridge. The beach is also a delight with views of the River Helford and out to sea. You can enjoy refreshment in the pretty Boathouse Cafe by the beach. |
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the adjacent Glendurgan Garden where you will find more beautiful gardens and a wonderful maze. The South West Coast Path also runs past the site so you could pick up the trail and head north east to Falmouth.
|Trelissick House and Gardens||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the beautiful 300-acre estate of this country house in Cornwall. The estate is located on the estuary of the River Fal with a trail running through woodlands alongside the river. Trelissick also includes 30 acres of elevated garden with exotic plants, flowers and huge towering trees.|
|Trengwainton Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a peaceful stroll around these delightful National Trust owned gardens near Penzance. Well laid out footpaths take you to a series of beautiful walled gardens, tranquil ponds and lawns. Other features include a wonderful collection of magnolias and rhododendrons, woodland trails, pretty streams and a kitchen garden. There are also splendid views of the surrounding farmland and towards the coast with Mount's Bay and The Lizard visible on a clear day.|
You can virtually explore the gardens using the google street view link below!
|Tresco Abbey Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||These beautiful gardens in the Scilly Isles have miles of well laid out footpaths to follow. There's hundreds of exotic plants and flowers from all over the world. The park includes a tropical garden, a pretty lake and views of the sand dunes and beach at Carn Near. There's also the fascinating remains of a Benedictine abbey founded in 964 AD.|
|Trevose Head||3 miles (5 km)||Visit this coastal headland near Padstow and enjoy wonderful views along the length of the north Cornwall coast. There's a car park at the north western end of the headland near to the Trevose Head Lighthouse. From here you can pick up the South West Coast Path to take you past the lighthouse and Dinas Head. The path continues around Mother Ivey's Bay to the little village of Harlyn where there is a nice beach at the pretty Harlyn Bay. The bay is a nice place to stop and watch the surfers before heading back to the car park.|
Features on the walk include the wild asparagus growing at Dinas Head, interesting rock formations on the cliffs and the secluded bathing beach at Mother Ivey's Bay. Look out for wildlife including fulmar, razorbill and guillemot as you make your way around this beautiful headland.
You can extend your walk by continuing east along the coastal path to Stepper Point just north of Padstow. Here you will find the 19th century Daymark Tower and fine views over the Camel Estuary.
|Two Castles Trail||24 miles (38 km)||Follow the Two Castles trail from Devon into Cornwall and enjoy beautiful countryside, woodland and downland. The route starts at Okehampton castle and heads east through Sourton, Stowford, Lewtrenchard and Lifton to Launceston, finishing near Launceston castle. |
Walk highlights include a lovely stretch along the West Okement river and through Okehampton Golf Course at the start, followed by a walk through Meldon Wood and past Meldon Reservoir. Other highlights include a stretch through Borley Wood near Lewtrenchard and the Dingles Steam Village near Stowford.
|Zennor Churchway and Tinners Way||30 miles (48 km)||A circular walk offering splendid views of the Cornish countryside and coast around St Ives and St Just.|
The walk begins at the beautiful resort of St Ives, taking you past the harbour and pier and around St Ives head. The path then climbs through or past Venton Vision, Trowan, Trevalgan, Trevega, Trendrine, Boscubben, Wicca, Lower Tregerthen and Tremedda, mostly at between 350 and 400 feet – before descending to the pretty little village of Zennor.
From Zennor you continue to Higher Porthmeor, Rosemergy and Pendeen on an easy section of the walk which passes farms and the old flour mill at Trewey.
The path then heads from Pendeen towards Cape Cornwall passing the interesting Geevor Mine Museum and the charming Lower Boscaswell village before joining the coast path to Cape Cornwall. The coastal views from here are wonderful with Land's End just four miles away.
At Cape Cornwall you join the Tinners Way and turn back east towards the delightful village of St Just with galleries and tea shops to enjoy. You then cross a series of heather covered commons with various landmarks of historical interest including Tregeseal Stone Circle, Chun Quoit and Castle, and Bosullow Trehyllys iron age settlement.
The path continues through Bosullow Common and onto Towednack, passing the fascinating Nine Maidens stone circle and the Bodrifty Iron Age Village on the way.
The final section takes you from the pretty village of Towdenack and descends to the finish point back at St Ives.