Walking Routes in Cornwall

Select a Region
The Cornish Coast

Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.

You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the county here

Search for a Route: Go



 Cornwall Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Camel Trail18 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 and 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
Copper Trail60 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.
Goss Moor Trail7 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 Trail7 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.
Land's End Trail303 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
4 Leedstown
5 Beacon, Camborne
6 Chiverton Cross
7 Mitchell
8 Tregonetha
9 Dunmere Bridge
10 St. Breward
11 Jamaica Inn, Bolventor
12 Minions
13 Callington
14 Tavistock
15 Lydford
16 Belstone
17 Sampford Courtenay
18 Chulmleigh
19 South Molton
20 Dulverton
21 Wiveliscombe
22 Bishop’s Lydeard
23 Bridgwater
24 Glastonbury
25 Bruton
26 Warminster
27 Market Lavington
28 Avebury

The walk is waymarked with a Yellow chevron for most of the way. The link below includes excellent pdf route guides for each stage.
Mary Michael Pilgrims Way275 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 Trail15 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 Park3 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.
Pentewan Trail7 miles (11 km)The Pentewan trail is a lovely traffic free cycle and walking path running from St Austell to Mevagissey along NCN 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.
Saints Way29 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 Park2 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.
St Michaels Way12 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.
For more information on this walk please click here
Tamar Valley Discovery Trail30 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. The route 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.
Please click here for more information on this route.
Tehidy Country Park5 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.
Two Castles Trail24 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 Way30 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, Chûn 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.




 Cornwall Walking Links
NameDescription
Visit Cornwall Walking PagesInformation on walking holiday operators
Visit NequayUseful Maps and Guides for the Newquay area

Photos provided by Panoramio. Photos are under the copyright of their owners.



Copyright © 2005-2009 GPS Cycle Routes
Disclaimer