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 Cornwall Walks
Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Bude Marshes3 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 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 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
Cardinham Woods4 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 Lake4 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 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.
Cotehele House2 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.
Fowey Hall Walk4 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.
Glendurgan Garden1 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.
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.
Idless Woods2 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.
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.
Lanhydrock2 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. You can also hire bikes within the estate.
Lost Gardens of Heligan1 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 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.
Porth Reservoir3 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 Place1 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.
Rough Tor2 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 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.
Siblyback Lake4 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 perimiter 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.
St Mary's Coast Path - Isles of Scilly9 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 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
Stithians Lake5 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.
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.
Tintagel4 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 woards Boscastle.
Trebah Garden1 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 Gardens2 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.
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.

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