Boxing Day pub walks
After the excesses of Christmas Day, a brisk winter walk is a favoured Boxing Day activity - of course, if it passes a pub all the better...‘tis the season to be jolly after all!
Restronguet Creek, nr Mylor – Pandora Inn
If peace and tranquillity are on your wish list for Boxing Day, you’ll the love the seclusion of Restronguet Creek. Start in Mylor Bridge and pick up the footpath which trails the creek and headland around to Restronguet Passage. Prepare to be spoilt by the beautiful views of the Carrick Roads and the Roseland and keep an eye out for the gold post box which celebrates Sir Ben Ainslie’s triumph at the 2012 Olympics having kick started his sailing career at the local sailing club. When you catch a glimpse of the 13th Century Pandora Inn complete with thatched roof and chocolate box looks, there will be no resisting the temptation to stop off before the final stretch.
Bodinnick – Ferryside
Find your sea legs and get the mind matter churning with a walk through the scenic landscape that inspired Cornwall’s much loved author, Daphne du Maurier. Taking in beautiful countryside, wooded creeks and stunning coastal views, the popular Hall Walk starts out in Bodinnick and includes two river crossings – firstly from Polruan to Fowey and then from Fowey back to Bodinnick (C. Toms & Son Ltd passenger ferry operational on Boxing Day). After almost six miles, a drink and bite to eat will be more than justified and where more apt than Bodinnick’s Old Ferry Inn which overlooks ‘Ferryside’, du Maurier’s old family home.
Perranporth – The Watering Hole
Favoured among dog walkers and families alike, Perranporth’s two mile stretch of golden sand is a failsafe option for Boxing Day guaranteed to keep everyone from Granny and Grandpa to buggy bound babies smiling. Low tide offers perfect fuss free stomping ground or for something a little more adventurous scale the steps carved into the cliff side and tread the South West Coast Path for a bird’s eye view of the rolling surf. Whatever your level of adrenaline don’t miss a pit stop in the Watering Hole, a true bar on the beach where salty skinned surfers and a stomach-warming food mingle to create an authentic north coast experience.