Seven National Trust coast and countryside highlights

Bedruthan Steps by Ingrid King

See the best of Cornwall on your holiday including the spectacular clifftop views of the massive rock stacks, the Bedruthan Steps, the picturesque harbour of Boscastle and the ancient estate of Godolphin...

Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps
There are spectacular clifftop views of the massive rock stacks, the Bedruthan Steps, as you walk the South West Coast Path between Carnewas and Park Head, to the north of Newquay. Unfortunatly the stairway down to the beach is closed until further notice.

Boscastle
This picturesque harbour and village on the north Cornish coast nestles in between one of Cornwalls most dramatic stretches of coastline and the woodland and water meadows of the lovely Valency Valley. Paths from the village lead you to coastal and valley walks.

The Godolphin Estate
This ancient estate offers extensive walks with fine views across West Cornwall. More than 400 archaeological features have been recorded on this historic landscape including Bronze Age enclosures.

Godrevy
The coastline from Godrevy to Knavocks Point is a sweep of low cliffs, sheltered coves and sandy beaches. The Godrevy lighthouse is rarely out of sight and you will be unlucky if you don't see a seal or two. From the carpark by the cafe you can walk for miles along the eastern edge of St Ives Bay, or just run down onto the beach and watch the surfers.

The Lizard Point
The Lizard is the most southerly point of mainland Britain. The coastline here offers dramatic cliff walks, masses of rare wild flowers and fascinating geological features going back over 350 million years! Head east towards Housel Bay and Bass Point for an enjoyable circular walk back to Lizard Town. 

Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
The focus of the Estate is Loe Pool, a freshwater lake which meets the sea at a dramatic shingle bank. A circular route leads you around it. Gunwalloe, where two sandy coves lie either side of the 14th-century church, is a haven for birds.

St Anthony Head
St Anthony Head overlooks the spectacular entrance to one of the world's largest natural harbours – Carrick Roads and the Fal estuary. It is the starting point for excellent coastal and sheltered creekside walks.