Five coastal walks to do this spring

Orchids at Pencarrow Head

Five walks with breathtaking views chosen from our friends at The South West Coast Path. Breathe in the freshness of the sea, listen to the waves breaking on the shoreline and take in the panoramic views of outstanding natural beauty along the Cornish coastline.

Boscastle and Pentargon Waterfall (1.7 miles)

Heading east away from the picturesque harbour at Boscastle, the coast path runs between a stone hedge, covered in the lichen, and the open maritime grassland topping the cliffs, home to colourful wild flowers. A brilliant walk in springtime, when the waterfall is especially powerful after the winter's rain.

Rosemullion Head Circular (4 miles)

A circular walk with spectacular views from Rosemullion Head at the entrance to the beautiful Helford estuary, where wild garlic and bluebells grow in abundance along its banks during the spring. There's access to hidden coves and rockpools along the way and you could finish off with an afternoon tea at the Meudon Hotel.

Pencarrow Head and Pont Pill (4 miles)

A mixture of stunning coastline and hidden creeks on this walk across the river from Fowey. Look out for the orchids on the headland in the spring, visit the church where Daphne du Maurier got married and, if you're feeling energetic, take the path down to Lantic Beach. 

Kelsey Head and Holywell (5.3 miles)

Starting at the The Bowgie Inn, this walk takes you out around Pentire Head and Kelsey Head. Inbetween is Poly Joke, a beach originally called in Cornish Porth Lojowek, meaning 'plant-rich cove'. The route passes through a wide range of habitats, the most extensive being the sand dune system and the maritime grassland that backs Holywell Bay.

Lamorna and St Loy (5.6 miles)

From magical Lamorna Cove this walk follows the South West Coast Path to St Loy's where in the spring the stunted oak and sycamore coastal woodland behind the boulder strewn coastline is bright with wildflowers. Going back, the route heads inland up a verdant valley before climbing through ancient fields passing stone crosses and standing stones.

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