Walks of the month: January

Holywell Bay, North Cornwall

One of the benefits of doing a walk along the Coast Path is that you can build up an appetite and make the most of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants found close to the path. Knowing that you will be rewarded with delicious food and drink in cosy and warm surroundings, adds to the special feel of winter walking on Cornwall’s coast.  

We can’t visit all the lovely places to eat and drink around Cornwall’s coast but we’ve chosen three walks here that are bound to hit the mark! Happy Walking!

Penzance to Mousehole – 3.4 miles moderate walking
A one-way walk through the historic quays and docks of Penzance and Newlyn to star-gazy pie country, you’ll find out all about this when you get there! Aim to get to Mousehole’s Old Coastguard Hotel Restaurant for lunch or pop into the Ship Inn for a pint. Afterwards browse through the place Dylan Thomas (he got married in Penzance) called 'the prettiest village in England’ and see if you can spot the Mousehole Cat, then catch the bus back to Penzance. Visit www.travelinesw.com for travel details.

Creeks and Coves - Bodinnick, Polruan and Fowey - 5.8 miles Challenging terrain 
This walk takes in wonderful countryside, wooded creeks and stunning coastal views. There is a wealth of historical and literary interest as well as plenty of opportunities for refreshments. Add two short ferry rides to make a great day out (check the daily timetables for Polruan and Bodinnick), plus Fowey is a great destination to do some window shopping. There's plenty of places to eat with pubs in Bodinnick and Polruan plus a whole host of eateries in Fowey.

Kelsey Head and Holywell Bay – 5.3 miles Moderate Walking 
Featuring a sandy beach, caves and a holy well, this is a relatively gentle stroll in an area particularly important for wildlife. Watch out for seals around The Chick and check out the prehistoric cliff castle on the headland. This walk starts and ends at The Bowgie Inn, the well loved pub at Crantock. On their website you can download printable walking maps for this walk and two others nearby. 

For other walks with pubs and café pit stops please check out the walks pages under the Day Walks section on the South West Coast Path visit: www.southwestcoastpath.com.

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