The South West Coast Path
Cornwall boasts a 300 mile section of The South West Coast Path and the sheer variety of the Coast Path means that there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys, sheltered estuaries, busy harbours, intimate coves, moorlands and sandy beaches.
Our selection of short walks
Fowey - Creeks and Coves
Pendennis Point, Falmouth to Maenporth
St Ives and Carbis Bay
Sir John Betjeman Walk
Surfing Safari Walk - Newquay
Tintagel - King Aurthur and the slate coast
Looe - Talland & The Giants Hedge
The South West Coast Path ranks alongside New Zealand’s Milford Track, Chile’s Torres del Paine trek and Alaska’s Chilkoot Trail as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring hikes, according to the 'Great Adventures' book published in October 2012 by Lonely Planet.
Described as “walking at its most diverse, most spectacular and most delicious,” the South West Coast Path is the only hike in the UK to make it into the highly respected guide book and one of 12 hikes identified across the globe. For the adventurous, the 630 miles of Coast Path is the walk of a lifetime, taking in breathtaking heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset.
Mark Owen, former National Trail Officer for the South West Coast Path team, comments:
"As anyone who has ever walked the South West Coast Path will attest, this is a truly breathtaking route with some of the finest scenery you will ever see. It is fantastic to have been included in Great Adventures, and especially gratifying to know that the Coast Path is up there with other high-octane hikes such as the Tour du Mont Blanc.”
The SW Coastal Path around Cornwall offers short and accessible walks that you can do with all the family, that can take anywhere between an hour to a full day, or for those seeking adventure a continuous coastal challenge. The perfect backdrop for walkers taking stunning holiday snaps, seeking solitude, or enjoying the fun with friends.