Walking in Cornwall

Walking in Cornwall is an adventure from start to finish. Explore rugged coastal paths with breathtaking views, embark on countryside trails, discover hidden coves and historic mines, and simply breathe in that fresh sea air.

To be sure you don't miss a thing, our members have curated a number of itineraries for your next walking holiday, or you can even organise a walking tour. Whatever you choose, don't forget your walking boots!

Coastal Walk near Port Isaac
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Walks with a view

From dramatic cliff-top paths that overlook the sparkling sea to meandering trails through lush countryside, Cornwall offers a myriad of scenic routes to explore. Discover hidden gems, immerse yourself in nature, and experience the true essence of this remarkable region through the joy of walking. And don't forget to bring your four-legged friends along for the adventure!

Walks

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Family Friendly Woodland Walks

Cornwall isn't well known for its woodland, trees don't generally like strong winds, and so if you want to explore traditional woodland your best bet is to head to one of the river ...

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Five sunsets and night walks

At dusk wrap up and prepare for stargazing or go on a moonlit night walk. Leave when it’s still light and let your eyes adjust to the dark.

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Five favourite dog walks

Here are five of the best dogs walks in Cornwall as recommended by our friends at South West Coast Path.

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  • The circular walk to Port Quinn along the South West Coast Path and back across the fields is about five miles in length, however it's not the mileage that you need to worry about, it's all the ups and downs and the steps!

    But, it's a fantastic walk and well worth all the climbs. Take refreshments with uyou and make a day of it.

  • The South West Coast Path runs from the Helford Passage towards Falmouth and from the Porthoustock around to Helford on the south side of the estuary. A ferry takes you across.

    There's also a permissive footpath alongside the iconic Frenchman's Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's classic novel.

  • Yes, and it's a lovely walk!

    Park down by the river and after buying an ice cream continue downriver passing underneath the railway viaduct. You will pass old Lime Kilns on your right, a reminder of when Calstock was an important port, lime being brought up from Plymouth to spread on the fields as a fertilizer.

    At Danescombe a path branches off up a valley where there are several mine buildings dating back to the 1800s.

    From Danescombe the path climbs up through the woods, branching right to reach Cotehele House. You can carry on dropping down to Cotehele Quay.

    To the house or the quay is about a mile and a half.

  • Yes you can, the best way is along the South West Coast Path which leaves Hayle and follows the estuary inland past the RSPB nature reserve. It then heads for Lelant before rounding the mouth of the estuary on the west side and heading through Carbis Bay to St Ives.

    Approximately seven miles of easy walking, should take about three hours to complete.

    You can catch a bus back.

  • It's easy to walk from the heart of Kingsand to the heart of Cawsand. A narrow street links the two which is sometimes used by traffic, but most people avoid it as it's probably quicker to use the road that runs behind both villages.

  • You could, but you would have to follow the Camel Trail inland to Wadebridge and then make your way back out along the other side of the estuary to Rock. It's much easier to catch the ferry across from Padstow!!

  • It's about 9 km (5.5 miles) from Wadebridge to Padstow along the Camel Trail. It's flat all the way on a good hard surface. Most people walk it in about two hours, but it can take longer if you stop to take in the fantastic views!

    There are busses back to Wadebridge if you don't fancy the return walk.

  • Dogs are restricted on the designated beaches at the times listed below Cornwall Council enforces restrictions at the following beaches which are all part of a Public Spaces Protection Order. Other privately owned beaches may have their own local restrictions in force.

    Please note: Blue Flag and Seaside Award beaches have longer restrictions due to the requirements of the Award status. In addition there are three protected wildlife areas that are subject to individual restrictions.

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  • Yes, but please keep them on leads during nesting season and also when sheep are lambing. This stretches from March 1st until July 31st.

    Help our farmers and our wildlife.

  • Yes, of course it is! We like to think it is better than Dartmoor, in that it's not so big, easier to navigate over and full of interesting things to see. There's so much history, from prehistoric standing stones to World War Two airfields. And on its south side it is part of Cornwall's World Heritage mining areas.

    It's also very close to both the northa nd south coast of Cornwall if you fancy a change of view.

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