There’s nothing quite like taking a pleasant stroll along the coast breathing in the sea air. In Cornwall there are plenty of opportunities to do just that – would you believe there are 630 miles of stunning pathways across the coast and countryside? You might not be able to fit all these in during one Cornwall trip, so we’ve picked out a few of our favourites for you to try!
Rosemullion Head Circular: 3.9 miles (6.2km)
This circular trail offers beautiful views of Rosemullion Head and the Helford River, as well as possibly discovering a cave or two along the way! This time of year sees the bloom of many springtime wild flowers, including bluebells in the grassland, so this is a perfect walk for flower fans. True fans of flora should stop off at the Carwinion Gardens to view primroses, camellias, rhododendrons and blue anemones. This moderate walk is one for the autumn months as well, perfect for birdwatchers as flocks of seabirds fly overhead along the shore!
Porthgwarra to Porthcurno: 2.8 miles (4.5km)
Travel from England’s most southerly cove along the coast to Porthcurno, then back through the open fields to Porthgwarra. This walk is great for those who want to see some sites and have a quick pit stop along the way – there’s a village pub in Porthcurno – but remember, you do have to make your way back to Porthgwara! See sites such as a holy well of a medieval saint (which is still used for baptisms today) and the breathtaking Minack Theatre, Cornwall’s famous amphitheatre. With waves crashing against the rocks below, it really is a place for drama!
Mevagissey, Heligan & the Prehistoric Tin Stream: 6.4 miles (10.2km)
By far the longest walk on our list; spend the day tracing the china clay country. This walk is demanding in length, however, it is a leisurely good flat walk that can be tackled by most with patience and perseverance. Plus, it’s great for dogs with animal-friendly beaches and pubs along the way! Start at the scenic fishing village of Mevagissey and move inland through medieval settlements connected to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Then, as you return to Mevagissey along the Pentewan Valley, catch sight of the tin stream which was used as far back as the prehistoric era.
Holywell and Kelsey Head: 3.7 miles (6km)
This walk is perfect for families so make sure your children come along, dogs too! This circular stroll is one in which you’ll come across sand dunes, castles and caves – great fun for all to explore and discover. The beaches along route at Polly Joke and Holywell are all dog-friendly with rock pools for the children and wild flowers and migrating birds to spot as well.
One thing’s for sure, you’re definitely going to want to bring your camera!