Walking holidays

By November 5, 2013 Things to do

Guests heading for CLC Trenython Manor resort are going to exactly the right place should they want to enjoy some of Cornwall’s amazing walking and hiking opportunities.

The county’s rugged coastline – the longest anywhere in Britain – is spectacularly dotted with towering cliffs and wide, sandy bays to the north, while there are dozens of charming harbours and well-hidden smugglers’ coves to the south and the delightful contrasting countryside settings of the Fal and Fowey river estuaries, all of which have long-held appeal for walkers and hikers keen to experience the Great Cornish Outdoors.

The Cornwall Coastal Path

Over many generations, Cornwall’s ancient rights of way have been used and developed by the county’s miners, fishermen and farmers as their unofficial highways and, as these well-trodden pathways have become better mapped and more easily accessible, they are nowadays being enthusiastically explored and enjoyed by weekend walkers and holidaymakers.

With amazing views across the Fowey estuary, the circular Hall Walk is an increasingly popular section of the coastal route, and a convenient option for anyone staying at CLC Trenython Manor. The route initially follows the river on both banks and later crosses it on both ferries, before it goes on to Bodinnick and Pont Creek. From Pont, a diversion can be made to St Wyllow Church, from where you can access Pencarrow Head and, for a longer itinerary, join up again with the coastal path proper to finish at Polruan.

Around CLC Trenython Manor and Fowey, the National Trust owns most of the land upon which the official Cornwall Coast Path is located, and those sections closest to the resort offer dramatic views as the reward for what, for some people, can be quite challenging walking. From Fowey, the coastal footpath heads west towards St Austell Bay and you can join it via the start point at Ready Money Cove. On the opposite side of the river, near Polruan, the path takes an easterly heading and passes close to the lovely harbour villages of Polperro and Looe – both great places to stop off for a tasty pub lunch.

Off the sometimes busy coastal path, Cornwall has plenty of woodland and hilltop paths and bridleways to enjoy, while really serious, long distance walkers might be excited at the prospect of negotiating the ancient Saints’ Way footpath which links an assortment of early Celtic holy places on its route from Fowey to Padstow.