Family Friendly Walks in Cornwall

It’s probably safe to say that one of the best things about a break in Cornwall has to be enjoying a spot of the famous Cornish sunshine; and what better way to do just that is there than heading out on an invigorating walk? With miles and miles of pathways and routes zigzagging their way across the county, you’ll never struggle to find a good walk in Cornwall. Even still, we’ve tracked down a few family friendly walks to get you started. None of them are too strenuous on the legs, meaning the little ones can keep up, and they all have a little something along the way to catch the little ones' attention.

Porthcothan and Treyarnon Circular

TreyarnonImage by Robert Pittman Licensed Under CC BY-ND 2.0

A good option for a family walk is the Porthcothan and Treyarnon circular. Located on the North Cornish coast, the walk is one of stunning sea views and beautiful panoramas over the inland farms. Right near the start of the route you’re able to clap your eyes on Treyarnon’s famous natural swimming pool, it may be too dangerous when the tide is on its way in, but if you time your trip right (at low tides) you can pop down to the pool and take a dip. But that’s not all there is to see and do on the walk: you can also explore the headlands and hidden coves used by the smugglers of days gone by, and even stop off at the hilltop forts that date back thousands of years. At just under four miles long, it’s suitable for everyone, but you might want to avoid some of the clifftop sections if you’ve got young children in tow.

Distance: 3.7 miles

Difficulty: Easy, but beware of the clifftops in certain sections.

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Penzance from Marazion

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If you want a bit of stunning scenery to enjoy on your family walks, then this route is just the thing for you. Starting off in the quaint seaside town of Marazion, it leads around the famous Mount’s Bay before ending up in the hustle and bustle of Penzance. As you follow the path, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest views going, whether it’s gazing out at the fairy-tale sight of St Michael’s Mount, looking eastwards to the picturesque Lizard Peninsula, or turning back and soaking up the views of Mousehole, one of Cornwall’s prettiest towns. Along the way is the Marazion bird reserve, home to many rare species – why don’t you see how many you can spot?

Distance: 2.1 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Wondering what you'll do once you get to Penzance? Try our guide to some of the best things to do in Penzance.

The King Arthur Walk

tintagel castleImage by Ben Salter Licensed Under CC BY 2.0

At just over three and a half miles long, the King Arthur Walk in Tintagel is the perfect length for a family stroll in the sun. It starts off at Tintagel’s Visitor Centre, and leads up towards the famous castle, and then back via the village of Bossiney; a route mainly made up of good, solid pathways and lanes which should be fine to take a pram along. Along the way, you’ll be able to spot all sorts of native wildlife, ranging from kestrels to falcons, and kittiwakes to gannets; however the undoubted highlight has to be Tintagel Castle. Perhaps most famous for its connections with the Arthurian Legends. Stretching over from the mainland to Tintagel Island, the castle as we see it today was built in the 13th Century, and although it is mostly derelict you can still wander across the bridge and explore the old great hall and walled gardens.

Distance: 3.6 miles

Difficulty: Easy, some sections are relatively steep though.

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So there you have three of the best family-friendly walks to try out in Cornwall. But if you want some more ideas on other things to do to keep the whole family occupied during your break in Cornwall, make sure you take a look through some of our other guides listed below.

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