Walking and Hiking in Cornwall

The South West Coast Path is regularly voted Britain’s best walks, and around 300 miles of the 630 hug Cornwall’s coastline. It takes in dramatic outcrops, stunning seascapes and beautiful beaches as it winds its way around the Cornish coast. But there’s even more delightful rambling to be had inland, such as the 18 mile Camel Trail that follows a disused railway or some of the walks that traverse the wide open Bodmin Moor.

Popular walks in South Cornwall

  • Talland and the Giant’s Hedge (7.4 miles) – Looe: This stunning walk is reasonably challenging, but rewards those that make the effort. It begins and ends at Looe station, and loosely follows and age-old boundary wall. Along this section of the South West Coast path you’ll find an abundance of wildlife, and wonderful views of secluded beaches
  • Clay Trails (2.5-4.2 miles) – St Austell: There are five of these trails that take in stunning views and criss-cross the old clay tips and pits that have now become something of a nature reserve. They are the perfect antidote to a busy life and offer peace and solitude in a beautiful setting

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Popular walks in North Cornwall

  • The Camel Trail (18 miles) – Padstow: The Camel Trail follows the path of a disused railway line and carves its way through some of the most beautiful parts of the county. The level terrain makes it possible, for those with the stamina, to complete the 18-miles on foot in a single day; however the towns of Wadebridge and Boscarne are conveniently located for anyone wishing to break up the trail over several days or just complete a section
  • Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps (4.5 miles): The Bedruthan Steps are a series of slate stacks stood out at sea, and the site of them is bewitching at any time of year. Legend has it that a giant used the stacks as stepping stones when walking along the coastline. It’s not possible for mere humans to leap from stack to stack as the giant did, so instead should stick to the path along the cliffs. There are also steep paths down from the clifftops to the secluded rocky beaches

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Popular walks in West Cornwall

  • Cape Cornwall (5.2 miles) – St Just: This beautiful coastline trail takes walkers past disused mines, ancient forts and run-down mills; and is the point where the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean converge. There are a couple of pubs along the way should refreshments be required
  • Porthcurno circular walk (3 miles): This walk traverses the granite clifftops affording walkers with stunning views of Porthcurno beach – arguably Cornwall’s best. It passes through beautiful wild heathland and the charming fishing village of Penberth

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Popular walks in the Bodmin and Tamar Valley area

  • Roughtor and Brown Willy (5.2 miles) – Roughtor: This circular walk encompasses Cornwall’s highest tors. It crosses Bodmin’s atmospheric moorland and passes prehistoric settlements and some striking rock formations
  • Minions and The Cheesewring (4.4 miles) – The Hurlers car park: This circular walk begins at the Hurlers: a group of three stone circles comprising around 40 remaining visible menhirs. Along the way the route also passes The Cheesewring, a granite tor shaped by weather, and Stowe’s Hill. The views across the moors are incredible, and the Minions is a delightful village

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At a glance

The Camel Trail is 18 miles long, but can easily be broken into three more manageable walks

Bodmin Moor has captured the imagination of writers and painters over the years. A good tramp across the moorland is a surefire way to get the blood pumping and work up an appetite

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