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Now that summer is fast approaching, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take you on a journey through all the wonderful walking opportunities Cornwall has to offer.

Cornwall is one of the best known areas in the UK for its delightful country and coastal walks and boasts England’s longest waymarked footpath, also a National Trail, where you can discover a wealth of attractions along the way.

Discover our list of the 9 best walking experiences in Cornwall…

1. The Camelford Way

Pentire Point

Starting from the bustling market square at Camelford and following along the River Camel, you will get to experience those lovely river views with your family and canine companion by your side.

A shorter walk than some of the better known Cornwall trails, you will pass through the wooded valley toward Fenteroon Bridge, which is surrounded by wild garlic and bluebells and provides a peaceful and tranquil setting. A real hidden gem along this route can be found between Pentire Point and the beautiful Bodmin Moor, the ideal spot for keen birdwatchers and photographers.

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2. South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

Spanning 630 miles and running from the coastal town of Minehead in South Somerset, through Cornwall, South Devon and across to Poole Harbour in Dorset, get ready to discover a plethora of awe-inspiring attractions and breath-taking views along the South West Coast Path.

Cornwall takes up 300 miles of this footpath, giving access to some of the most spectacular views imaginable for those picture-perfect moments. The South West Coast Path ranks alongside New Zealand’s famous Milford Track for its incredible scenery and is perfect for taking you on a tour of Cornwall’s favourite sleepy villages and bustling seaside towns, where you can unearth the area’s rich history.

One of the most challenging walks in the country, it can take avid walkers many years to complete the whole track, due to some steep steps and pathways you will discover along the way.

The section of path between Padstow and St Ives alone can take a week to complete and spans 66 miles in length. Highlights along this section of Cornwall’s Atlantic coast includes the walk to prominent Trevose Head and its lighthouse, the cliff tops of Park Head, which offer views towards the National Trust’s Bedruthan Steps  and the challenging path at Perranporth, where you’ll be rewarded by the fascinating geology along the cliff side at Cligga Head.

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3. The Lizard Peninsula

The Lizard Peninsula

The Lizard Heritage Coast is abundant with rugged landscapes and beautiful flowers in bloom, especially during the summer months. Look forward to an afternoon at any one of its white sandy beaches and even spot the seals at Lizard Point while you soak up the glorious sunshine.

The Lizard Peninsula offers plenty of coastal walks towards Kynance Cove, famous for its turquoise waters and golden sands. The circular walk from Lizard village, for example, ventures towards the most southerly point in Cornwall, while taking in sights like the Lizard Lighthouse and the shipwreck on Pentreath Beach, as well as an abundance of wildlife along the way.

Kynance Cove also gives excellent opportunities to get involved with Cornwall’s favourite pastime of surfing. If you’d like to know more about Cornwall’s surf history and it’s most popular beaches, then read up on our 7 best surfing beaches in Cornwall blog for some handy tips on finding the best location for you.

4. Luxulyan Valley

Luxulyan Valley

North of the beautiful market town of St Austell, is the heritage site of Luxulyan Valley. A real hidden gem, where you can explore two miles of ancient woodland, perfect for those who enjoy secluded walks, with the Par River running through its centre, making for an enchanting walking experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Once you’ve completed the walk, you are only a short drive away from the popular attraction of the Eden Project, one of the UK’s most popular attractions, with a range of biomes housing exotic plants and flowers from around the world, many of which are the only of their kind in the world. The Eden Project is one of the most sought-after experiences for tourists holidaying to Cornwall and well worth a trip.

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5. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Twenty five years ago, a chance encounter led to the uncovering of the fascinating Lost Gardens of Heligan, a secret garden with hundreds of years worth of history. Dating back to the early 13th century when Heligan Manor was first built, the garden was later developed alongside the Jacobean-style Heligan House.

The mystifying gardens span 200 acres of restored landscape, with a range of wildlife to spot along the way. Discover the huge nature sculptures of the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady, with hidden pathways and plenty of flora and fauna with the mature rhododendrons in particular making it a worthy sightseeing trip.

There is an on-site tea room providing a selection of Cornish cream teas, homemade lunches and seasonal produce including daily baked goods, and is the perfect chance for you to stop off for a spot of lunch and sample these Cornish delights.

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6. Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens

Nestled with wild flowers, including giant rhubarb and bamboo groves, Trebah Gardens is one of the most peaceful and tranquil places to set your sites upon when looking for Cornwall walks.

Native to Japan, you and your little ones can discover the exotic koi carp in the fish pond, or let your children run wild at one of the on-site playgrounds. Not to mention the entirety of the gardens is completely dog-friendly, so your pooch doesn’t have to miss out on those delightful country surroundings.

A subtropical paradise awaits you with a colourful arrangement of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias all of which have bloomed for over 100 years. 175 years of hard work and creation have gone into making these gardens the fairy-tale landscape we can now experience, any time of the year. A must-see walking experience for those country lovers among you.

7. Chessewring

The Cheesewring

Minions is a small Cornish village resting at the highest point of the Bodmin Moor and houses the beautiful rugged countryside of the Cheesewring, now a Historic Neolithic and Industrial Heritage Landscape site.

At just under 1 mile, this walk takes you towards The Hurlers, a set of three-standing stone circles dating back to the Bronze Age, as well as many old mining buildings in the distance.

This area offers the best of the Cornwall and Devonshire countryside, with much of the area having been left and evidence of weather erosion can now be found. This one is a particularly excellent choice for its truly rural position giving it that peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for families to explore with their four-legged friends.

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8. Tintagel to Boscastle

Tintagel to Boscastle, Cornwall

Situated along the Atlantic coastline, starting from the fishing village of Boscastle, this walk is less than 4 miles and is the perfect way to start your Cornish holiday break. Your coastal stroll will bring you towards the secluded beaches at Benoath Cove and Bossiney Haven, before leading to the historic village of Tintagel.

Take the time to venture off towards the wonderfully medieval Tintagel Castle, which has been linked to the legendary King Arthur himself. Resting in an elevated position on the rugged north coast, with dramatic and far-reaching views across the Atlantic Ocean, this castle boasts a wealth of history and adventure inside.

Discover Merlin’s Cave below, a 330-foot-long sea cave, which was said to have been the home of the famous wizard where Merlin first discovered Arthur as a baby. Steeped in history, this castle is one of the top five places to visit during your stay in Cornwall with some of the most magnificent views imaginable.

Tintagel Castle also has access to a selection of Cornish cream teas and a quirky mystic shop so you can pick up some souvenirs for your loved one’s back home. A truly delightful spot for those morning walks, with a pleasant historic twist.

9. Marazion to Penzance

Marazion to Penzance, Cornwall

Beginning in the coastal town of Marazion, this delightful 4-mile walk takes you along the coast and towards the centre of Penzance. Passing by Marazion Beach and Long Rock Beach, you are well-placed for stopping off and admiring those gorgeous white sands or having a cool dip in the clear waters. Marazion also provides the wonderful Birds Reserve, attracting flocks of swallows and flying ants, something a keen birdwatcher will delight in.

This walking experience is becoming increasingly popular with tourists for its easy access to St Michael’s Mount and the heart of Penzance, boasting its contemporary art museum Penlee House Gallery & Museum and a large selection of traditional pubs and restaurants to enjoy those Cornish delicacies.

While the tide is low, you can travel along the causeway toward the famous tidal island of St Michael’s Mount for an unforgettable experience awaiting you. Take the opportunity to explore those sub-tropical gardens with flower-lined pathways and Victorian steps, it blends the best of beauty and history.

A prime spot is the 17th century castle with themed rooms, including The Library, which was originally part of the former 12th century monastic buildings and boasts leather-bound books and a set of games inside.

For more inspiration on where else to visit, take a look through our guide to 4 of the best experiences in Cornwall and discover some of those hidden gems you wouldn’t have thought to look for.

Ready to break out those walking boots? Then take a look through our list of Cornwall holiday cottages and use our Cornwall Travel Guide to help you plan your next trip.

Image credits: sagesolar(CC BY 2.0); Tony Armstrong-Sly(CC BY-ND 2.0)

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