Walking Guide

Walks in Cornwall

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Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in Cornwall

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in Cornwall with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery Cornwall has to offer.

Just under a third of Cornwall is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and uniquely for the county, it is separated into 12 different spaces, encompassing 10 stretches of coastline as well as Bodmin Moor and the Camel Estuary, highlighting just how varied the picturesque Cornish landscape is.

With 200 miles of coastline, there are plenty of fantastic coastal routes with world-class views waiting to be explored in Cornwall. Join the South West Coast Path at different points throughout the county and wander through parts of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, discover King Arthur’s Castle and Merlin’s Cave, or take in the striking Godrevy Lighthouse. Whichever section you chose to traverse, there are many sights to be seen on coastal walks in Cornwall.

Bringing a four-legged friend? There are numerous fantastic dog walks in Cornwall. Follow coastal trails to beaches like Lantic Bay, near the picturesque harbour town of Fowey or the beautifully unspoiled Whitsand Bay, both of which are dog-friendly all-year-round. For a change of scenery, visit the impressive Bodmin Moor or one of Cornwall’s majestic forests. Tehidy Country Park has 9 miles of paths weaving through the woodland past lakes and ponds, Cardinham Woods boasts 650 acres of woodland full of buzzards, kingfishers, deer and otters, as well as the Wood’s Café, the perfect spot for a post-walk refuel.

  • south west coast path at tintagel cornwall

    Boscastle to Tintagel

    5.5 miles

    Moderate

    This scenic walk follows the South West Coast Path from Boscastle to the Tintagel. Spanning roughly 5.5 miles, the walk encompasses three beaches; Benoath Cove, Bossiney Haven and Tintagel Haven, as well as passing the slate quarries and a number of islets inhabited by colonies of sea birds.

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  • Talland Bay Cornwall

    Looe, Talland & The Giants Hedge

    7 miles

    452ft

    Challenging

    This is a fairly challenging 7.4-mile walk that takes in part of the South West Coast Path from the Looe Estuary to the lovely smuggler’s beach at Talland, before circling inland to reach the fishing town of Looe.

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  • Looe Polperro Walk

    Polperro to Looe Walk

    2.5 hours

    5.5 miles

    Moderate

    A stunning coastal walking trail, located on the South West Coast Path and protected by the National Trust, it is steeped in medieval history and is said to have once been visited by Jesus Christ.

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    Sennen and Land’s End

    6 miles

    Moderate

    This 6-mile moderate route takes in the South West Coast Path from Sennen Cove to Mill Bay, encompassing Land’s End along the way, before returning inland through fields and small lanes to Sennen.

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  • st ives to zennor walk cornwall

    St Ives to Zennor

    6 miles

    Moderate

    This lovely walk from St Ives Head to the village of Zennor is about 6 miles long, however can be turned into a 12 mile circular walk if using the inland road to return. The path requires some scrambling but the spectacular views over the Carracks definitely make it worth it.

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    The South West Coast Path

    630 miles

    Varied

    At 630 miles, the South West Coast Path is England’s longest way-marked walking trail, stretching from Somerset’s Minehead to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The trail passes through five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 17 Heritage Coasts, a National Park, two World Heritage Sites, as well as a UNESCO Geopark and a UNESCO Bisosphere.

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