walks in Cornwall

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  Cornwall walking trails 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 Cornwall walks with world-class views waiting to be explored. 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.

Continue reading to discover even more superb Cornwall walking trails…

  • The Cheesewring, Minions

    The Cheesewring

    United Kingdom
    PL14 5AT

    The Cheesewring is a granite tor resting amidst the Minions in Bodmin Moor. It’s a fascinating landmark steeped in history and enjoys surroundings that are perfect for hiking.

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  • pencarrow head cornwall south west coast path

    The South West Coast Path

    630 miles


    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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  • Trebarwith Strand to Tintagel Church

    Tintagel Church to Trebarwith Strand

    PL33 9DF

    The 3-mile walk begins from the Beach Cafe close to Tintagel Castle and follows the South-West Coast Path, which has many waymarks, to Trebarwith Strand.

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  • Tintagel King Arthur Walk

    Tintagel King Arthur Walk

    Tintagel Visitor Centre
    Bossiney Road
    PL34 0AJ

    01840 779084

    A 3.6-mile walk on a section of the South West Coast Path through Tintagel, rendered romantic for Victorian tourists by Tennyson, whose ‘Idyll of the Kings’ put King Arthur’s story there. Children will appreciate Tintagel Island’s ‘King Arthur’s castle ruins.

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  • Waterfall at St Nectans Glenn near Tintagel

    Tintagel to Rocky Valley

    PL34 0BQ

    An enjoyable walk around the Cornish Coast, Tintagel to Rocky Circular Walk is an ideal way to see the area. Visit Tintagel Castle and other King Arthur locations as you take in the seaside.

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  • Trebarwith Valley Engine House

    Trebarwith Valley Circular Walk

    PL34 0ET

    Explore Trebarwith Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty in North Cornwall, on a circular walk.

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  • Truro and the Old Newham Railway walk

    Truro and the Old Newham Railway

    TR1 2TN

    A circular walk through Truro’s ancient city centre along the river, the Newham railway trackbed, and sites such as Victoria Gardens, the Royal Cornwall Museum, and the Cathedral.

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  • Truro

    Truro to Roseworthy Circular Walk

    Truro to Roseworthy Circular Walk
    Edward St
    Truro City Centre

    Truro to Roseworthy Circular Walk offers you and your loved ones a superb opportunity to follow along the Kenwyn Piver and enjoy the Victoria Gardens, where the elaborate Victorian system of weir gates await.

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  • Porthmeor Beach

    Zennor Circular Walk

    Zennor Circular Walk
    St Ives Head
    TR26 1NT

    Enjoy the popular circular walk from St Ives to Zennor, enjoying some of the most striking parts of the South West Coastal Path. It is a 12-mile long route, taking you through both coast and countryside.

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