A county filled with more than 200 miles of stunning coast path, acres of ancient moorland, and leafy woodland walks – Cornwall is a walker’s paradise. Whether you’re a keen hiker or looking for a relaxed stroll, the county has plenty to offer everyone.
We’ve picked ten of the best walks for you to try whilst in Cornwall:
Beginning in Fowey, this popular circular walk undulates through leafy woodland paths and over quaint wooden bridges. The walk features two ferry crossings so you can explore the picturesque town of Polruan opposite, and boasts stunning views of the estuary.
The countryside to the west of Fowey is steeped in natural beauty and heritage. The walk to Gribbin Head – which begins in Fowey – offers breathtaking views combined with historical features, beautiful beaches, and stunning grassland meadows.
Beginning at the car park in Respryn, this circular route combines the stunning scenery along the River Fowey and through the ancient woodland on the National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate. Stop off at Lanhydrock house for a coffee and tasty slice of homemade cake.
Take the path from Lizard village to Lizard Point, before taking a stroll across the clifftops towards the beautiful Kynance Cove. We’d definitely recommend taking a break at the Kynance Café to enjoy a delicious fresh crab sandwich and admire the fantastic views.
Featuring steep valley climbs and fantastic views, Cardinham Woods is removed for its variety of walking and cycling trails. Whether you’re looking for fun and adventure, or peaceful strolls, Cardinham has you covered. A stop at the cosy Woods Café is also highly recommended.
Join Cornwall’s popular Camel Trail at Wadebridge and head along the path, which hugs the River Camel, to the fishing town of Padstow. Alternatively, walk inland towards the historic town of Bodmin. The trail is popular with cyclists, and bike hire is available.
Located just to the west of St Ives, this path runs along a classically rugged Cornish landscape, skirting across cliff tops with stunning views of the sea below. Certainly a more challenging walk, but worthwhile.
Located on perhaps the most rugged and spectacular stretch of coastline in the county, Bedruthan Steps is a must visit. Walk along the coast path which overlooks Cranewas beach, or if the tide is out, head down the steps and explore the beach itself.