Walk off some of that winter food and drink with a bracing walk. Here are some of our favourite walks to explore in Cornwall.
A short walk from Minions to Stowe Hill is rewarded with a rich slice of Cornwall’s prehistoric past and recent industrial history. It could be accomplished in well under two hours but is worth taking time over. Head north past the Hurlers, three Bronze Age stone circles. According to legend, these are men turned to stone as a punishment for hurling on the Sabbath.
Boscastle is a great starting point for a variety of walks. A stroll along the north side of the harbour and along to Penally Point is packed with interest and wonderful coastal views. The only safe haven on the long and dangerous stretch of coast from Port Isaac to Bude, Boscastle’s tightly sheltered harbour once bustled with ketches and schooners. Navigation into the harbour’s narrow winding channel was (and remains) tricky, as can readily be appreciated from Penally Point or Penally Hill above.
Upper Tamar Lake
This easy walk on the Devon border offers views of the beautiful Upper Tamar Lake and the pleasant rolling green fields beyond from all angles. It follows a broad, well surfaced and mainly level path, which is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and bikes. Bring binoculars – it is a great place to watch a variety of waterfowl and woodland birds too.
This lovely riverbank and woodland walk from the pretty village of Lerryn offers fine views of the rivers Lerryn and Fowey. If your children are energetic, the walk may be extended by following the yellow arrows and blue circles to St Winnow, with its riverside church and farm museum and thence back to Lerryn by field paths.
Godrevy: To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf spent much of her childhood in St Ives, from where the house her family rented offered a wonderful view to Godrevy lighthouse, the focal point of this easy and pleasant coastal walk. She visited Godrevy in 1892 and was later inspired her novel To the Lighthouse – though she set the story in the Hebrides.
Padstow Harbour & Coastal Path
Padstow’s lively, colourful harbour is packed with fishing boats and leisure craft and surrounded by a medley of historic warehouses, pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops. The walk can easily be extended along the Coast Path, with lovely views across the Camel estuary to Rock, Brea Hill and Doom Bar’s golden sands. Source of an estimated ten million tonnes of agricultural sand, the Bar has well earned its name, being the cause of 600 beaching’s, capsizes and shipwrecks over the past 200 years.