Whether you’re an experienced hiker looking for a multi-day backpacking trip or a casual walker seeking an afternoon stroll along the coast, North Cornwall has numerous options for getting out and about.
Rugged clifftop scenery, dramatic moorlands dotted with prehistoric remains, and smugglers coves nestled among the base of the cliffs, the Cornish Coast Path, (part of the wide South West Coast Path), is full of spectacular walking routes.
For those looking to head inland there are a number of routes such as the Saint’s Way from Padstow to Fowey and the Smugglers Way from Boscastle to Looe, both of which slice through the heart of the county in dramatic fashion.
Of course not all routes have to done in one go. Take each section at a time for a more relaxed break. There are a number of National Trust owned cafe’s and rest stops along the way.
Cornwall can be even more spectacular over the winter months when Atlantic storms buffer our coastline. It’s a dramatic time of year to visit the county and experience the thrilling power of the ocean.
Our self-catering accommodation is perfect for those looking for a cosy base to unwind after a day exploring.
Sir John Betjeman Walk
Literary fans can visit the final resting place of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman on this flat, 3.7-mile walk along the eastern bank of the River Camel. You can find the full route here.
If you’re enjoying one of the many delicious eating options around Padstow harbour and need to burn off a pasty or two, a brisk walk to Stepper Point should do the trick. This moderate 6.2-mile round trip walk from Padstow (there are shorter options for those who prefer them) offers beautiful views over the mouth of the River Camel and the ominously named Doom Bar. You can find the full route here.
If you’re planning on visiting Tintagel Castle, Rocky Valley is a great opportunity to stop off for a magical woodland walk full of Cornish legends and unspoilt natural beauty. The easy 3.7-mile trail passes through St. Nectans Glen, which features a spectacular 60-foot waterfall (there’s an entry fee to the falls, but wellington boots are provided if you want to paddle). You can fine the full route here.
- Purchasing a OS 106 Explorer map or 200 Landranger map before visiting.
- Downloading the iWalk Cornwall mobile app for some fantastic guided walk ideas of varying difficulty.
- Packing for all weathers. The Cornish coast can be an unpredictable environment so don’t get caught out.