walking in Cornwall

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Embark on an enchanting holiday spent walking in Cornwall, where every step unveils the breathtaking beauty of this wonderful county.
Meander along rugged cliffs, uncover hidden coves, and stroll through picturesque fishing villages. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Bodmin Moor, adorned with granite peaks and ancient stone circles. Traverse temperate rainforests, discover hidden waterfalls, and wander through country estates.
Cornwall’s lush landscape beckons, inviting you to explore its natural wonders at your own pace.

A few ideas for your walking holiday

Tin Mine seen on the South West Coast Path when walking in Cornwall

Walking the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path runs for a whopping 630 miles and we may be biased but we think the North Cornwall section is the most spectacular!

Passing through hidden coves and picturesque fishing villages, there are some stunning walks to be had. Simply park near the coast, turn left or right, and you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views.

Many of our guests walk the path in sections, ticking them off as they go. You can easily reach the whole of the North Coast from your holiday cottage, from North Devon all the way down to West Cornwall. The South Coast sections are also easily reached. Charlestown for instance is less than 30 minutes from your holiday cottage, whilst the very furthest reaches of South Cornwall are no more than an hour and a half away.

Walking on Bodmin Moor

Away from the coast, the wilds of Bodmin Moor beckon with millennia of history waiting to be discovered. 

The twin granite peaks of Rough Tor and Brown Willy are just waiting to be conquered. The views from the top, stretching all the way to the sea, are well worth the moderate climb.

Nearby is Stannon Moor, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. This is a favourite and very quiet walk taking in ancient burial chambers, stone circles and the famous Logan Rock – a huge granite boulder that gently rocks back and forth when you stand on it.

Elsewhere the famous Cheesewring rock formation is a must-visit, as is the ancient Hurler’s stone circle. And Dozmary Pool, where King Arthur is said to have thrown Excalibur, is just a short walk from Daphne Du Maurier’s infamous Jamaica Inn.

Bodmin Moor, Poldark's Cornwall
Visit the waterfalls with the kids in Cornwall

Woodland Walks, Trails & Estates

Cornwall’s lush countryside offers some diverse and beautiful walking too. 

St. Nectan’s Glen is a fabulous walk through a steeply wooded valley to to the spectacular 60ft waterfalls. Keep your out for the Cornish piskies said to inhabite this magical landscape. Cardinham Woods are doggy heaven but great for families too – with biking and hiking trails. Follow the Zog trail to find the Gruffalo! 

There are historic country estates to explore too, including the National Trust’s Lanhydrock and Pencarrow House, both near Bodmin. Both have extensive parkland and woods to explore and plenty of places for an idyllic picnic. 

Hints & Tips

In your holiday cottage you’ll find a selection of maps and walking books for your enjoyment. There are also a couple of apps for planning walks that we highly recommend downloading.

The iwalkcornwall app is a must, with over 200 fabulously detailed walks. Each walk guides you along the path, pinging your phone if you deviate so it’s impossible to get lost, and delivering lots of interesting facts about the area as you go. Free to download and view the walks, there’s a small charge of around £3 for each walk if you want to use the interactive facilities. 

Another great app with tons of walks to choose from is AllTrails. This again is free to download and view the walks, and there’s a paid version that allows you to download the walks to use offline (they also do a free trial 😉).

Walking boots, camera and an app for walking in Cornwall
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