This is a guest post from our friend Jill Landeryou at Latitude 50, who offer luxury self catering cottages in Rock, Port Isaac and Polzeath in Cornwall.
If you’re planning a break to Cornwall this summer and love to walk, the county has lots to offer: from ancient religious routes, to walks on wild Bodmin moor, trips along the coast path and inland trails through stunning bluebell woods, Cornwall has walks for all abilities and ages. So if you’re keen to find out more, but don’t know where to begin, read on… you’ll be itching to pick up your walking boots and set off on an adventure before you know it!
The Saints Way – A Trail from Padstow to Fowey
This well signed route leads you across 27 miles of magical Cornish countryside from Padstow, on the Atlantic north coast, to Fowey on the south coast. The trail leads along the probable route of early Christian travellers who would have been making their way from Ireland to Brittany and the rest of Europe. The walk begins in the picturesque fishing town of Padstow where celebrity chef Rick Stein has a number of restaurants and shops, where you can pick up some treats for your walk. After leaving Padstow the trail then heads south through the village of Little Petherick, onto St Breock Downs and Lanivet to meet the Fowey River. It then leads onwards, with a lovely stretch following the course of the river all the way to Fowey itself. See the Visit Cornwall website for a map of the route and further details.
Bodmin Moor – An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Covering an area of almost 200 square km Bodmin Moor is a huge expanse of spectacular terrain, affording many opportunities for fantastic walks. The moor itself is a vast grassy expanse, dotted with clusters of heather and granite outcrops ranging in sizes. You will find many plants and wildlife there, with the changing seasons ensuring that no two walks are ever the same. Bodmin is so enjoyable for its sense of remoteness and its authentic feeling of being a place of true wilderness. There are a number of paths and trails to choose from which make it a great haven for walkers. See the Bodmin website for more details.
Standing Stones on Bodmin Moor
Sir John Betjeman Walk, Wadebridge
This family friendly route, of just less than 4 miles, leads walkers along a truly beguiling stretch of the Southwest Coast path. The trail passes through golden sand dunes and along some of Cornwall’s most impressive beaches, whilst also passing St Enodoc Church, which sits overlooking Daymer Bay. Once at the church you can visit the grave of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman before continuing on your way.
The walk then reaches Brea Hill, famous for being the home of a Bronze age burial site and continues to loop back round to its starting point in Wadebridge. This is a gentle walk that is suitable for all ages, with plenty of interest along the way. See the Southwest Coast Path website for further details.
Tehidy Country Park, Cambourne
Tehidy country park covers over 250 acres and consists of stunning mixed woodland (the largest in West Cornwall), a picturesque lake and around 9 miles of well cared for, marked walking paths. Each path leads you you on a unique journey, through some truly magical Cornish countryside and there is also a visitors centre and cafe to enjoy. The estate was once owned by the Basset family, who gained their considerable wealth through mining and the mineral trade, but is now in the care of Cornwall County Council. History enthusiasts may wish to visit the Basset Memorial which stands inland at Carn Brea, commemorating the life of Sir Francis Basset, who lived from 1757 – 1835. At this time of year Tehidy also boasts an impressive display of bluebells – which makes a visit even more of a delight. See the Cornwall Council website for more details.
When it comes to walking in Cornwall these 4 walks really are just the beginning – there are many other fantastic walks to discover for yourself and so many active things to do in Cornwall. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and see what wonderful sights you can find on a lovely walk in Cornwall…