Walks and Walking in Cornwall

Walks and Walking
in Cornwall

Kerdh En Kernow

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Exploring the countryside one step at a time

Walks and Walking in Cornwall

Cornwall is a land in which history and unsullied beauty, in which wildlife and a sub-tropical climate, in which vertiginous cliff and rolling moorland combine to dazzle the eye. The quality of the air, too, is something special. It comes, unadulterated, from Biscay and from the Atlantic; and it was the rare quality of the light which, at the turn of the century, drew leading artists to Newlyn and St. Ives.

Around Bodmin Moor and in west Penwith, primeval rocks thrust out of the springy turf to create the likes of Roughtor and Brown Willy; and almost anywhere you turn your gaze you'll see field patterns and stone walling unchanged since the Middle Ages. You'll find, too, stone monoliths as old as time and parish churches dedicated to unfamiliar Celtic saints, crouching low to escape the cutting edge of winter storms.

Much of Cornwall's countryside is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with large stretches of Heritage Coast, and Country Parks at Tehidy, Kit Hill, Mount Edgcumbe and Seaton Valley. The Countryside Service organises guided walks and events to help you enjoy Cornwall's special environment, and there are exciting initiatives such as Project Explore, based at Looe. There are also walks and cycle paths around lakes and reservoirs such as Siblyback and Stithians.

If you prefer to blaze your own trail, then head seawards; you'll recognise the Coastal Footpath when you see it. Waymarked by Acorn signposts, it straggles from one end of Cornwall to the other - climbing over rugged cliffs whose grandeur tongue-tied Sir John Betjeman, and meandering through sheltered coves where even the Atlantic is placated. Inland, you're never far from local footpaths; retracing the Mineral Tramways which linked the tin and copper mines to the coast, or following in the footsteps of early Christians along the Saints' Way, crossing Cornwall from north to south. More recently the Clay Trails have opened up areas of mid Cornwall.

Cornwall's climate is such that you'll see daffodils for the London market thick in the fields in January and February, and you'll be enchanted by carpets of early thrift and sea-campion along the coast path. The palm trees come free of charge. And if, on occasions, you thought you saw a banana tree, you weren't dreaming!

Waymarked Paths and Trails

Austles Ford Walk, Altarnun 3 miles

Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve

Bude Canal 35 miles

Bugle Trail (Bugle - The Eden Project) 4 miles

Cardinham Woods

Cornish Celtic Way, (St. Germans - St. Michael's Mount) 125 miles

Covington Walk, Fowey 1 mile

Gribbin Head Walk, Fowey 4 miles

Goss Moor Multi-use Trail 7 miles

Kit Hill Country Park

Luxulyan Valley (Luxulyan - St. Blazey) 3 miles

Mining Villages Trail (Carharrack, Gwennap, Lanner, Portreath, St. Day and Stithians)

Moorland Walk, Camelford 8 miles

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Torpoint

Pentewan Valley Trail (Pentewan - St. Austell) 3.5 miles

Penrose Estate, Helston

St. Blazey Trail (The Eden Project - Par) 4 miles

St. Michael's Way (Lelant to St. Michael's Mount) 12 miles

Seaton Valley Country Park

Siblyback Lake 3 miles

Stithians Lake 5 miles

Tamar Lakes 3 miles

Tamara Coast to Coast Way (Plymouth - Torpoint - Calstock - Gunnislake - Launceston - Bude) 87 miles

Tehidy Country Park (Camborne) 9 miles

The Bodmin Way (Cardinham - Lanivet) 20 miles

The Camel Trail (Wadebridge - Padstow - Bodmin) 18 miles

The Camelford Way 8 miles

The Caradon Trail 17 miles

The Coast to Coast Trail (Portreath - Devoran) 11 miles

The Coastal Footpath 272 miles

The Copper Trail 60 miles

The Cornish Way

The Great Flat Lode Trail (Carn Brea) 7.5 miles

The Inny Valleys Walk, Altarnun 6.5 miles

The Hall Walk, Fowey 4 miles

The Lyhner Valley Walk, Altarnun 5 miles

The Mineral Tramways Trails

The North Cornwall Trail 40 miles

The Portreath Branchline Trail (Portreath - Pool) 5.5 miles

The Redruth and Chasewater Railway Trail (Redruth - Chasewater) 7.7 miles

The Saints' Way 30 miles

The St. Austell Trail (Wheal Martyn - St. Austell) 2 miles

The Smugglers' Way 37 miles

The Tinners Way 18 miles

The Tolgus Trail (Portreath - Redruth) 2.2 miles

The Tredaule Walk, Altarnun 1.5 miles

The Tresavean Trail (Lanner) 1.1 miles

The Trevaunance Trail, St. Agnes

The Two Valleys Walk, St. Neot 6 miles

The Watermill Walk, Camelford 8 miles

Three Churches Walk, Camelford 4 miles

The Trafalgar Way, (Falmouth - Penryn - Truro - Bodmin - Launceston) 271 miles

Tuckingmill Valley Park, Camborne

Wheal Martyn Trail (Wheal Martyn - Eden) 5 miles

Wheal Peevor Multi-use Trail, Redruth


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