The best walks in Cornwall

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From woodland trails to coastal walks in Cornwall, check out our top ten rambles to explore!

It’s no surprise that walking is one of the most popular activities in Cornwall given there is over 200 miles of beautiful coastal path to explore offering stunning views of golden beaches, secluded coves and endless horizons. Not only have walkers been drawn by South West coast path but also by the lure of ancient moorland, mineral tramways, clay trails and lakes.

You don’t have to be a seasoned walker to enjoy exploring Cornwall, but might we suggest some comfortable shoes.

Why not explore our favourite Cornwall beaches as well, and create your own Cornish adventure.

Play around with the interactive map we created below to discover pictures and directions to our favourite walks.

1. Cardinham Woods, central Cornwall, near Bodmin

If you’re looking for fun and adventure or peaceful strolls, fresh air and natural beauty, Cardinham Woods is the place to go. Cardinham is famed for its walking trails, from easy routes for beginners to longer walks that include steep valley climbs and fanastic views. Take a picnic with you or stop off at Woods Cafe for a treat afterwards – you’ll have earned it.

2. Watergate Bay coastal path

Whether you choose to walk south towards Porth and Newquay or North towards Mawgan Porth and Beruthan Steps you’ll be offered panoramic views across the Atlantic. Time it right and you’ll also get to take in a magnificent sunset. Remember to bring your camera!

3. Godrevy to Hells Mouth (and back again), North Cornwall near St Ives

Exhilarating cliff top pathways and glorious ocean views. This route takes you around Godrevy headland to the dramatic Hell’s Mouth and back again, taking in the wonderful heathland of the Knavocks.

4. Respryn Ramble, central Cornwall near Bodmin

This circular walk from Respryn car park takes in fantastic scenery along the River Fowey and through the ancient woodland on the National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate. Stunning shows of wild daffodils occur in March, followed by bluebells in April and May.

5. Bodmin Moor, central Cornwall

Bodmin Moor’s landscape of granite tors and rugged landscape lends itself beautifully to walking and rambling. Follow one of the marked routes or amble your way from tor to tor at your own pace.

6. Tehidy Country Park, North Cornwall near Redruth

Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. With over nine miles of paths in 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, Tehidy is an enchanting place to visit all year round. There are many places along the paths to stop for picnics too!

7. Kennall Vale, between Redruth and Falmouth

The first part of the walk is not very promising, but when you reach the top of the slope an extraordinary world opens up to you. Unveiled is an array of old mining equipment once used to make gunpowder. Since mining stopped in the 1900s nature has claimed back the land, filling the quarry with water and covering the old buildings in layers of moss. The expression “a walk through history” is an overused one but at Kennall Vale that’s a good way to put it.

8. Camel Trail – Wadebridge to Padstow, North Cornwall near Watergate Bay

Follow the River Camel from Wadebridge to the bustling harbour of Padstow. This five and a half mile walk runs along a flat path that was once the site of a railway parallel to the river. Meander along the path and take in the sights over the estuary, just keep your eyes and ears open for the cyclists!

Take a closer look at the trail here.

9. Luxulyan, central Cornwall near St. Austell

This valley has a rather industrial past, but it’s hard to imagine it considering its appearance now is calm and tranquil. Take your dog for a walk here and see if you can uncover some of its hidden history.

10. Watergate Bay

If you’re not set up to travel to some of these beautiful locations, you could step outside of the hotel and walk along the beach. At low tide Watergate Bay beach stretches out for two miles and has plenty of nooks and caves to explore.

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