With over 400 miles of stunning coastline and hundreds of gorgeous beaches to choose from Cornwall is the perfect place to get out and about in the fresh air and enjoy a nice walk especially during autumn, whether you love to stroll slowly and take in everything you see, hike with the pooch or get a little fitness in with a brisk walk or run, there is nothing more exhilarating than doing all of the above on the coast. So, with that being said, here are some of our favourite walks across North & South Cornwall.
Lands End to Sennen Cove
This route follows the coastal path from Land’s End to Sennen Cove.
The gorgeous Sennen cove draws a huge number of visitors to its stunning golden sands and perfect conditions for activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing and sunbathing, but many miss the sheer beauty of a brief walk along the coast to take in all the magical views you simply miss when travelling by car.
The distance is 1.3 miles in total and you can stop along the way for a thirst quenching pint at the delightful 17th century Fisherman’s Inn The Old Success Inn where lunch is served daily.
Botallack Mining Walk, St. Just
With the hugely popular BBC hit show Poldark, which is due to air it’s fifth and final season next year this is a must do for anyone wanting to see the sights and one of the filming locations of the show.
St Just was once a hub for Cornish mining and the remains of which are clearly seen along this stretch of coastline. Not only that the natural landscape is simply breathtaking and it is home to a hive of wildlife to spot as you enjoy the gentle 1 mile stroll.
Lundy Bay Walk, near New Polzeath
The Camel estuary is one of Cornwall’s most well known areas and the coastal paths that runs just a mile before the charming Polzeath, is a great little and easy walk for you to enjoy.
With the drama of cliff top views to take in as you stroll along. At low tide, a beautiful sandy beach is revealed in the bay along with plenty of rock pools making it a great little stop off point for families with children to explore.
The Lizard Coastal Walk
The spectacular coastal path around the Lizard peninsula attracts thousands of walkers every year, a stroll around the most southerly tip of mainland Britain allows you take in all the dramatic scenery and sweeping views, you may even be lucky enough to spot a Cornish Chough or even a seal nestled in one of the many coves. Indulge in rare wildflowers as you enjoy this breathtakingly unique coastline.
With a network of paths between the village and the coastal path, it’s easy to make this walk as long or as short as you like.
Padstow to Harlyn Bay
A beautiful scenic walk that has recently been voted the best dog walk in the south west follows a dramatic coastline from Padstow and passes amazing sights such as Stepper Point and smugglers caves as well as year round dog friendly beaches Hawker’s Cove & Harbour Cove, where your four legged friend can enjoy a little play and splash in the water before reaching Harlyn Bay.
This walk runs for a distance of 6.9 miles and is mostly on one level and is more suitable for families with older children.
Tintagel to Porth Isaac
Although quite challenging at times this walk is so rewarding, the spectacular views as you leave Tintagel the legendary birth place of King Arthur and home to the famous castle ruins are something else and the walk at first is relatively easy as you head away from Tintagel, the path between Trebarwith Strand and Port Isaac is long and the difficulty increases with some steep descents however this stretch is designated to both Heritage Coast status and an area of Outstanding National Beauty so as we said earlier, it is so rewarding.
Port Isaac itself is a beautiful little fishing village and home to the much loved Doc Martin (although in the show, it becomes the fictional Port Wenn) and is the real gem at end of a strenuous walk! With many listed buildings that you may recognise from the TV show, to the many harbour side cafes and pubs to enjoy as you sit and watch the harbour. You may even be lucky enough to spot Martin Clunes filming as the Doc himself.