Cornwall is truly a walker’s paradise; the spectacular coastline stretches approximately 300 miles long, the longest stretch in Britain, offering amazing landscapes and postcard-perfect sea views. The diversity of this expansive region is also attractive, from the North Coast’s towering cliff sides to the gentles inlets at the estuaries of Fowey and Fal, the county has long attracted both avid hikers and casual walkers.
Over many generations ancient coast side paths and ambling ways have been created by local farm workers, miners and fishermen on their day to day travel. Now these historic walking routes are fondly explored from tourists from across the globe, young and old.
Cornwall’s Hall Walk is one of the region’s most popular routes, it takes in wonderful sights of the Fowey Estuary and far beyond across the sea. It trails the sides of the river, on a round walk going via ferries to Boddinnick and Pont Creek as well as Ploruan. It’s possible to take a diversion from Pont to see St Wyllow Church, then across toward Pencarrow head where you’ll join the coastal path for an extended wander to Polruan.
A lot of the coast of Cornwall has been officially listed as an area of outstanding natural beauty, so is closely protected. There are also extensive stretches owned by the National Trust, promising further preservation of the dramatic natural surroundings.
From Fowey, ramblers should access the coast footpath which heads west going toward St Austell Bay and pick up a starting path from Ready Money Cove. Or Polruan, which is on the opposite bank of the River Fowey, here the coastal path leads towards Polperro, Looe and then onto Plymouth.
Another brilliant walking opportunity is the 1.3 mile ramble from Land’s End to Sennen Cove, starting at the Sennen Cove car park. A lot of people take this walk to see the enchanting cove with glorious sands and visit the historic coastguard lookout.
Cornwall is a brilliant place to take in wildlife of the Great British isles too. Walk the 6 mile route around the Newquay Cubert Widlife Walk which will allow you to see the wild flowers and insects of Hoywell Bay in summer. Whilst autumn and winter will bring views of grey seal pups and the migrant birds.
How about uncovering the wonders of nature and the way it has crafted interesting rock formations over thousands of years? Crackington Haven near Bude is a good place to take these sights in, looking out to Cambeak headlad and the surrounding cliffs.
Serious walkers and history enthusiasts will be tempted to try The Saint’s Way a walking route from Fowey to Padstow which will take you past holy places of Celtic saints throughout the 5th-7th centuries. This beautiful walk passes through ancient woodland and across hill top landscapes, promising peace and tranquillity alongside some nice photo opportunities.