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Cornwall Walks and Walking Holidays

Cornwall Walking Holiday Highlights

The Cornish Coastal Path – Choose a walking route from over 330 miles of adventure on the edges of the mighty Atlantic Ocean

Inland Cornwall Walks - Cross Cornwall on Coast to Coast routes including Bodmin Moor, the Saints Way & Smugglers Way Trails

Welcome to Walking in Cornwall

St Agnes Cornish Coast Path and Cornwall Walking Holidays on the South West Coast PathCornwall is quite simply unique. A land that has always felt itself to be a nation apart, Cornwall exists as an outstretched limb of land thrust accusingly away from “up country” England pointing straight into the depths of the wildest Atlantic seascape. For walkers Cornwall feels like, and indeed literally is, right at the end of the trail, a place where the land simply runs out and the sun sets on the end of our immediate world.  Surrounded on three sides by so much ocean fury Cornwall is almost a geographic island and with its own Celtic heritage Cornwall has also been a social island which had its own language and even now displays its own unique culture, history and landscape - all of it waiting to be encountered on foot on a Cornwall Walking Holiday.

Cornwall Walking Holidays Map

Cornwall Walking Holidays Map including South West Coast Path and Saints Way Map
 
CLICK HERE to go to our interactive walking map which covers all these walks with links to the route descriptions
 

The Cornish Coast Path Route - highlight of the 630 mile South West Coastal Path

Porthcurno Beach on the Lands End Way Cornwall Walking HolidayFor those thinking of a Cornwall Walking Holiday,  the obvious choice is to wander the zenith of the UK’s best loved (and longest) National Trail – the South West Coastal Path.  The Cornish Coast Path section runs to around 330 miles, travelling along a rollercoaster trail through a harsh and wild land where ancient moorland peppered with prehistoric remains and ghostly tin mines abruptly butts up against the  most dramatic, breathtaking and historically significant coastline in England. 

This spine of mighty cliffs and coves starts near Hartland Quay on the Devon border before merging with the vast dunes and sandbanks of mighty river estuaries as it heads for the Lands End Trail at the most western point in the UK.  Walking in Cornwall delivers mesmerising skylines of mining relics, stone circles, towering crags and hidden smugglers coves.  Pitched against this, those enjoying a walking holiday in Cornwall benefit from tranquil overnight stays in a mix of hidden Cornish Hamlets, Mediterranean like harbours towns, and time warped fishing villages.  

For sheer variety in a walking route the South West Coast Path sections have it all and whether your images of the Cornish Coast are rooted in the Famous Five or in Daphne du Maurier,  it still holds and delivers that mystical, sea salted atmosphere that has inspired coast path writers from Rosamund Pilcher to Thomas Hardy.  Whilst some things may have changed since they walked the Lands End Trail, one truth remains  – the most complete way to lose the holiday crowds, uncover this unique land and engage with its rugged coastline is by leaving the car behind and walking the Cornish Coastal Path.

South West Coastal Path Walking Options in Cornwall

Click below for full walking descriptions and pictures of each coast path section

Cornish Coast Path - Sections 1 to 5

 Section 1  The North Cornwall Coast Path - Hartland Quay to Padstow

 Section 2  The Mid Cornwall Coast Path - Padstow to St Ives

 Section 3  The Lands End Trail Coast Path - St Ives to Penzance and The Cornwall Mining World Heritage Walk - St Ives to Sennen

 Section 4  The Lizard Coast Path - Penzance to Falmouth

 Section 5  The South Cornwall Coast Path - Falmouth to Plymouth

Not sure where to start walking on the Cornish Coast Path ?

CLICK HERE to go to our interactive walking map which covers all these walks with short summaries and links to the route descriptions so you can choose the best route for you quickly.

Inland and Coast to Coast Walking Holidays in Cornwall

Away from the sea three coast to coast footpaths provide options for those looking for some inland walking routes to complete a Cornish Walking Experience.  Bracing, windswept and exhilarating.

Rough Tor on Bodmin Moor, The Smugglers Way Cornwall Walking HolidayBodmin Moor provides a miniature and more accessible alternative to Dartmoor National Park. Feeling no less remote in places and no less inspiring with its wind chiselled Tors, wild ponies and its air is of both desolation... .and freedom ! Suitable for more experienced walkers The Smugglers Way crosses the moor coast to coast from Looe to Boscastle and includes ascents of the moorland peaks at Rough Tor and Brown Willy Cornwall’s highest point. The Ten Tors route links little visited summits in remote areas on open moorland navigating from Tor to Tor, with no visable trail - this is one for experienced walkers only.

CLICK HERE for The Smugglers Way Route and Bodmin Moor Walking Options

The Saints Way  Walking Holiday in Cornwall, Padstow to Fowey RouteThe Saints Way - For those looking for a more gentle walking holiday in Cornwall, the 30 mile Saints Way from Padstow to Fowey links two of the regions best loved harbours with an ancient route that carried earnest pilgrims and holy men from Ireland to mainland Europe. These early Christians left an impressive array of holy wells, churches and Celtic Crosses along the way, linked today by Green lanes, old droves and hidden estuary creeks.

CLICK HERE for the Saints Way Route – Padstow to Fowey linking pilgrim sites along the way

St Michaels Mount Cornwall on the South West Coast Path and St Michaels Way Walking HolidaysThe St Michaels Way Walking Route - Finally whilst only taking a single day to cross from coast to coast, The St Michaels Way can be used to complete a Lands End Coast Path Circle and provides another pilgrim led inland route linking stunning St Michaels Mount with the cosmopolitan harbour of St Ives. Superb views, hidden valleys and boulder strewn Trencom Hill are just some of the highlights of a little walked trail that will get you into a less visited area of West Cornwall.

CLICK HERE for the St Michaels Way and Lands End Circle Walk

 

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