Join us for one of our Summertime Stroll packages and explore this incredible country on foot. We’re lucky enough to have nearly 300 miles of the glorious South West Coast Path in Cornwall, as well as countless inland walks taking in lakes, estuaries and woods. But with all this choice, picking where to go is easier said than done, so to help, we’ve narrowed down the list to four of our favourite walks in Cornwall, so the only thing you need to worry about is making it back in time for cake and a cuppa!
With over nine miles of paths crisscrossing 250 acres of peaceful woods, no two visits to Tehidy Woods are ever the same. Wander around the lake, explore leafy glades, climb tree trunks and keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of flora and fauna, with otters, squirrels, ducks and bats all in residence, not to mention carpets of bluebells that seemingly stretch for miles in April and May.
If you’re feeling energetic, Tehidy Woods is perched right next to the towering north coast cliffs, so you can combine Tehidy with one of the South West Coast Path’s most dramatic sections, including peering over the cliffs into Hell’s Mouth and hunting for the seals that live by Godrevy lighthouse.
The Carrick Roads
Walking along the secluded banks of the Carrick Roads, with their hidden creeks, lush riverbanks and azure waters, makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a foreign wilderness. You can take a ferry straight from Truro at high tide and get dropped off at any number of points along the way.
One of our favourites is to take the ferry to Trelissick, explore the magnificent gardens, before heading along the river bank to the King Harry Ferry. Continue north along the river bank through North Wood, Namphillows Wood and onto Roundwood Quay where you can explore meadows teeming with wildlife, the old industrial quay and an ancient iron age fort. Keep your eyes peeled for wading birds in the mud flats, before heading back to Trelissick along the marked path by the wooden bridge at the most westerly point of the estuary, and refuel in the lovely National Trust cafe.
Rolling hills, wild woodland and sweeping sea views make the Helford a very special place to explore. Maenporth to the Ferryboat on the Helford Passage is one of our favourites.
Park at Maenporth beach and follow the South West Coast Path from the south end of the beach. Explore rocky outcrops, hidden beaches and tiny villages, before arriving at the popular Ferry Boat Inn for lunch. Head back inland through Mawnan Smith (and refuel again at the Red Lion!) before following the valley back to the beach.
The South West Coast Path: Portreath to Trevaunance Cove
You can’t come on a walking holiday in Cornwall without exploring the dramatic north coast. One of our favourite sections takes in wild heathland, ancient rock formations, deep valleys, surf beaches, mining heritage, fishing coves and several great places to refuel along the way. There are some quite steep climbs and descent, so doing it all in one day might be for the more adventurous.