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Merchant House Favourite Walks

Autumn is a time for walking, hiking, rambling, exploring… and then enjoying a nice slice of homemade cake by the fire afterwards (our favourite part!). Nicky recently enjoyed a hearty hiking session with Malcolm from Visit Cornwall and their furry friends. This lead us to pondering which walks we enjoy most in Cornwall. We’ve put together five of our favourites we recommend:

The Sir John Betjamen Walk

This walk is a nice 4 mile walk starting from the Quarry Car Park in Rock and is predominantly flat, ideal for a leisurely afternoon. Gentle and great for novices, this walk forms part of the South West Coast Path and travels through the dunes and past the beaches. It is named after the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman’s grave in the churchyard of the bijou St Enodoc Church. Walking with the pack? Why not stop off at Daymar Bay and run the pooch, it’s dog friendly! Find out more about the walk here.

Geevor Tin Mine Circular Walk

For something more moderate, we love the Geevor Tin Mine Circular Walk. Starting at Geevor Tin Mine Museum (part of a World Heritage Site) where the history can be explored with a guide. In autumn the flocks of Terns and Skuas passing through occasionally includes Storm Petrels and even a rare Sabine’s Gull. A great walk for Fido with a dog friendly beach and pub en route, it’s also great for kids who will be fascinated by the mine tour and the ancient monuments. Find out more about the walk here.

Penzance to Marazion

A lovely simple 2 mile walk from Penzance to Marazion that is suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. We love Marazion and this walk is perfectly positioned to soak up the views across Mounts Bay to St Michael’s Mount, the Lizard and Mousehole. During the autumn the Bird Reserve at Marazion attracts rare migrants such as Bitterns and Water Rails and the flocks of Swallows often attracts the attention of the rare bird of prey, the Hobby. Our favourite part of the walk is stopping off at the Godolphin Arms for a delicious meal (dog friendly too!). Looking out over St Michael’s Mount, the view is phenomenal and the sunsets are unrivalled! Find out more about the walk here.

Church Cove and Cadgwith

For something a little more challenging, this walk is perfect! Starting from the Lizard, Britain’s most southerly point, it can be a bit challenging and there’s lots of ascent and descent, much of which is on steep and stony paths. However, there is great signage back to Lizard village if a shortcut is required. This walk is over 6 miles, along high cliffs above a series of coves and caves. It takes you to the pretty fishing village of Cadgwith, resplendent with thatched cottages. Autumn is the perfect time to spot seabirds and Cadgwith East is a dog friendly beach so it’s ideal for Fido too! Find out more about the walk here.

Polruan to Looe via Polperro

This walk is not for the faint hearted! A 12 mile hike but worth every second! It is renowned for being one of the most beautiful walks on the South West Coastal Path with incredible coastal views and sandy beaches known only to the locals! Beginning from the Quay at Polruan you’ll go west to Lansallos and then on to Polruan. It’s a challenging walk but it’s a personal favourite of ours (this picture is Merchant House Owner Nicky on this very walk!)