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Find Great Places To Walk In Cornwall That Reflect Your Interests

Since it’s famous for being one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, there’s no shortage of amazing places to walk in Cornwall. Whether you love coastal paths, taking a stroll through a fishing village, or ambling through towns, there’s something for everyone.


This part of Britain is also blessed with some of the warmest weather, thanks to its position on the gulf stream.

Walking Britain makes it easy to find the best routes that reflect your interests, location, and how strenuous you want the walk to be. We have routes which help you make the most of the stunning landscapes, rugged coastline and charming villages in this part of the world. Here are some of the best places to explore on foot:

The South West Coast Path.

Cornwall is home to a large part of the South West Coast Path, which stretches over 600 miles in total. This trail offers breathtaking views of the coastline, cliffs and beaches. Popular sections include:

Another of the best walks in Cornwall is St. Michael's Way.


This ancient pilgrimage route runs for 12 miles from Lelant to Marazion. It's a peaceful walk through countryside and woodland, with views of St. Michael's Mount along the way.

Another popular place for hikers, which is known for its geology and beautiful scenery, is the Lizard Peninsula. There are a variety of walking trails in this area. It offers plenty of dramatic coastal views and the chance to spot wildlife.

Seeking a more rugged landscape? Bodmin Moor is a great place for those who love the wilder side.

Highlights include Rough Tor, Brown Willy (Cornwall's highest point), and the Hurlers stone circles.

Walk to the legendary Tintagel Castle.

When you walk from Tintagel to Boscastle, this scenic coastal walk takes you past the legendary Tintagel Castle, purported birthplace of King Arthur, and along dramatic cliffs to the picturesque fishing village of Boscastle.

For easy walking or cycling, try the Camel Trail along the Camel River.

Following the route of a disused railway line, this route is ideal for gentle walks along the Camel River. It stretches from Padstow to Wadebridge and on to Bodmin, passing through beautiful countryside and alongside the estuary.

Looking for an area of outstanding natural beauty?

The Roseland Peninsula offers gentle walks along the coast, with stunning views across the Fal Estuary and out to sea. Particularly beautiful in spring, highlights include St. Just in Roseland church and St. Mawes Castle.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for secluded beaches, you might want to walk in Trebah Garden and Helford River: After exploring the subtropical Trebah Garden, which leads down to a secluded beach on the Helford River, there are also lovely walks along the riverbank and through nearby woodlands.

If you want a shorter walk, try the route from Porthcurno to Pedn Vounder.

This relatively short but stunning coastal walk takes you past the famous Minack Theatre and along cliffs overlooking beautiful beaches, including the idyllic Pedn Vounder.

On Walking Britain you’ll find walks graded as easy, moderate and hard, with the number of miles also specified.

If you’re looking for the best place to walk in Cornwall, check out our latest routes on Walking Britain. Or don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team for more information.

Check out our previous article here.

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