To mark The Great Outdoors Month, we look at some of the best walks in the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall.
Cornwall has some of the most unique and dazzling scenery in the UK. There are few better places in the country to enjoy walks which are both challenging and relaxing. Here are three of the best.
Lizard Coastal Walk: 7 miles (11.2 km)
Stunningly beautiful whatever time of the year you see it, Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula (the name, it’s said, comes from the Cornish ‘lezou’, or headland) is the most southerly point of mainland Britain.
This coastline walk isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’ve got the stamina, then you’ll be rewarded with some of the area’s most awe-inspiring scenery.
Look out for Kynance Cove on your walk, a beautiful and secluded beach, home to a great little eatery, the Kynance Café where you can get your energy back while drinking in the amazing view.
Taking in dramatic cliff scenery, rare wildflowers and – if you can spot them – seals and basking sharks, this walk will be one that you won’t forget.
Whitsand Battery to Rame Head: 2 miles (3.2 km)
Offering three miles of stunning beach, Whitsand Bay is an often-overlooked spot near to Polperro, a village and fishing harbour that is a must-see destination for anyone holidaying in Cornwall.
It's a tough walk this, but one that is incredibly rewarding, offering up wow-worthy views. The walk also takes in two Napoleonic forts and, should you want a rest and a snack, there’s a couple of friendly cafés, one of which even has a cable-car delivery system!
And make sure you visit the 14th-century chapel located at your journey’s end at Rame Head.
The Camelford Way: 1.8 miles (2.9km)
If you want a short and easy walk that won’t be too demanding on the old pins, then this walk is the one for you.
Starting and finishing in the pretty market town of Camelford, this leisurely walk soon takes you along the River Camel. Look closely at this Special Area of Conservation and you might spot some Atlantic salmon and otters, both of which breed in the river.
And what better way to finish your walk than to take in one of Camelford’s olde-worlde pubs? Try the Darlington Inn, an 800-year-old public house with a fine selection of real ales and home-cooked food.