Walking in North Cornwall
North Cornwall Walks. From walking on the Moors to walks along the Coast Path around Boscastle and Tintagel North Cornwall offers great walking.
Padstow and the Camel Trail
The Camel Trail runs alongside the beautiful Camel Estuary from Padstow the 6 miles to Wadebridge, and on , for the more adventurous, another 8 miles to Bodmin along a disused railway.
The Strangles Boscastle to Crackington Haven North Cornwall
A couple of miles North of Tintagel with its King Arthur legends is the comparatively unspoilt fishing village of Boscastle, nestling in a valley and with the only harbour for many miles along this stretch of rugged beautiful but treacherous North Coast. Wonderful walks are to be had in either direction along the Coast Path. Walk north to High Cliff, the highest point on the coast of Cornwall where you can look down on the wonderfully named Strangles. Continue walking along the Coast Path following it to Crackington Haven, stopping for a rest on the dramatically situated beach before walking back long the Coast Path to Boscastle. An equally nice walk is the one West from Boscastle to Tintagel and hence to Trebarwith taking in the now ruined slate quarries. Most of this stretch of Coastline is protected for the Nation by the National Trust
There are lots of nice places to stay in and around Boscastle village. Such as The Old Rectory Bed and Breakfast where Thomas Hardy stayed while drawing up plans for the restoration of St Juliot Church.
Chapel Porth nr St Agnes North Cornwall
A short walk along a well used path to one of the most dramatically situated mine engine houses in Cornwall, perched high on the heather clad cliffs above the huge expanse (at low tide) of Chapel Porth Beach. Chapel Porth is signposted from St Agnes. Park your car in the car park either at the Cove itself or in the car park half way down the approach lane The Engine House is some half a mile North of the Cove. In summer there are lifeguards on the beach. At high water the beach is covered by the tide. Out of season it is a nice walk along the beach, Care is however needed to ensure you are not cut off by the incoming tide. Most of this stretch of Coastline is protected for the Nation by the National Trust.
Rough Tor Bodmin Moor
A strenous 3 mile walk (more a hike) across open moorland with some scrambling to reach the very top of Rough Tor. Rough Tor is the second highest point in Cornwall. Standing on its summit on a clear day it is possible to see to both the Atlantic North Coast and the English Channel of the South Coast. Magnificent all round views, looking down on the surrounding moorland strewn with the remains of a thousand years of history. Ancient Settlements, hut circles, field systems, burial mounds, farmsteads and whole villages long since abandoned, often with only the chimney breast remaining. Once at the summit it is nice to just sit and take in the view, with in Spring maybe the bleating of sheep below and skylarks singing overhead. To reach the Car Park, take the Rough Tor road signed off the A39 Camelford to Bude. From the car park the walking route is fairly obvious. Stout footwear and clothing essential. More Bodmin Moor Bodmin Moor pictures. Roughtor is protected for the Nation by the National Trust
West Pentire, Porth Joke and the Kelseys, like Rough Tor ,also protected for the Nation by the National Trust. Beyond the village of West Pentire, across the Gannel. Along the coast from Crantock , past Vugga Cove, is West Pentire Headland, with superb views back into the Gannel. In summer a foot ferry runs across the Gannel landing at Crantock Beach. In mid to late June you may be lucky to witness possibly a dazzling display of wild poppies and corn marigold flowers in the arable fields with the backdrop of Crantock Beach. Parking (with a charge) is available in the Bowgie Inn or the Car Park up the lane from the Inn. Keen walkers may wish to continue around the West Pentire Headland to Porth Joke. Also known as Polly Joke, a delightful suntrap of a beach, surrounded by low cliffs, some with sea caves, reachable by a stiff walk from the village. No lifeguard. A stream runs down the valley, and open fields lead right onto the head of the beach. Cattle from the nearby Kelseys, an ancient area of springy turfed grassland, rich in wildflowers, may sometimes be found drinking from the stream, particularly in early morning or late evening.
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