Port Isaac from the Coast Path
Walking and Hiking in Cornwall with Pictures
Cornwall Walking. Whether your on a fortnights summer holiday and intent on walking the entire coastpath or just out for a pleasant winter or spring stroll on the Moors, Cornwall offers great walking. Here are a few suggestions.
Padstow and the Camel Trail
The Camel Trail runs along 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 Cornish Coastpath The Coast of Cornwall, one of the most beautiful in England. From towering cliffs, windblown estuaries, superb surf beaches, fishing coves, harbours, to sheltered tree lined creeks, even an island topped by a castle. The Coastal Footpath makes so much of it accessible to the walker and hiker.
Pentewan Valley Trail Near Mevagissey. A shorter version of the Camel Trail, along a disused railway, traffic free, and level. 3 miles.
Penberth Cove to the Minack Theatre via Logan Rock.
A circular walk taking in some of the nicest cliff scenery in West Cornwall. 3 miles. Fairly strenuous.
Botallack and Wheal Owles Though it is difficult to image today Botallack once provided employment for over 1000 men, women, and children. In late spring the cliffs are a mass of bluebells and pink thrift.
East Cornwall The Hallwalk Fowey to Bodinnick and hence to Polruan. East Cornwall At any time of year one of the prettiest circular walks in Cornwall with wonderful views across the River to Fowey and down the estuary to Polruan. 2 miles.
The Strangles Boscastle to Crackington Haven North Cornwall
Wonderful walks are to be had in either direction along the Coast Path from unspoilt fishing village of Boscastle . Walk North to High Cliff, the highest point on the coast of Cornwall where you can look down on the wonderfully named Strangles.
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 to the surrounding moorland strewn with the remains of a thousand years of history. Another walk offering great views is from Minions to Cheesewring.
The National Trust in Cornwall
Today more than 40% of the County's Coastline is protected by the National Trust. There are 24 leaflets which feature detailed maps and are brimful of information on the history and wildlife, with superb line drawn illustrations . They are available from National Trust shops, or for a full list of titles telephone the Cornwall Regional Office (01208) 74281. To explore without them would be to miss out.
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Wear suitable clothing and footwear. Some sections are steep, and conditions underfoot may be loose. Though the route is generally well marked, have a decent map to hand. Take a mobile phone, but expect to have 'no signal' in places. Take account of weather conditions, note the forecast. Take account of the likelihood of encounters with water, such as river, stream, lake, canal, estuary, ocean or sea. Take account of the state of the tide. Don't find yourself cut off by an incoming tide. There is no such thing as a freak wave. You MUST expect very very large waves at any time.
If walking alone tell someone your route and when you intend to arrive at your destination for that day. Even at the height of summer you may well be fortunate to have a particular stretch all to yourself, with only the nature and wildlife for company.
Though local authorities, landowners including the National Trust, make sterling efforts to maintain public rights of way stretches may become overgrown particularly in late spring Beware paths, at any time of year, may be loose, muddy or slippery, contain trip hazards, br blocked, obscured by overhanging branches or undergrowth, or even disappeared altogether due to erosion. Stiles, steps and barbed wire fences. Cracks may have opened up, overhangs formed particularly along the cliff edge. Any walk may involve encounters with traffic, and unpredictable livestock.
In mining areas take particular care. Though the now ruined engine houses and spoil heaps of old mine workings are so picturesque they often hide a maze of tunnels and adits, any of which may have opened up due to subsidence.
Often paths skirt farm buildings or farmyards , or even make a detour altogether. Respect landowners rights to privacy. Keep dogs under control. Close gates and stiles. Please park in car parks not blocking field gates. Enjoy your walk.
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