Cornwall Walks

Region in England, United Kingdom

Consisting of a dramatic landscape made up of rocky, jagged, and mist-covered shores, Cornwall is a fantastic destination to explore an ancient part of Britain that is steeped in natural beauty and cultural history. Well-known for its mild climate and seaside resort towns, much of the region is accessible by foot year-round, making it an ideal place to get off the beaten path on your next great walking excursion.

Countless day-walks can be found in the region that cater to all skill levels and will take you to interesting historical or cultural sites like Tintagel Castle (said to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur) or Land’s End (the southwesternmost part of England). For those walkers that want a taste of the extreme, 330.0 mi of the 630.0 mi long South West Coast Path - the longest national trail in the UK - can be found in Cornwall, offering a physically challenging and strikingly beautiful way to experience the Cornish coast. Whether you are a beginner walker or a seasoned adventurer, you can rest assured that you will find the perfect trail on your next walking journey in Cornwall.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Bude to Crackington Haven

South West Coast Path: Bude to Crackington Haven

Moderate
16.1 km
511 m
4.5-6h

Walking the South West Coast Path: Bude to Crackington Haven is a fun and beautifully scenic adventure that will allow you to experience the coastal areas of Cornwall. While out on the trail, you will traverse the rugged coastal landscape and make your way through the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a few steep climbs along the route; however, these are short lived, making the walk suitable for beginners and casuals that are after a bit of a challenge.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Crackington Haven to Tintagel

South West Coast Path: Crackington Haven to Tintagel

Moderate
20.0 km
872 m
6-8.5h

Walking the South West Coast Path: Crackington Haven to Tintagel is a beautifully scenic portion of a much longer trail that will take you around the southwest corner of England. While out on the trail, you will enjoy views of the Cornish coastline, as you meander through the Cornwall AONB on the way to the supposed birthplace of King Arthur. This is a one-way trail, so make sure to have your travel arrangements sorted before heading out on your adventure.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Tintagel to Pentireglaze

South West Coast Path: Tintagel to Pentireglaze

Moderate
20.4 km
826 m
6-8.5h

The South West Coast Path: Tintagel to Pentireglaze is a fantastic seaside adventure in the southwest corner of England that offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. While out walking the trail, you will traverse the rugged terrain of the coast and pass by charming villages along the edge of the water that offer the perfect place to sit out and enjoy the views. What a wonderful way to spend a day outdoors!

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Pentireglaze to Padstow

South West Coast Path: Pentireglaze to Padstow

Moderate
11.6 km
200 m
2.5-3.5h

Walking the South West Coast Path: Pentireglaze to Padstow is a beautifully scenic adventure along the Cornish coast that is only one small segment of a much longer journey around the southwestern tip of the country. While out on the trail, you will pass through charming seaside villages and enjoy beautiful views across the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to pre-arrange a pick up at the end of your walk, as this is a one-way trail.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Padstow to Mawgan Porth

South West Coast Path: Padstow to Mawgan Porth

Moderate
27.8 km
438 m
6-8.5h

Walking the South West Coast Path: Padstow to Mawgan Porth is a lengthy adventure that will allow you to fully experience the natural beauty of the Cornish coast. While out on the trail, you will explore the various bays, coves, and beaches that can be found within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Make no doubt about it, this is a long and tiring walk that is often split up into two days.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Mawgan Porth to Perranporth

South West Coast Path: Mawgan Porth to Perranporth

Moderate
26.9 km
416 m
6-8.5h

The South West Coast Path: Mawgan to Perranporth is another lengthy stretch of the famous long distance walking route that will take you along the southwestern coast of England. While out on the trail, you will experience beautiful coastal scenery and pass through charming seaside villages and towns that dot the landscape. This route is often split up into two parts; however, it can certainly be done in a single day if you can handle the leg work.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Perranporth to Portreath

South West Coast Path: Perranporth to Portreath

Moderate
19.3 km
473 m
4.5-6.5h

The South West Coast Path: Perranporth to Portreath is a lovely adventure on the Cornish coast that will allow you to experience the beautiful seaside atmosphere here. While out walking the trail, you will meander along the water’s edge, climbing up hillsides and passing through charming villages as you take in the views across the Atlantic Ocean. As this is a one-way trail and the area is poorly served by buses, you will want to arrange a pick up at the end of your walk.

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Open details for The South West Coast Path: Portreath to St Ives

The South West Coast Path: Portreath to St Ives

Moderate
29.3 km
603 m
7-9.5h

Walking the South West Coast Path: Portreath to St Ives is a fantastic adventure along the Cornish coast that may be long, but also offers some amazing views of the seaside. While out walking the trail, you will traverse the coast and make your way along the banks of the River Hayle before finishing off in the charming town of St Ives. Plan ahead and make your travel arrangements for the end of this lengthy one-way trail.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: St Ives to Geevor

South West Coast Path: St Ives to Geevor

Moderate
21.2 km
727 m
6-8h

The South West Coast Path: St Ives to Geevor is a fantastic oceanside adventure that will showcase the true beauty of the Cornish coastal areas. Departing the picturesque seaside town of St Ives, you will make your way along the shore and take in stunning views of secluded beaches and coves from atop dramatic cliffs. This really is an amazing way to experience the coast of England.

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Open details for South West Coast Path: Geevor to Land’s End

South West Coast Path: Geevor to Land’s End

Moderate
14.5 km
454 m
4-5.5h

The South West Coast Path: Geevor to Land’s End is a wonderfully scenic walking route along the coast that will allow you to explore the southwest corner of England. While out on the trail, you will enjoy lovely seaside views, walk past historical sites, and experience the rugged beauty of the Cornish coast. This is a one-way trail, so make sure to arrange a pick up or plan out your public transit route from the end point of the walk.

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