Discover more of Cornwall on hidden walking trails

June 14th, 2016

Walking is a hugely popular activity in Cornwall and there are over 2,400 miles to explore on foot in the Duchy. Strolls along beaches, through gardens and estates and on countryside paths will show you the beautiful natural landscapes of the South West.

When staying at one of our cottages on a Cornwall short break, why not check out some of these walking spots that are a bit more off the beaten track so you can discover more of the beauty the county has to offer?

Mineral Tramways Trail

This network of paths across former mineral tramways are perfect for walking or cycling. Linking the harbour town of Portreath on the north coast to Devoran on the south, the line follows the route of horse-drawn tram roads. If you want a bit of a challenge on the journey, try the 2 mile link to Wheal Busy and Hawke’s Engine House which is steeper than the rest of the trail.

Copper Trail – Bodmin Moor

So called because the route has many disused copper mines that can be seen along the way, the Copper Trail is a popular walking route in Cornwall, stretching 60 miles across Bodmin Moor. The varied landscapes you will pass by on the walk are stunning, and the wild moor lands are great places for spotting birds, insects and maybe some animals.

Smuggler’s Way – Boscastle to Looe

An ambitious route that will take you across Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the highest points in Cornwall. Navigational skills will be required along this route, but for the less experience, you can break the journey into much shorter sections. There will be lots of stunning scenery from the highest location in Cornwall as you travel through unspoilt countryside from Boscastle on the north coast to the south coast and the seaside port of Looe.

Pendennis Point – Falmouth to Maenporth

A much easier route for all walkers is the 3.5 mile walk that takes you along the Roseland Peninsula and past three beaches separated by small headlands. Starting from Pendennis Point you can see up the River Fal, and as you journey south you will have wonderful views of the sea. From such a great vantage point on the headlands you might be able to see the wildlife and mammals that visit Cornish waters in the summer.

Photo by: Berit Watkin