Five awesome autumn walks!
Love the outdoors? Us too, so we’re thrilled to be launching our first ever Muddy Walk Week! Grab your friends or family and try our pick of the prettiest walks in Cornwall and beyond - all with dog-friendly pubs nearby.
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Feel like stretching your legs over the next two weeks? Us too! Making the most of your precious free time and getting out and about with family and besties is what we love to do on Muddy, so we’ve come up with five brilliant Autumn walks (with pubs en route or nearby obvs) so you can really enjoy your down-time.
We’re proud to say that our Autumn Walks are part of Joules’ Charity Month – 31 days of fantastic fundraising for their five charity partners. If you want to make a small justgiving donation to take part (a quid is great, and doable even for little people) click here. And please do instagram your beautiful walk or gorgeous pub (yes, you can be in it!) and hashtag with #joulesautumnwalks #mymuddywalks, because we’ll use the best images in our round-up feature.
Details of our favourite walks across all 22 Muddy counties are here so even if you’re going away you can stride out. Plus you can enter our Reader Treat and three lucky subscribers and their families can step out in £500 of Joules coats and wellies.
What else do you want, crisp dry days and blue skies? Don’t worry, I’m working on it.
WALK 1/ ZENNOR TO THE GURNARDS HEAD CIRCULAR, NEAR ST IVES
Distance and difficulty: Moderate, the circuit is just over 4 miles. Map here.
Good for: Families with teens – walking boots are advised for this route.
Why we love it: Salty air and fantastic views of the ocean, with half of the route following a coastal path (it skims the cliff edge at times so don’t forget a lead if your dog is going walkies too).
Towards the end the route you can take a stroll onto the headland and then inland towards the The Gurnards Head, a warm and brightly decorated pub with rooms. Beer and wine is big here, with a good selection of locally produced beers, and wine served by the carafe (we’ll take a large one, please).
The Gurnards Head, Nr Zennor, St. Ives, TR26 3DE
WALK 2/ ROCK & ST MINVER
Distance and difficulty: At almost seven miles, this gentle circular walk should take around 2.5 hours. For a shorter circular, you can cut directly across the famous St Enodoc Golf Course. Map here.
Good for: Panoramic views and pretty villages (Instagram catnip). Smaller kids, if you follow the shorter route.
Why we love it: The quirky history – the route starts at Rock car par, then follows the sand dunes to Daymar Bay and passes St Enodoc Church which was actually buried under the dunes for the early part of the 1800s. Rumour has it once a year a vicar was lowered through the roof to conduct a service!
At the end of the route (or start, if you need fuel), there’s The Mariners, recently taken over by Paul Ainsworth, the same chef behind Michelin starred No6 in Padstow. You can reserve a table on the first floor, but the ground floor is non-bookable, so great for drop-ins. Dogs are welcome on the ground floor too.
Paul Ainsworth’s The Mariners, Slipway, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LD
WALK 3/ HELFORD PASSAGE
Distance and difficulty: Moderate, just over 6 miles. Map here.
Good for: A variety of scenery, this walk has it all – rivers, gardens, country lanes and daffodil fields and, erm, oyster fishing!
Why we love it: The walk follows the Helford River (think Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek), plus there are some pretty gardens to stop off at if you want to en route, Glendurgan Gardens and Trebah Gardens – you can’t take dogs into these though.
Location-wise you can’t get much better than family-run The Ferry Boat Inn, which has a terrace overlooking gorgeous views, beach-side seating and for colder days, there’s a snug open fire inside. Foodwise, it’s all seasonal with super-fresh produce that come straight from the farm.
The Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage, Falmouth, TR11 5LB.
WALK 4/ ST MICHAEL’S WAY, LELANT TO ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT
Distance and difficulty: A moderate walk but at 12.5 miles it takes the best part of a day. Map here.
Good for: More serious walkers or culture buffs. It’s the only path in Britain that is part of a European Cultural Route.
Why we love it: St Michael’s Way crosses the county from the north to south coast and is so varied, taking in cliff paths, countryside, marshland and ancient monuments along the way. Take a fit friend along. I walked it with my mum last autumn and it was a great opportunity to spend the day catching up properly.
Nearby pub: Depending when you get hungry, there are a couple of good options. You can either pause for pizza en route at the stylish Una Kitchen or hold out for a pub with a view at the end. Godolphin Arms has a bustling restaurant that overlooks St Michael’s Mount and is popular for its fresh fish and classic British dishes.
Godolphin Arms, West End, Marazion, Cornwall, TR17 0EN
WALK 5/ GOLITHA FALLS, LISKEARD
Distance and difficulty: There are several walking routes through the nature reserve, including one with wheelchair access.
Good for: Families with children of all ages. The path is fairly flat and there’s lots to look at along the way.
Why we love it: Beautiful in autumn when the leaves are falling, Golitha Falls cascade through the valley, along a wooded section of the river Fowey. There are tree roots and trucks to clamber over and little river beaches around every corner to keep the kids entertained.
Nearby pub: Bodmin’s Blisland Inn is not too far away but may I recommend making it a morning jaunt. BBQ joint, Inkie’s Smokehouse in the Golitha Falls car park serves a menu of slap-up bacon sandwiches (try the Hillbilly, you can thank, me later), pancake stacks and fancy hot chocolates. You’ll need to do the walk a few times to work it all off but it’ll be worth it.
Inkie’s Smokehouse, Golitha Falls, Drayness Bridge Liskeard, Liskeard PL14 6RX