10 of the best spring walks near you
It's National Walking Month! What better way to celebrate than striking out on one of these lovely lockdown-friendly circular walks across Cornwall.
We’ve kept things relatively easy and lock-down friendly in length (hikers we are not), which makes this round-up perfect for families wanting to enjoy a little socially-distanced stroll.
*Note – some carparks may be closed (e.g. as of 11 May National Trust carparks remain closed although they are planning a phased re-opening).
The Rumps, Nr Polzeath, moderate difficulty (2 miles long)
A two-mile circular walk along one of the most scenic stretches of the South West Coast Path past the iconic landmark The Rumps. Enjoy picturesque farmland, rugged coastline and one of the best locations for year-round sea-watching on Cornwall’s Atlantic north coast. The path is steep in places, some stony terrain and one set of steps built into the hillside. Check out the route here (plus three other local walks).
Pollyjoke and West Pentire, moderate difficulty (1-3 miles long)
The flower meadows at West Pentire will be in full bloom again in the summer – making a stunning backdrop to a lovely walk – but it’s still gorgeous at any time of year. Mostly relatively gentle but with a little bit of a steep pull back up from the beach, not ideal for those on wheels. Start at West Pentire and follow the coast path round the headland, or take the meadow straight down to the beach if you want a shorter walk. If you want to extend your walk you can make it a full circular walk, route here.
Fowey to Polridmouth, moderate difficulty (3 miles long)
A short circular walk from Fowey via Readymoney Cove and Polridmouth Cove with connections to Daphne du Maurier, taking in coast path and woodland as well as two beaches. Find the whole route here.
Zennor, Nr St Ives, Moderately difficult (4 miles long)
Salty air and fantastic views of the Atlantic, 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). Map here and you’ll probably need your walking boots.
Truro and the old Newham railway, easy (4.5 miles long)
Follow the river to the Newham quays, then join the path along the trackbed of the Newham railway which has been recolonised by wildlife. Reemerge by County Hall and into Truro itself. Route here.
Newlyn to Penzance, easy (2 miles long)
Starting at Newlyn harbour you can walk all the way along the promenade to Penzance, enjoying the views across Mount’s Bay to St Michael’s Mount. If you fancy continuing in a circle rather than retracing your steps, check out the route here.
Wadebridge to Padstow, easy (5-10 miles)
Pick up the Camel Trail at Wadebridge and head towards Padstow to catch the most beautiful stretch with views over the Camel Estuary. If you’ve kids in tow you might only want to walk a mile or two outwards before you turn around – its the old railway line from Bodmin to Padstow so it is pretty flat, just watch out for cyclists.
Helford Passage, moderately difficult (6 miles long)
With a variety of scenery, this walk has it all – rivers, gardens, country lanes and daffodil fields and, erm, oyster fishing! The walk follows the Helford River (think Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek), plus you pass some pretty gardens to bookmark for another time. Map here.
St Agnes Head & Beacon, difficult (3 miles long)
This route is hard but rewarding! Start at St Agnes Head, where you can see Trevose Head (near Padstow) and Godrevy Lighthouse, which is roughly 20 miles in the other direction. Follow the coast path and then up to the Beacon – a climb, but worth it – and back. Route here (along with some other routes you can walk or run).
Bude Canal, easy (4.5 – 6 miles long)
Britain’s most westerly canal can be found in Bude and its towpath makes a gentle stroll, perfect for those with wheels. Turn it into a longer circular walk taking in the coast as well with the route here.
And one bonus extra walk for those who wish for a lengthier outing, bring your own sandwiches and flask.
St Michael’s Way, Lelant to St Michael’s Mount, moderate difficulty (12.5 miles long)
One for more serious walkers or culture buffs. It’s the only path in Britain that is part of a European Cultural Route. It will take you the best part of a day. Map here.
Can you recommend a lovely local walk we haven’t mentioned? Please do – the comment box below is all yours!