Coastal cures! 10 walks to blow away the cobwebs
Looking for a coastal stomp to welcome in 2021? Here are some of our favourites around the Cornish Coast Path.
Nanjizal Beach & Land’s End (5km circular)
The only way to view Land’s End in our minds, and with a trip to the secret beach of Nanjizal with the beautiful mermaid pool where you can take a restorative dunk too! Full route here from last year.
Crantock, Polly Joke and Cubert (5km circular)
If you get lucky on this route round the headland you may see the seals! Start at Crantock and follow the coast path round the headland, passing the beach at Polly Joke where little ones can splash in the stream / play on the sand, then head up the coast path the other side and round. You may want to modify with little ones who aren’t good near steep edges, and beware, it gets very muddy. Dogs on leads!
Trelissick, Nr Truro (North Woodland Walk 1.5 miles circular)
This is an easy, level walk alongside the upper reaches of the River Fal that can be accessed by parking in the main Trelissick National Trust car park and then spotting the signs for the woodland walk.
Wheal Coates and St Agnes (8km circular)
This coastal route has a lot of ups and downs but takes in far reaching views, the surfing beach at St Agnes and back through the village where you can pick up supplies if you need before a rather steep climb back up to the car.
Porthscatho and Porthcurnick (3.5km circular)
We love the Roseland and not just because it has some rather easier coast path walking. Various options round here to make it easier, or longer, with a few swimming spots too – if you fancy making it all day you can extend how far along the coast you walk. Good for kids and dogs, and if you stop at Porthcurno and walk back, even shorter!
Predannack to Kynance Cove (8km circular)
Instead of just parking at the carpark at the top of Kynance Cove and walking up and down to the beach, try starting instead at Predannack where you cross fields to reach the coast path, staying hugging the sea until you drop down into Kynance Cove, then back in land to where you started. There is a cafe at Kynance Cove, but it’s not clear whether they are going to be open for takeaways, so pack a flask to be on the safe side.
Calstock and Cotehele loop (5km circular)
Don’t just walk around the garden at Cotehele, add in this lovely 5km circular loop as well, parking in Calstock with it’s striking viaduct and views of the Tamar. Boots advised!
Zennor loop (6km)
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) – if you’ve done this one before, just varying the direction and starting with the road bit before back along the coast can be nice too.
Marazion to Penzance (8km circular)
Start in Marazion and head west along the Coast Path. The largely flat path is suitable for wheels of all types. You’ll pass the Bird Reserve at Marazion and then Long Rock beach before reaching Penzance. You can then retrace your steps back to Marazion, walking on the beach if the tide is out – heading over the causeway to the island is another option.
Fowey to Polridmouth
Start in Fowey and take the coast path which gives you two places for a new year’s dip (tides dependent) in two beautiful coves (Readymoney and Polridmouth) as well as far reaching views from St Catherine’s Castle.
Polridmouth Cove is known to literary fans as Rebecca’s beach in Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca. At the back of the beach is Menabilly estate and the Georgian mansion that was home to Du Maurier from 1943 to 1969.