Muddy’s best Boxing Day walks
Wrap up warm and go in search of your own winter wonderland! Here's where the Muddy team will be striding across Cornwall.
You know the festive drill – you’ve eaten your bodyweight in turkey, nailed an entire box of Quality Street, drunk approximately 8,000 units of wine, sherry, Champagne and Baileys and have been slumped on the sofa for three days straight. In the immortal words of George Michael (RIP), let’s go outside – ideally for a long, bracing walk around one of Cornwall’s prettiest locales. Grab your wellies and let’s go!
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 passes the Peterville Inn where you can book your lunch before a rather steep climb back up to the car.
Crantock, Polly Joke and Cubert (5km circular)
Another coastal stomp where if you get lucky you may see the seals! Start at Crantock (pit stop The Bowgie or C-Bay Cafe) 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!
Lost Gardens of Heligan (various)
Book in advance and take the whole fam – there is a lovely shorter loop which does well for wheels, or, if you’ve older kids, take the full loop down through the animals, right down through the woods to the jungle, round the boardwalk and back up to the woodland walk to see the Mud Maid. Drinks and food at the various Heligan cafes (you’ll need to book lunch).
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!
Roughtor and Brown Willy (10Km circular)
No pit stop here so you’ll have to pack your own but this glorious and rewarding stomp takes in the highest points in Cornwall and looks out to both coasts, plus, time your descent right at about 45 minutes before sunset and you’ll be able to watch one of Cornwall’s starling murmurations dancing and swooping in the field behind the car park. The moor is not for the feint-hearted though – wear boots, pack warm and waterproof clothes and keep your eye on the map.
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), with pubs at Zennor (The Tinner’s Arms) at the start / finish and Treen (The Gurnard’s Head) as well as Moomaid of Zennor cafe.
Marazion to Penzance (8km circular)
Start in Marazion where you’ll find the Marazion Hotel and Cutty Sark restaurant as well as several pubs. 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.
Porthscatho and Porthcurnick (3.5km circular)
Another coastal tramp, this time some rather easier coast path taking in the beach at Porthcurnick (where you’ll find the Hidden Hut for excellent takeaway) and the pretty harbour of Porthcurno. 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!
Harlyn via Mother Iveys and Boobys (6.5km circular)
Book lunch at The Pig at Harlyn Bay and before or after try this 6km coastal trot taking in several beaches and gorgeous views out over the bay. Boots advised, dogs on leads etc, and keep an eye out on the paths over the golf-course.
Cardinham Woods (1.5 miles circular)
The ancient woodlands of Cardinham Woods are just the place for an autumn outing with a real mix of trees. The Lady Vale trail is suitable for all types of wheels (except, we’d warn, kids scooters) and if you choose the anti-clockwise direction, starting by the toilets in the carpark, you’ll end on a downwards slope by Muddy award winning Woods Cafe (above), perfect for a cup of tea and slice of cake.