Sip and stroll! Get your caffeine fix with a winter Cornish walk
Grab your bestie and your walking boots - we're taking you on the most gorgeous walks around Cornwall, many with sea air and some even with a cup of coffee en route.
The house and formal garden is closed until March but there’s plenty of the glorious estate near Bodmin to enjoy. The cafe by the playground is open for takeaway, so start or finish your walk with a coffee and a hot pasty whilst the littlies can enjoy the swings. Just don’t forget your hand sanitizer!
With The Hidden Hut offering weekend takeways, pick up your drink and takeaway lunch and then head either way along the coast path for a stretch of the legs – now it’s winter you’ll have the gorgeous Roseland peninsular’s clear waters and hidden coves all to yourself.
Two huge miles of open sand make Watergate Bay a favourite. One of the best places to walk then catch the sunset and the surfers as the light fades – just up the hill on the way back to the carpark you’ll find Wax, which is open for takeways.
Park on the beach and get straight out onto the sand – Polzeath is perfect for a quick run with the dog and kids when you all need some fresh air but can’t be faffed with a long walk to reach the sand. Grab your caffeine fix from the Beach Box Cafe in the carpark. Feeling energetic? Pick up the coast path and try the circular Rumps walk which you’ll find here alongside some other local options.
Walk through this chi-chi south coast sailing town and admire the views out over the river towards Polruan (if the ferry was running we’d suggest heading over there for a walk). Instead, grab some sustenance at the North Street Kitchen pop-up deli and then amble right through the town and out the other side where you can follow the road down to Readymoney Cove. Feeling like a longer stomp? Carry on along the coast path towards Polridmouth and Gribben Head.
You’re spoilt for choice in surfing mecca Newquay with beaches. Don’t fancy getting in the waves yourself this time? Caffeinate yourself with a mean flat white from Box & Barber and then either head up and out over to Fistral where you can watch the surfers, or down towards the harbour and the town beaches.
You’ll have to pack your own flask for these:
One of Cornwall’s most westerly beaches, found just before Lands End. Easy access from the carpark and a glorious expanse of sand. If you enjoy a run, Sennen makes a good start for a scenic 5km circuit but it also makes a very pleasant walk.
Near to St Austell, Porthpean is a beautiful little beach on the south coast with white sand and clear water where you could even partake in a little cold water dip if that’s your thing. Parking is a short walk away, or for a longer walk start at nearby Charlestown and walk along the coast path and back – Cornwall’s deep water harbour.
Miles and miles of sand for a lovely fresh walk – dogs allowed here too, so you can do a great flat walk along the sand at low tide, no need to climb any hills at all if you don’t want to, although we think it’s worth it for the view.
ROCK & DAYMER BAY
The flat sands at Rock make a great walk when the tide is about and are a favourite with dog walkers. Keep going past the lagoon and round the corner and you’ll reach Daymer (or drive and park in the carpark overlooking the beach). At the back of the beach are beautiful rolling dunes to explore, perfect for when the tide is in. Make it a longer walk by following one of our favourite autumn walks here – head up over the golf course to look at St Enodoc’s church where previous poet laureate John Betjeman is buried.
For a frosty sunrise walk you can’t beat Bodmin Moor, but you’ll need to pack your own sustenance, as well as dress sensibly – it can be pretty bleak but the climb is worth the reward as you can see both coasts as well as all the way across the county. Time your walk in the afternoon and get back to the Rougtor carpark around 30-45 minutes before sunset and you may be rewarded with the sight of one of Cornwall’s finest starling murmurations.