The great thing about walks in Cornwall is that you do not have to take a map, as the best walks tend to be along the Cornish Coastal path. If you are planning to do a lot of walking, it is of course worth getting the maps and guides to make it more interesting. We have done quite a lot of the coastal path, but not in one fell swoop, more like cut up into bite sized pieces.
So here are a few suggestions as to where you might like to stop for a stroll. There will usually be a National Trust car park.
1) Crackington Haven
In the far north of Cornwall, the walk is south from Crackington Haven. Crackington was once a port for landing lime and coal for the local lime kiln. Spectacular cliff, and cream teas at Trevigue Farm (NT)
2) The headland north of Polzeath
Park in Polzeath, and take the coast path north onto Pentire Head, and on to Rumps Head with its Iron age fort. You get good views across the Camel Estuary. In summer the tamarisk flowers are in bloom.
3) St Agnes Beacon and Chapel Porth .
Park at the NT car park at Chapel Porth (about 2 miles west of St Agnes), the walk is north up the coast past dramatic mine ruins (Towanroath Engine House and Wheal Coates Mine), then east to St Agnes Beacon, and back to Chapel Porth.
4) Carn Brea
To get away from Coastal walks try the walk round the distinctive rocky hill of Carn Brea. Between Redruth and Camborne, it was the home of a mythical giant
5) St Ives
Follow the coast path south from St Ives. Greenstone cliffs, coves cut into the cliffs, and spectacular sea ravines
6) Cape Cornwall
The old mining country stretches south from Cape Cornwall. The Cot Valley has some of the oldest mines in Cornwall, and the mines were packed very closely together, as can be seen from the number of shafts that were dug
7) The Tinners Way
If you want a little more exercise try the Tinners Way from St Just to St Ives, about 13 mile. It takes in both the coast, and the high moor. There is the problem of getting back to your car.
8) The Minack Theatre and beyond.
Follow signs to Porthcurno, its near Lands End, and park near the Mimack theatre. Visit the theatre and then walk westwards towards Gwennap Head, with its magnificent cliffs
9) The Pandora Inn and Mylor
The Pandora Inn is at Restronguet, near Mylor. From there you can walk south along the coast Admire Carrick Roads, said to be the third largest natural harbour in the world. Sometimes you will see large ships here, but nowadays it is mainly yachts. Mylor Yacht Harbour was once a famous naval dockyard.
West along the coast from Fowey taking you past Menabilly, Daphne du Maurier's Manderlay. You cannot get close to the house, but the path does cut through part of the grounds
11) Polperro and Talland
Park in the big car park on the edge of Polperro, then go down through to village to the harbour. Turn left along the coast and walk to Talland and back.
The walk in the other direction from Polperro and turn right is also very pleasant
12) The Trevaunance Trail - St Agnes
click for map and directions for the Trevaunance Trail
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