Riverside walks in Cornwall

1.8 miles/2.9 km - Easy

The Camelford Way

A short and easy circular walk from Camelford along the wildflower-rich meadows of the River Camel to the clapper bridge at Fenteroon, returning through the fields with views over the Camel Valley.

3.2 miles/5.1 km - Easy

Poundstock to Penfound

A circular walk along country lanes, tracks and through fields to Penfound Manor - the oldest inhabited house in England from Poundstock church and gildhouse - the only surviving mediaeval church house of its kind in Cornwall.

2.2 miles/3.5 km - Easy-moderate

Blisland to Lavethan Wood

A short circular walk from the village of Blisland through the churchyard, two stretches of the Woodland Trust reserve of Lavethan Wood and land which was once the estates of Lavethan and Barlandew manors, returning via the Holy Well of St Hyacinth and St Pratt.

2.2 miles/3.5 km - Easy-moderate

Hallwell Plantation to Lesnewth

A short circular walk in the tributary valleys of the River Valency through bluebell woodland beside a stream, and across meadows rich in wildflowers to the ancient Celtic churchyard of Lesnewth.

2.9 miles/4.7 km - Easy-moderate

Week St Mary to Penhallam

A circular walk from the Saxon village of Week St Mary through Ashbury woods, beneath the Iron Age fort, to the remains of the mediaeval manor of Penhallam which was only rediscovered in the 1960s, returning via the church, repaired after the pinnacle above the door was severed by lightning and crashed through the roof.

3.3 miles/5.3 km - Easy-moderate

Lanhydrock Gardens

A fairly short and easy circular walk through Lanhydrock gardens (note that you will need to pay an entry fee unless you are NT member) with plenty of picnic spots along the River Fowey that you can combine with a visit to the house.

3.4 miles/5.5 km - Easy-moderate

Jacobstow to Poulza

A circular countryside walk around the Saxon area of Jacobstow near Bude where an ancient mediaeval altar was removed from the church during the 16th Century and used as a footbridge over a stream, then used as a churchyard seat in Victorian times, and finally returned to the church in the 1970s.

3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

St Issey to Sea Mills

A circular walk from St Issey along the river valley, the Saint's Way to the creek-side church at Little Petherick, and along the creek to the tidal enclosure of Sea Mills, returning via two old Inns.

4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan

A circular walk from Mawgan Porth along the Vale of Lanherne, following the river Menalhyl to St Mawgan and returning past the 800 year old cloistered Convent where the sanctuary light has been burning for hundreds of years.

4.1 miles/6.5 km - Easy-moderate

Mylor to Flushing

A circular walk from Mylor along the creeks of Carrick Roads to Flushing which was named after a town in Holland when dutch engineers built the quays, and where ships' captains would keep a watchful eye over Falmouth Harbour from their tall houses.

4.3 miles/7 km - Easy-moderate

Tehidy Country Park to Deadman's Cove

A circular walk through the wildlife reserve and bluebell woodland of Tehidy Country Park to Deadman's Cove and the North Cliffs where many sailing ships were wrecked before the Godrevy Lighthouse was built.

5 miles/8.1 km - Easy-moderate

Camelford to Watergate

A circular walk from Camelford through bluebell woods along the Camel valley to the Celtic churchyard of Advent and the Neolithic remains on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

5.5 miles/8.9 km - Easy-moderate

Hellandbridge to Clerkenwater

A circular walk from Helland's mediaeval packhorse bridge along a lane lined with wildflowers which was once the main turnpike road into North Cornwall, passing above the fortified settlements that controlled access to river crossings during prehistoric times, and returning via the 14th Century church thought to be on the site of a Celtic church from the Dark Ages.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

Daymer Bay to Padstow

A figure-of-8 walk from Daymer Bay thorough the dunes to Rock, passing the once-buried St Enodoc church, before crossing on the ferry to Padstow, and returning along three miles of sandy beaches.

7.3 miles/11.7 km - Easy-moderate

St Columb Major to St Mawgan

A circular walk along the Vale of Lanherne from the mediaeval market town of St Columb Major, where Cornish Hurling is still played, to the riverside pub, church and convent at St Mawgan, returning through the broadleaf woodland of the Carnanton Estate along the River Menalhyl.

2.1 miles/3.4 km - Moderate

Bossiney to Rocky Valley

A short circular walk through the woods and canyons of Rocky Valley, past the ruined mills and labyrinthine carvings, and along the coast to the golden sandy cove at Bossiney Haven.

2.6 miles/4.2 km - Moderate

Boscastle to Minster Church

A short circular walk from Boscastle through bluebell woodland alongside the River Valency to the ancient Celtic churchyard and sacred spring at Minster, returning along the River Jordan, beside which Bottreaux Castle was once situated, and Boscastle's Old Road.

2.7 miles/4.3 km - Moderate

Trebarwith Valley

A fairly short circular walk exploring Trebarwith Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Cornwall. The walk includes bluebell woodland, panoramic views from both sides of the valley and the Trebarwith Nature Reserve.

3.1 miles/4.9 km - Moderate

St Agnes to Trevellas Porth

A circular walk along the stream of Trevellas Coombe where tin ore is still worked using traditional water power, past Stippy Stappy - the row of sea captain's cottages, and down the valley to the sandy beach of Trevaunance Cove with the remains of Victorian harbour which was demolished by Atlantic storms.

3.1 miles/5.0 km - Moderate

St Breward to Lank

A short circular walk from St Breward through ancient bluebell woods along the valley of the River Camel to the holy well, ending at the mediaeval church and inn.

3.2 miles/5.2 km - Moderate

Hayle Valley from St Erth

A circular walk from St Erth along the River Hayle, lined with wildflowers in the spring and summer, and returning with views over the Hayle valley which was once a lagoon separating an island of West Penwith from the Cornish mainland.

3.3 miles/5.4 km - Moderate

Badgall Downs

A short circular countryside walk off the beaten track on the Badgall Downs, crossed by the tributary streams of the River Kensey, to the mediaeval church at Tresmeer.

3.3 miles/5.3 km - Moderate

Luxulyan Valley circular

A circular walk following the leats and horse-drawn tramways through the World Heritage site of the Luxulyan Valley to the massive viaduct which carried the tramways towards Newquay and water to winch the trams up the valley with a huge waterwheel.

3.3 miles/5.3 km - Moderate

Port Isaac

A short circular walk in "Doc Martin Country" including the pretty fishing village of Port Isaac and the historic beach of Port Gaverne with birds-eye views over the harbour.

3.3 miles/5.4 km - Moderate

St Neot to Carnglaze

A circular walk along the River Loveny from St Neot and through the woods to the caverns at Carnglaze which were once used to store the Navy's rum, returning through fields with views over the Loveny Valley, and the church, famous for its mediaeval stained glass.

3.6 miles/5.8 km - Moderate

Delabole

A circular walk around Delabole past the slate quarry, along back lanes and tracks, and through fields and bluebell woods.

4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate

Blisland to Newton Downs

A circular walk from Blisland through Waterloo and across the Trehudreth Downs with panoramic views of Bodmin Moor, returning via the moorland brooks and downs of Newton and Metherin.

4.3 miles/6.9 kilometres - Moderate

North Hill to Hawks Tor

A circular walk along prehistoric trade routes in the Lynher valley from the village of North Hill where the granite was quarried to build Westminster Bridge.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

Castle-an-dinas

A circular walk through the ramparts to the centre of the Castle-an-dinas Iron Age hillfort with 360 degree views across of Cornwall, then into the valley to the River Menalhyl, returning along wooded paths lined with primroses, bluebells and wild garlic, and lanes with vibrant wildflowers.

4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

Porthtowan to Chapel Porth

A circular walk from Porthtowan, along the coast, valleys and woodland passing engine houses and other relics of Cornish copper mining.

A circular walk in the upper reaches of the River Valency above Boscastle, where author Thomas Hardy lived and met the love of his life, starting from the ancient Celtic church of Lesnewth to St Juliot church which Hardy restored.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate

Poley's Bridge to Blisland

A circular walk from Poley's Bridge along the Camel Trail past the old china clay driers to Wenfordbridge and crossing the De Lank valley and Pendrift Downs to Blisland, returning over the mediaeval river crossing at Keybridge.

5.1 miles/8.1 km - Moderate

Deadman's Cove to Red River Valley

A circular walk along a coast of shipwrecks and smugglers from Deadman's Cove to Hell's Mouth, past the collapse of the North Cliffs that went viral on YouTube, and returning through the nature reserve along the Red River Valley.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate

Slate quarry trail

A circular route around historic slate quarries which have now been reclaimed by Nature to the ancient quarry at Delabole which was the largest man-made hole in Europe for many years and is still worked, returning via the restored engine house overlooking Trebarwith Valley.

5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

Wadebridge to St Breock

A circular walk from Wadebridge on the Camel Trail alongside the Amble Marshes nature reserve then across meadows and wooded creeks to the mediaeval church of St Breock, returning via the woods of the Polmorla valley.

5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate

Lanhydrock to Restormel

A circular walk from the mediaeval bridge at Respryn along the River Fowey through the bluebell woodland of the Lanhydrock Estate to the circular Norman castle at Restormel which had a pressurised piped water system 700 years ahead of its time.

5.3 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

Little Petherick Creek and the Camel Trail

A circular walk via the Victorian obelisk overlooking Padstow, the creek-side church at Little Petherick and the tidal enclosure of Sea Mills, returning via the Camel Trail bridge which carried the railway that brought the first Victorian tourists to Padstow and Cornish fish to London.

5.6 miles/9.0 km - Moderate

St Clether to the Rising Sun

A figure-of-8 walk from St Clether past the ancient chapel and holy well, with views over the Inny Valley, to the Rising Sun pub near Altarnun, serving beer made from the moorland springwater by a local micro-brewery.

5.8 miles/9.3 km - Moderate

Hellandbridge to St Mabyn

A circular walk from Helland's mediaeval bridge through bluebell woodland and the fields overlooked by the Iron Age rounds at Pencarrow to the Norman church at St Mabyn, dedicated to the daughter of a Celtic King, and returning via the stump of the Neolithic Long Stone which stood for millennia until it was broken up for gateposts in 1850.

6.1 miles/9.9 km - Moderate

Dunmere to Penhargard

A circular walk along the River Camel from Dunmere through bluebell woods and fields to Penhargard, and along an ancient route lined with wildflowers to Bodmin's historic Jail.

6.1 miles/9.7 km - Moderate

Egloshayle to Dinham Bridge

A circular walk in the Allen Valley from Egloshayle though the broadleaf woodland alongside the River Allen past the mills of Hingham and Lemail, returning via the Celtic Three Holed Cross and the remains of Castle Killibury which from mediaeval Welsh texts is thought might be one of King Arthur's several castles.

6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

Boscastle to Rocky Valley

A circular walk from Boscastle along the dramatic coastline of islands and arches towards Tintagel, following the cascading river up Rocky Valley past the ruined mills and labyrinthine carvings and returning via the mediaeval churches of Trethevy, Trevalga and Forrabury.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Moderate

St Breward to Advent

A circular walk from St Breward past the granite pillars of Devil's Jump to the 8ft Celtic cross and ancient churchyard of Advent at the foot of the moors, returning via the remains of the mediaeval village of Carwether to the Inn used by 11th century monks to build the highest church in Cornwall.

2.4 miles/3.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

Morwenstow

A short circular walk at Morwenstow to the cliff edge hut built from driftwood in which Reverand Hawker smoked opium and composed poetry, returning along the river valley to the ancient Bush Inn where medieval monks would rest the night before continuing their pilgrimage.

3.2 miles/5.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Crackington Haven to St Genny's Church

A circular walk from the surf beach at Crackington Haven to the mediaeval church at St Genny's via the imposing Penkenna Point, where there are spectacular views of the bay and the secluded landing points used by some of North Cornwall's most notorious smugglers and wreckers.

4 miles/6.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

Warbstow to Treneglos

A circular countryside walk from the Saxon village of Warbstow to the Celtic hamlet of Treneglos in the tributary valleys of the River Ottery, where the North Cornwall railway once ran.

4.5 miles/7.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Rilla Mill and Plushabridge

A circular walk from Rilla Mill with views across Cornwall to the Cheesewring and Kit Hill, and along the River Lynher through the Colquite Woodland reserve and via medieval bridges to where the ancient mill stood until the 1960s and the leats can still be seen.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

St Neot Two Valleys

A circular walk from St Neot though the valley of the River Loveny, past a prehistoric settlement, through bluebell woodland and along the River Fowey, and returning via the church, famous for its mediaeval stained glass.

5.4 miles/8.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

Boscastle to Buckator

A circular walk along the coastline from Boscastle via the Pentargon waterfall to the seal colony at Buckator, returning along the Valency valley.

5.8 miles/9.4 km - Moderate-strenuous

Bossiney to Condolden

A circular walk from Bossiney through broadleaf woodland to the spectacular waterfall at St Nectan's Glen, climbing up to the burial place of a Cornish King, overlooking Tintagel, then back across the downs with views over Trebarwith Valley.

5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

Trewarmett to Tregardock

A circular walk to the remote sandy beach at Tregardock, returning along the coast path with panoramic views of Port Isaac Bay, through the wildflowers of Treligga Downs and via Backways Cove.

6.6 miles/10.6 km - Moderate-strenuous

Inny Valley from Altarnun

A circular walk around the valleys of the River Inny and Penpont Water to the mediaeval church at Laneast and the old bridge at Gimlett's Mill from the 15th century "Cathedral of the Moors" in Altarnun, set beside a 6th Century Celtic cross where churches and chapels had been throughout the Dark Ages.

6.6 miles/10.6 km - Moderate-strenuous

Pentewan Valley and Black Head

A circular walk from the lost port of Pentewan along the coast to the remains of the Iron Age fort overlooking St Austell Bay on Black Head, returning via the nature reserve that was once the King's wood and the trackbed of the horse-drawn tramway used for china clay and Sunday School outings.

2.2 miles/3.5 km - Strenuous

Trebarwith Strand to Backways Cove

A short circular walk from the long, sandy beach of Trebarwith Strand to the rugged rocky cove at Backways in which sea foam tornadoes form in windy weather, and returning over the massive headland of Dennis Point with panoramic views of Port Isaac Bay.

3.4 miles/5.4 km - Strenuous

Poundstock to Millook

A circular walk from Poundstock through bluebell woods along the river to the pretty pebbles and chevron-folded cliffs of Millook Haven and along the coast path with panoramic views from Bridwill Point.

4 miles/6.4 km - Strenuous

Tregardock to Dannonchapel

A circular walk from Tregardock, passing the long, remote sandy beach, to the ruins of the mediaeval manor of Dannonchapel, and includes one of the steepest and most spectacular sections of the North Cornish Coast path with vibrant wildflowers in spring and summer.

4 miles/6.4 km - Strenuous

Trewarmett to Backways Cove

A circular walk in Trebarwith Valley to beaches and the coastal slate quarries of Backways Cove and Trebarwith Strand, and Dennis Point, overlooking the bay and point opposite where the ships moored to be loaded with roofing slates which were also brought down the valley on a road covered with beach sand to stop the horses being flattened by runaway carts.

4.2 miles/6.8 km - Strenuous

Polruan to Lantic Bay

A circular walk along the coast from Polruan to the white sandy beaches of Lantic Bay, returning via Lanteglos Church and along the creek with panoramic views of Fowey.