Walks with a good degree of shade in Cornwall

A substantial amount of the route for these walks is shaded by trees making them ideal for a leisurely cool stroll to avoid the direct sun during a heatwave.

  • 1.8 miles/2.9 km - Easy

    The Camelford Way

    The Camelford Way

    1.8 miles/2.9 km - Easy

    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/5.2 km - Easy

    King's Wood and Pentewan

    King's Wood and Pentewan

    3.2 miles/5.2 km - Easy

    A circular walk through the King's Wood Woodland Trust reserve to the lost port of Pentewan, along the trackbed of horse-drawn tramway that once carried china clay to the busy port and via the system of reservoirs and sluices that were used to flush sand out of the harbour.

  • 3.3 miles/5.3 km - Easy-moderate

    Lanhydrock Gardens

    Lanhydrock Gardens

    3.3 miles/5.3 km - Easy-moderate

    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.

  • 3.8 miles/6.1 km - Easy-moderate

    Lanhydrock to Respryn

    Lanhydrock to Respryn

    3.8 miles/6.1 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk through the mature broadleaf woodland in the less well-known areas of the Lanhydrock estate, through bluebell woods and along the River Fowey, past the mediaeval bridge at Respryn, built after numerous prayers for safe passage in the ford-side chapel, had not resulted in the desired outcome.

  • 4.7 miles/7.6 km - Easy-moderate

    Trelissick

    Trelissick

    4.7 miles/7.6 km - Easy-moderate

    A figure-of-8 walk along the creeks of the River Fal through the 300 acre estate surrounding Trelissick House

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

    Dunmere to Grogley Halt

    Dunmere to Grogley Halt

    6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk along the Camel valley from Dunmere Halt to Grogley Halt on the Camel Trail, passing the Camel Valley vineyard and the Boscarne platform where the Bodmin-Wenford steam trains depart.

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

    The Loe

    The Loe

    6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk around the Loe Pool, the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall, and along the Loe Bar, one of Cornwall's most treacherous beaches on which 100 of those onboard the HMS Anson drowned metres from the shore, motivating the invention of the rocket lifesaving apparatus that saved thousands of lives.

  • 7.3 miles/11.7 km - Easy-moderate

    St Columb Major to St Mawgan

    St Columb Major to St Mawgan

    7.3 miles/11.7 km - Easy-moderate

    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.

  • 2.6 miles/4.2 km - Moderate

    Boscastle to Minster Church

    Boscastle to Minster Church

    2.6 miles/4.2 km - Moderate

    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.

  • 3.1 miles/5.0 km - Moderate

    St Breward to Lank

    St Breward to Lank

    3.1 miles/5.0 km - Moderate

    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.

  • 3.3 miles/5.3 km - Moderate

    Luxulyan Valley circular

    Luxulyan Valley circular

    3.3 miles/5.3 km - Moderate

    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.

  • 4.8 miles/7.8 km - Moderate

    Luxulyan Valley to Prideaux

    Luxulyan Valley to Prideaux

    4.8 miles/7.8 km - Moderate

    A circular walk through the World Heritage site of the Luxulyan Valley and surrounding countryside, over the massive viaduct supporting a horse-drawn tram route to Newquay and along the leat that fed Charlestown Harbour.

  • 4.9 miles/7.8 km - Moderate

    Ladock Woods

    Ladock Woods

    4.9 miles/7.8 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from the woodland of The Duchy to the Holy Well of St Ladock in the river valley where in 1802 a gold nugget was found that contained enough gold to make an elegant necklace which is now in Truro museum.

  • 5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate

    Lerryn to St Winnow

    Lerryn to St Winnow

    5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate

    A circular walk to the creekside church of St Winnow along the River Fowey and Lerryn where hoards of Roman coins have been found on the river banks, and overlooked by the manor house that is thought may have been the inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows.

  • 5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

    Bodmin and Bodiniel - the two manors

    Bodmin and Bodiniel - the two manors

    5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

    A figure-of-8 walk through Bodmin's historic centre to the beacon nature reserve and through the woods at Dunmere to Scarlett's Well

  • 3.8 miles/6.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan

    Hall Walk from Fowey to Polruan

    3.8 miles/6.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular version of famous Hall Walk from Boddinnick to Polruan, recorded as a walk with "sweete senting flowers" in Tudor times and during the Civil War where a gun shot aimed at Charles I is said to have instead killed a fisherman who stood on the same spot moments later.

  • 4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Gunnislake to Chilsworthy

    Gunnislake to Chilsworthy

    4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk in the Tamar Valley at Gunnislake where Victorian canal systems, engine houses and tramways have been recolonised by nature and kingfishers rather than barges now journey up and down the river.

  • 5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Cotehele to Calstock

    Cotehele to Calstock

    5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk through the gardens of Cotehele to Calstock where Cornwall's largest Roman fort once stood, the Vikings allied with the Cornish to fight off the Saxons, and more recently railway wagons were lifted over 100ft by steam power from the quay to the top of the viaduct.

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