Walks in Cornwall with gorse

These walks usually have nice displays of gorse flowers in late March and April. The cococut-scented flowers can be used to make a cordial or flavour wine.

3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

Watergate Bay to Newquay

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Watergate Bay along the coast path to Newquay, passing the sea caves at Whipsiddery beach, the Iron Age hillfort on Trevelgue head and beaches of Porth, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne.

3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

Watergate Bay to Porth

A circular walk along the beach from Watergate Bay to the sea caves of Whipsiddery and Iron Age hillfort at Trevelgue head, returning past the clifftop tombs of Bronze-Age chieftans, with panoramic views of the Newquay coastline.

2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

Boscastle Headlands

A circular walk from Boscastle to Pentargon waterfall and Willapark coastguard lookout with magnificent views of the village and harbour from the headlands where the village women once gathered dressed in red to fool a French ship into fleeing from British army redcoats.

2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

Port Quin to Lundy Bay

A circular walk from the fishing village of Port Quin to the golden sandy beaches of Epphaven Cove and Lundy Bay with spectacular coastal scenery, via the cliff-edge folly on Doyden Point built as a gambling den.

3.9 miles/6.3 km - Moderate

Perranuthnoe to Prussia Cove

A circular walk along Mount's Bay from the large sandy beach at Perranuthnoe to the smugglers' coves at Prussia Cove, returning across the fields with views over St Michael's Mount.

4.0 miles/6.5 km - Moderate

Pendeen to Portheras Cove

A circular walk from Pendeen via the Geevor and Levant mines to the lighthouse at Pendeen Watch returning via the white, sandy beach at Portheras Cove.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

The Rumps to Polzeath around Pentire Point

A circular walk across the Iron Age hillfort on the twin headlands of The Rumps and around Pentire Point, with panoramic views of the Camel Estuary and the offshore islands, to the sandy beach at Polzeath.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

St Endellion to Port Isaac

A figure-of-8 walk from St Endellion to Port Isaac, via the estate of the ancient family of Roscarrock, who survived torture on the rack during Tudor times for being Catholic sympathisers, returning to the parish church, dedicated to the daughter of a Celtic king, on the ancient route which itself influenced the fervent adoption of Methodism in Port Isaac.

4.3 miles/6.9 km - Moderate

Crackington Haven to The Strangles

A circular walk from Crackington Haven, with panoramic views of the Shipwreck Coast, to the long, sandy Strangles beach, returning through bluebell woodland along the Ludon river valley.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

The Lizard and Kynance Cove

A circular walk along the Victorian Excursion route from Lizard village to the most southerly point and along the coast path to Kynance Cove with spectacular views, wildflowers, and wildlife including the Cornish Chough.

4.7 miles/7.6 km - Moderate

Fowey to Polridmouth

A figure-of-eight walk from Readymoney Cove past the Tudor fort and along the coast where Daphne Du Maurier lived to Polridmouth where the shipwreck inspired the end of her book Rebecca, and then along the mediaeval streets of Fowey.

5.0 miles/8.1 km - Moderate

Hell's Mouth to Godrevy

A circular walk following the coast from Hell's Mouth past the large grey seal colony at Mutton Cove and Godrevy lighthouse to the sandy beaches of St Ives Bay, returning via a pilgrimage route along the Red River Valley.

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.

5.5 miles/8.7 km - Moderate

Boscastle to Tintagel

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the dramatic coastline of islands and arches from Boscastle to Tintagel, rated as one of the top five walks in Cornwall.

6.1 miles/9.8 km - Moderate

Chapel Porth to St Agnes

A circular walk along the coast between the golden sandy beaches of Chapel Porth and Trevaunance Cove at St Agnes via the iconic engine houses of Wheal Coates, perched above the breakers.

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.

7.1 miles/11.4 km - Moderate

Coverack to Lankidden Cove

A circular walk on one of the most remote parts of The Lizard from Coverack to the white sand beaches of Downas and Lankidden Coves, where the serpentine underwater landscape provides some of the best snorkelling in Cornwall.

7.4 miles/11.8 km - Moderate

St Just to Nanquidno

A circular walk from St Just to Cape Cornwall and the Cot Valley where an ancient beach has been eroded from the cliffs at Porth Nanven releasing granite boulders resembling Dinosaur eggs.

7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

Trevone to Padstow

A circular walk to Padstow from Trevone beach, which tracks the route taken by sailing ships along the rugged Atlantic coast to the daymark at Stepper Point, past the infamous Doom Bar and the sandbanks of Hawker's, Harbour and St George's coves before finally reaching safe harbour in Padstow.

3.8 miles/6.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Morwenstow to Stanbury Mouth

A circular walk from Morwenstow along the shipwreck coast to Stanbury Mouth where only nature's by-the-wind sailors now run aground

4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

Morwenstow to Marsland

A circular walk from Vicarage Cliff along the coast path to Marsland Mouth at the Devon border, returning through fields to Morwenstow rectory, church and the Rectory Tea Rooms - the last stand of the Cornish cream tea before the Devon border.

4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

Port Quin to Port Isaac

A circular walk along the rollercoaster path from Port Quin, descending into Port Isaac, with spectacular views of the harbour, via the old houses of Roscarrock Hill including Doc Martin's, one with roof timbers tied on by an anchor chain, and the Sunday School with a bell from a shipwreck.

6 miles/9.6 km - Moderate-strenuous

Seaton to Millendreath

A circular walk in an area of Cornwall so off the beaten track that No Man's Land is a real place name and a breeding colony of monkeys live in the woodland, in a sanctuary set up by father of the classical guitarist, John Williams.

6 miles/9.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

Sennen Cove and Land's End

A circular walk from the white sandy beach at Sennen Cove along the towering granite cliffs via Land's End to the song of the sea cave at Nanjizal. The best way to see Land's End.

6.7 miles/10.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

Polkerris, Gribbin Head and Readymoney Cove

A circular walk near Fowey from the tiny harbour of Polkerris, past the daymark tower on Gribbin Head and along the coast where Daphne Du Maurier lived and based many of her books on, to the sandy beach at Readymoney Cove, returning on the Saint's Way.

9.4 miles/15.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

Port Isaac to Polzeath

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk from Port Isaac to Polzeath along the Rollercoaster Path to Port Quin, the golden beaches of Lundy Bay via the Iron Age hillfort on the twin headland of The Rumps.

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.

4.3 miles/7.0 km - Strenuous

St Gennys Church to Dizzard

A circular walk at St Gennys from the mediaeval church, via the smuggling routes though bluebell woods along the stream and an Iron Age clifftop fort crumbling into the sea, to some of North Cornwall's most remote coastline.

5.4 miles/8.7 km - 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.