Walks in Cornwall with heather

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.

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. There is a lot of heather around Trevellas Porth. The path crossing the headland from Trevaunce Cove often has nice displays of flowers.

4.2 miles/6.8 km - Moderate

Rosemergy to Gurnard's Head

A circular walk along the coast past the towering cliffs of Bosigran Castle via the white sand and huge boulders of Porthmeor Cove to the site of an Iron Age fort on Gurnard's Head, returning from the Gurnard's Head pub via the ancient Zennor Churchway. There are nice heather flowers on Gurnard's Head.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

Zennor to Gurnard's Head

A circular walk from Zennor along the coast via the sea-smoothed granite boulders at Porthmeor Cove to the site of an Iron Age fort on Gurnard's Head, returning from the Gurnard's Head pub on the ancient Churchway to Zennor. There are nice heather flowers on Zennor Head and Gurnard's Head

4.4 miles/7 km - Moderate

Kennack Sands to Carrick Luz

A circular walk on The Lizard from Kennack Sands where some of the oldest prehistoric finds have been made in Cornwall, including an entire lost Stone Age village which was uncovered by a gorse fire in the 1960s.

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. There is lots of heather along the return route from Kynance Cove including Cornish Heath which is only found on The Lizard.

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.

4.7 miles/7.6 km - Moderate

Predannack to Kynance Cove

A circular walk through the Lizard National Nature Reserve from Predannack to Kynance Cove along the rugged Serpentine cliffs where the "great silver ship" was wrecked in 1616 and more than 700 Spanish silver coins have so far been found. There is lots of heather along the return route including Cornish Heath which is only found on The Lizard.

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.

5.4 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

Cape Cornwall to Levant

A circular walk from England's only Cape, via the engine houses of Kenidjack Valley and perched on rock ledges at Botallack Head, to Levant Mine which had over 60 miles of tunnels beneath the Atlantic and now has a working restored beam engine.

5.4 miles/8.7 km - Moderate

Perranporth to Trevellas

A circular walk past the remains of Alfred Nobel's dynamite works to the red-and-yellow ore-rich cliffs above the wreck of the treasure ship Hanover, returning, via the spitfire base, along Perran Coombe where a 2 mile leat once carried water to power a massive waterwheel in a chamber within the cliffs. There is heather along the coast path from Cligga Head to the airfield.

5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate

Carn Brea and the Great Flat Lode

A circular walk along the Great Flat Lode, where the Basset family made their fortune from the rich mineral reserves, to Carn Brea where they built a hunting lodge balanced on a tor in the style of a castle. There is lots of heather on Carn Brea, and the stretch after the Basset Monument is particularly colourful when in flower.

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. There are nice displays of heather flowers around Wheal Coates and along the coast from here towards St Agnes Head.

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. There is a nice display of heather at Nanjulian.

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 Reverend 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. There is a nice display of heather around Higher Sharpnose Point.

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. There is a spectacular display of heather at Castle Point.

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 There is a nice display of heather around Higher Sharpnose Point.

4.3 miles/6.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

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.

4.5 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.

4.9 miles/7.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

The Strangles to Buckator

A circular walk along the volcanic coastline north of Boscastle including Cornwall's highest cliff, North Cornwall's largest grey seal colony and The Strangles beach with its spectacular arch known as the Northern Door. There is heather along the coast path from The Strangles to High Cliff.

5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate-strenuous

Portreath and Tehidy Country Park

A circular walk along the rugged North Cliffs hiding smuggler's coves such as Ralph's Cupboard, to the sandy beach and historic mining port of Portreath, returning via the bluebell woodland of Illogan and Tehidy Country Park.

5.4 miles/8.6 km - Moderate-strenuous

Zennor to The Carracks

A circular walk towards St Ives from Zennor following the Coast Path past the haunts of the legendary mermaid of Zennor to the islets of The Carracks, frequented by seals, and returning on the Coffin Path, along which villagers made their final journey to Zennor church. There is usually a nice display of heather flowers on Zennor Head.

5.5 miles/8.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

Rosemergy to Ding Dong Mine

A circular walk from the coast to the highest area of moor on West Penwith passing engine houses and prehistoric monuments and with spectacular heather in late summer There is lots of heather on the moor and the flowers are particularly vivid around the rock outcrops on Carn Galver.

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.

7 miles/11.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Crackington to Boscastle

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the Shipwreck Coast from Crackington Haven to Boscastle passing the largest seal colony in North Cornwall, the highest cliff in Cornwall and the long, sandy beach at The Strangles. There is heather along the coast path from The Strangles to High Cliff.

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. There is a spectacular display of heather at Castle Point.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Strenuous

Crackington Haven to Widemouth

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the Shipwreck Coast from Crackington Haven to Widemouth Bay passing the bluebell woodland of ancient twisted oaks at The Dizzard, chevron folded rocks and honeycomb reefs of Millook Haven and fossil beds of Wanson Mouth. There is a spectacular display of heather at Castle Point.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Strenuous

Portreath to Tobban Horse

A circular walk along the rugged coast from Portreath towards Porthtowan passing small coves and remnants of the clifftop mines beside the old RAF base, and returning via the horse-drawn tramway that brought fortune to Portreath harbour, where its "lighthouse" and "monkey house" remain from the shipping activity. There is extensive heather along the coastal side of Nancekuke Common.