Walks in Cornwall with wild garlic

There is usually wild garlic (ramsons) along the route of these walks in the spring which is best foraged in March and April before it flowers in May and the leaves start to die back.

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. Wild garlic grows around Fenteroon Bridge and up the hill towards Fenteroon Farm.

3.2 miles/5.1 km - Easy

Poundstock to Penfound

A circular walk along country lanes, tracks and through fields to Penfound Manor - thought to be the oldest continually-inhabited ancestral home in England - from Poundstock church and gildhouse - the only surviving mediaeval church house of its kind in Cornwall. There is wild garlic along the path from Newmill to Penfound Manor.

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. There is wild garlic towards the end of the walk where the lane crosses the stream near Treforda.

3.8 miles/6.1 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. Wild garlic grows around the stream crossing, just before Mellingey.

3.8 miles/6.1 km - Easy-moderate

St Mabyn to Pencarrow House

A fairly easy circular walk from St Mabyn past the church and inn and through rolling countryside to Pencarrow House and its magnificent gardens. There is wild garlic on the return route, where the lane crosses the stream near Croanford.

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. After the tea garden at Menalhyl Yard there are vast amounts of wild garlic along the path and all around St Mawgan. As you leave St Mawgan, it starts to thin out after the first meadow, so make sure you do your picking before this.

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. Vast amounts of wild garlic grow along the banks either side of the path through the woods to Trelew.

4.6 miles/7.4 km - Easy-moderate

Helford to Dennis Head

A circular walk around the creeks of the Helford River and the small villages settled by Celtic monks from Brittany. Wild garlic is abundant in the woods near the end of the walk, just after Kestle Barton.

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. Wild garlic grows around Fenteroon Bridge and up the hill towards Fenteroon Farm.

5.0 miles/8.1 km - Easy-moderate

Grampound to Trewithen

A circular walk through the horticulturally-famous Trewithen Gardens from Grampound via the hamlet of Golden where the sundial and ornate windows of a farmyard barn give away that it was once a mediaeval manor prior to the Tudor monarchy confiscating the estate for harbouring a Catholic priest. Wild garlic grows along the lane through Golden.

6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

Dunmere to Grogley Halt

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. There is a huge patch of wild garlic just as you turn off the River Camel on the way to Nanstallon and then it's all along the lane from Ruthernbridge to Grogley Halt. There is less along the Camel Trail on the way back so you are best collecting it before you reach Grogley Halt.

6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

Widemouth to Bude

A circular walk from Widemouth Bay along the Coast Path though the Phillips Point nature reserve to The Storm Tower at Compass Point and then along the Bude Canal to Whalesborough, returning across the fields to Widemouth. Wild garlic grows in the woods beside the canal after the two locks.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Easy-moderate

Wadebridge to Polbrock

A circular walk from Wadebridge through the Treraven nature reserve, bluebell woodland at Hustyn Mill and meadows along the River Camel to Polbrock, returning along the Camel Trail. Wild garlic is abundant along the edge of the River Camel and along the Camel Trail where there is tree cover. In particular, there are vast amounts around Polbrock bridge and in Undertown Wood.

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. There are massive amounts of wild garlic in Carnanton woods, just after St Mawgan.

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. Wild garlic grows all the way up the Valency Valley and Minster Wood. There isn't much after you leave Minster Church so make sure you do your harvesting near the start of the walk.

2.8 miles/4.5 km - Moderate

Two Coombes of Lansallos

A circular walk from Lansallos to the coves of Lantivet Bay where farmers collected seaweed and sand to improve the soil and smugglers landed French brandy. Wild garlic grows alongside the path through the woods of West Coombe near the start of the walk.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

Coombe and Old Kea

A circular walk on the creeks of the Fal river network settled by Celtic monks where the ruin of a huge mediaeval church still towers above the trees Wild garlic grows along the woodland path as you approach Coombe from Halwyn.

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.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate

Lerryn to St Winnow

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. Wild garlic grows along the footpath through the Ethy Wood near the end of the walk after passing Ethy Mill.

5.2 miles/8.4 km - Moderate

Pendower Beach to Veryan

A circular walk from Pendower Beach to Veryan via Nare Head where, in Victorian times, an unhappily married fisherman lived alone the in cliff-edge cottage, lowering his boat on a rope over the cliff and returning once a week to Veryan to bring his wife fish. Wild garlic grows in the valley at the end of the walk along the footpath you join after Melinsey Mill.

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. Wild garlic grows along the footpath just before St Breock church.

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. Mind-boggling amounts of wild garlic grow along the lane from Fairy Cross towards the end of the walk. Although some also grows around Respryn Bridge, the Lanhydrock grounds are a very popular dog walking spot so picking there is not recommended.

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. Wild garlic grows along the path descending to Credis Creek.

5.6 miles/9 km - Moderate

Delabole to Lanteglos

A circular walk through bluebell woodland, fields and along back lanes from Delabole to Camelford's parish church at Lanteglos returning via the Iron Age forts of Castle Goff and Delinuth Camp. Wild garlic grows around the bridge over the stream just after Lanteglos Church

6.1 miles/9.9 km - Moderate

Dunmere, Penhargard and Bodmin Jail

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. There is wild garlic along the path from Bodiniel, just before the solar farm.

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. Wild garlic grows along the footpath through the Allen Valley from Lemail Mill.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Moderate

Castle-an-dinas

A mostly circular walk from the Castle-an-dinas Iron Age hillfort with 360 degree views across Cornwall, then into the valley to the River Menalhyl, followed by wooded paths lined with primroses, bluebells and wild garlic, and lanes with vibrant wildflowers. The footpath between Lower Trewolvas and Tresaddern is lined with wild garlic

7.6 miles/12.3 km - Moderate

Poldhu Cove to Cury

A circular walk via some of the mediaeval farmsteads on the west of The Lizard to the ancient churchyard of Cury from the coves of Mullion and Gunwalloe where the wrecks of treasure ships still lie. Wild garlic grows along the track from Lampra Mill and in the surrounding woodland.

5 miles/8 km - Moderate-strenuous

Kilkhampton to the Coombe valley

A circular walk though the wildflowers of the Kilkhampton Common nature reserve and woods of the Coombe Valley, returning via the remains of the Norman castle at Penstowe which consisted of a stone tower perched on the top of a steep hill but surrounded by two baileys, rather than the usual one, the reason for which is a mystery. There is a big patch of wild garlic beside the stream in Stowe Woods around the half-way point. Although it also grows in the Kilkhampton Common nature reserve near the start of the walk, picking it in the woods both protects the reserve and is less likely to have been visited by dogs.

5 miles/8 km - Moderate-strenuous

Lantivet Bay and Lansallos

A circular walk above the white sand crescent of Lantic Bay and the small coves of Lantivet Bay where a battle was once fought between smugglers and Customs men, and following an ancient cart track along the stream through the woods to the mediaeval church of Lansallos. Wild garlic grows alongside the path through the woods of West Coombe on the approach to Lansallos Church.

5 miles/8.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

Lerryn to St Veep

A circular walk from Lerryn, along wooded creeks and across fields, to the church of St Veep which is the only one in England where the bells were cast in perfect tune. Wild garlic grows along the bridleway from Cliff Pill and also along the verges of the lane just before re-entering Lerryn.

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Helford and Frenchman's Creek

A circular walk through the wooded valleys of the Helford River including the most famous - Frenchman's Creek - which is still as pristine as when it inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novel Wild garlic is abundant along the path from the top of Frenchman's Creek and in the woods near the end of the walk, just after Kestle Barton.

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. Wild garlic grows along the bridleway from Keveral Farm to Seaton.

6.6 miles/10.6 km - Moderate-strenuous

Inny Valleys 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. Wild garlic is abundant along the verges of the lane to Laneast. The walk involves a number of steep ladder stiles so take a rucksack that you can put your harvest into, so that your hands are free.

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.

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. Wild garlic grows along the Valency Valley. The largest concentration is right at the end of the walk, just before the car park.