Walks in Southeast Cornwall

6 miles/9.7 km - Easy-moderate

Golitha Falls to Trethevy Quoit

A circular walk from the Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve to King Doniert's Stone, a memorial to the last King of Cornwall, and the prehistoric tomb of Trethevy Quoit, returning via St Cleer where the holy well is reputed to cure madness.

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.

2.9 miles/4.7 km - Moderate

Polperro

A figure-of-eight walk around the fishing village and headlands surrounding Polperro, passing the net loft perched above the harbour, the Victorian sea pool, the site of the mediaeval chapel and the route to the lighthouse walked by the blind harbourmaster.

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.

3.8 miles/6 km - Moderate

East Moor to Newton

A circular walk in one of the less well-known areas of Bodmin Moor to the summit of Fox Tor and through the prehistoric remains which date from the Bronze Age and Neolithic times, including the Nine Stones circle.

3.9 miles/6.2 km - Moderate

Cotehele to Metherell

A circular walk via the quays, woods, engine house and mills of the Cotehele Estate where by Georgian times the house had become a tourist attraction because it was so antiquated, and has changed little since.

4.3 miles/6.9 km - Moderate

Cardinham and Bury Castle

A circular walk in the tributary valleys of Cardinham Water to the remains of the Bury Castle hill fort where the ramparts are still over 14ft high even after more than 2000 years.

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 km - Moderate

Minions and the Cheesewring

A circular walk around the iconic landmarks at Minions, including The Hurlers stone circles, The Cheesewring and the engine houses of the South Phoenix Mine.

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.

5.3 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

Kit Hill to Kelly Bray

A circular walk in Kit Hill Country Park, given to the county by the Duchy to mark the birth of Prince William and where a midsummer bonfire is lit to celebrate the ancient Celtic Golowan festival

5.6 miles/9.0 km - Moderate

Rame Head and Cawsand

A circular walk around Rame Head - the southeastern corner of Cornwall - past the mediaeval chapel and the remains of a huge gun battery, now a nature reserve, on Penlee Point to Cawsand which was once the smuggling capital of Cornwall.

5.7 miles/9.1 km - Moderate

Mount Edgcumbe to Kingsand

A circular walk though the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park to Kingsand with views over Plymouth Sound including Drake's Island where Drake set sail to circumnavigate the globe, and the breakwater which Napoleon described as an engineering masterpiece as he left England on his prison ship.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Moderate

Pelynt and the West Looe Valley

A circular walk in the West Looe valley to St Nun's Well where it is said that if a bent pin is not left as an offering, clouds of piskies will accompany the visitor home and cause mischief.

3.8 miles/6.1 km - Moderate-strenuous

Sheviock to Portwrinkle

A circular walk to the beach and tiny harbour of Portwrinkle from the small village of Sheviock, thought to be Cornish for "abounding in strawberries", with a church abounding in mediaeval tombs.

4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate-strenuous

Gunnislake to Chilsworthy

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

Cotehele to Calstock

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.

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.

6.7 miles/10.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

Portwrinkle to Downderry

A circular walk around Whitsand Bay from Portwrinkle to Downderry which includes a mile along the beach at low tide.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

Talland Bay to Looe

A circular walk along the coast from Talland Bay to Looe, passing the pilgrimage site of Looe Island which Jesus was said to have visited as a child, and returning via the ancient Giant's Hedge in Kilminorth Wood and Talland's mediaeval church.

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.