Walks in West Cornwall

4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

St Keverne to Porthallow

A circular walk through woods and meadows to Porthoustock and Porthallow from St Keverne, settled in the Dark Ages by Celtic monks trading with Brittany

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.

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.

4.5 miles/7.2 km - Easy-moderate

Kennack Sands to Cadgwith

A circular walk from Kennack Sands to Cadgwith Cove via the Poltesco valley where during Victorian times waterwheels and steam engines powered an industry producing large decorative pieces of serpentine but has now been recolonised by nature

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.

4.7 miles/7.6 km - Easy-moderate

Trelissick

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

4.8 miles/7.7 km - Easy-moderate

Marazion to Perranuthnoe

A mostly circular walk to Perranuthnoe beach from one of Britain's most ancient towns - Marazion - burnt down twice by the French and once more in a Cornish rebellion

5.3 miles/8.6 km - Easy-moderate

Falmouth Town

A circular walk around the thriving town of Falmouth which didn't exist until Elizabethan times when Sir Walter Raleigh suggested that the largest natural harbour in Europe would be a good place to build a port town.

5.8 miles/9.4 km - Easy-moderate

Rosemullion Head

A circular walk passing the National Trust's Glendurgan gardens and the equally spectacular submarine gardens of Rosemullion Head where fish dart amongst the brightly-coloured blooms.

6.1 miles/9.8 km - Easy-moderate

Feock to Devoran

A circular walk to the Victorian-engineered town of Devoran which was once the largest mining port in Cornwall, and along Restronguet Creek on the route of the railway that lead from the ore bins and smelting houses to the mines of Redruth

6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

The Loe

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.

6.4 miles/10.2 km - Easy-moderate

Truro to Roseworthy

A circular walk in the Kenwyn valley following the Kenwyn upriver from Truro's Victoria Gardens where the elaborate Victorian system of weir gates, a hydraulic ram and leats both maintained the fish pond in the gardens and provided drinking water for horses in the city centre.

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.

3.2 miles/5.2 km - Moderate

Hayle Valley from St Erth

A circular walk from St Erth along the River Hayle, lined with wildflowers in the spring and summer, and returning with views over the Hayle valley which was once a lagoon separating an island of West Penwith from the Cornish mainland.

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 miles/6.5 km - Moderate

Mylor and Restronguet Creeks

A circular walk along the Mylor and Restronguet creeks via the Pandora Inn, said to be once owned and renamed by the captain of HMS Pandora sent to capture mutineers from The Bounty, and where a passing-boat was kept to connect the post road between Falmouth and Truro, summoned by a bell on the other side of the creek.

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/6.8 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.

4.2 miles/6.8 km - Moderate

St Ives to Carbis Bay

A circular walk from St Ives through the Steeple Woods nature reserve to the monument overlooking St Ives Bay where the eccentric quinquennial ceremony of John Knill has been performed for over 200 years, returning along the coast via the white sandy beaches of Carbis Bay and Porthminster.

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.

4.3 miles/7 km - Moderate

St Ives

A circular walk at St Ives along the granite coastline and white sandy beaches which have inspired so many artists, through some of the most famous parts of the town including the harbour, The Island and The Tate, and via the church and holy well of Celtic girl Ia who, according to legend, was the first to settle here.

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 km - Moderate

Lelant to St Ives

A one-way walk to St Ives along the beaches from Lelant including the vast expanse of Porthkidney Sands, Carbis Bay and Porthminster Beach, returning on the coastal railway.

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.

4.5 miles/7.2 km - Moderate

Mullion three coves

A walk to the Victorian harbour of Mullion Cove via two sandy coves either side of where Marconi made history by achieving what was thought impossible by many of the scientific community at the time - the transmission of a radio signal all the way across the Atlantic.

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.

4.8 miles/7.7 km - Moderate

Lelant Saltings to Carbis Bay

A circular walk from Lelant following St Michael's Way along the vast stretch of beach from Porthkidney Sands to Carbis Bay, with views over St Ives Bay on the return route.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Moderate

Porthallow to Gillan

A circular walk up Gillan Creek from Porthallow via Nare Point where, during World War II, an elaborate decoy for Falmouth Harbour was created by Ealing Film Studios with fake railways, houses and explosive special effects.

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.

5.1 miles/8.1 km - Moderate

Deadman's Cove to Red River Valley

A circular walk along a coast of shipwrecks and smugglers from Deadman's Cove to Hell's Mouth, past the collapse of the North Cliffs that went viral on YouTube, and returning through the nature reserve along the Red River Valley.

5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate

Gunwalloe Coves

A circular walk from the Loe Bar to Dollar Cove passing the wrecks of treasure ships whose cargo still washes ashore, returning via the Halzephron Inn which still has a trapdoor leading to an underground network of tunnels used by smugglers.

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.

5.7 miles/9.2 km - Moderate

Coverack to St Keverne

A circular walk from Coverack to St Keverne, past the treacherous Manacles reef, known as the grave of a thousand ships, where at least a hundred wrecks have been recorded and over a thousand people have drowned.

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.

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.

6.1 miles/9.8 km - Moderate

St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes

A circular walk on the Roseland peninsula to St Mawes from the subtropical gardens of St Just church, along Carrick Roads where Europe's only fishery entirely under sail catch oysters using the traditional methods that have sustained their stocks.

6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

Mullion to Predannack

A circular walk passing the sandy beach at Polurrian Cove, the storm-beaten Victorian harbour at Mullion Cove, and along the cliffs of the National Nature Reserve overlooking Mullion Island, with vibrant wildflowers in spring and summer.

6.3 miles/10.1 km - Moderate

Helford Passage

A circular walk on the Helford River where the mild climate and south-facing slopes allow subtropical plants collected by Victorian expeditions to flourish in the gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah.

6.8 miles/11 km - Moderate

St Ives to Carn Naun

A circular walk from St Ives on the ancient churchway towards Zennor and returning along the rugged coast to Porthmeor where a Victorian cargo ship and the St Ives lifeboat were both wrecked and the ship's boilers are still visible at low tide.

7 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

Cadgwith Cove to The Lizard

A circular walk on The Lizard from the pretty fishing hamlet of Cadgwith Cove, past the Devil's Frying Pan, lifeboat station, restored Marconi wireless hut and the infamous lighthouse, to the most southerly point, returning via two ancient churches and the holy well dedicated to the Celtic Saint accused of being a werewolf.

7.0 miles/11.3 km - Moderate

Maenporth to Budock Water

A circular walk between the beaches in Falmouth Bay and where one of the most dangerous marine rescues of modern times took place, requiring the rescue helicopter to fly backwards.

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 releasing granite boulders resembling Dinosaur eggs.

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.

3 miles/4.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

Porthcurno to Penberth Cove

A circular walk with spectacular coastal scenery from Porthcurno to Penberth Cove, passing the famous wobbling boulder of Logan Rock and returning via the escape route from the wartime tunnels which housed one of the world's largest telegraph stations.

4.8 miles/7.8 km - Moderate-strenuous

Mousehole to Lamorna Cove

A circular walk following the coast from the historic fishing village of Mousehole through the Kemyel Crease nature reserve and around the towering cliffs of Lamorna Cove with views over Mount's Bay, returning along the route was that taken by the Victorian postman on his round from Penzance.

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

5.1 miles/8.2 km - Moderate-strenuous

Lamorna and St Loy

A circular walk visiting prehistoric stone circles, crosses and tombs and along the granite cliffs from Lamorna Cove to the sea-polished boulders of St Loy's Cove where sailors of a sinking vessel were able to climb to safety onto a large ship which had been wrecked there seven months before.

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.

5.2 miles/8.3 km - Moderate-strenuous

Sennen Cove to Nanquidno

A circular walk alongside the pristine beaches of Whitesand Bay, where huge shoals of mullet are still caught off the beach using the traditional seine nets in the way they have for hundreds of years.

5.4 miles/8.7 km - Moderate-strenuous

Porthcurno to Gwennap Head

A circular walk from Porthcurno, passing the Minack Theatre, St Leven's Holy Well, Porthchapel and Porthgwarra beaches, to Gwennap Head where the English Channel meets the Atlantic and the Runnelstone Reef has claimed so many ships that divers are unsure where the wreckage is from.

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.

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.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Moderate-strenuous

Porthleven to Rinsey Head

A circular walk from Porthleven to the cliff-edge engine houses of Rinsey Head and Trewavas where the under-sea mine, set out with tables and food for the annual Tribute dinner, is said to have been breached by the sea just minutes before all the miners were due underground.

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.