Walks with a lower chance of being muddy in Cornwall

Enjoy the walks by being guided by the app

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Download the app and use it to explore the walks and to purchase a guided route.
Phone showing Google navigation to start of walk
The app will direct you via satnav the start of the walk.
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The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
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Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
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A map shows the route, where you are and which way you are facing.
Phone showing walk directions page in the iWalk Cornwall app
Detailed, well-tested directions are also included which follow you as you walk.
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Each walk includes lots of information about the history and nature along the route.
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Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need a phone or wifi signal during the walk.
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The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
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We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - £1.99 for a walk includes ongoing free updates.

Much of the route of these walks is on firm or sandy surfaces which is less likely to be muddy in wet weather than e.g. farmland or moorland. There may still be a few patches of mud here and there and possibly surface water after heavy rain so be sure to wear boots suitable for the season and weather.

  • 2.5 miles/4 km - Easy

    Botallack Head

    Botallack Head

    2.5 miles/4 km - Easy

    A circular walk around Cornwall's most iconic mining remains, used for the filming of the BBC's Poldark series

  • 2.7 miles/4.3 km - Easy

    Hayle and The Towans

    Hayle and The Towans

    2.7 miles/4.3 km - Easy

    A circular walk on the Towans at Hayle where Cornwall's beam engines were cast using sand from a prehistoric lagoon when West Penwith was an island. The walk is all on sandy ground or tarmac.

  • 3.5 miles/5.6 km - Easy

    Bude to Northcott Mouth

    Bude to Northcott Mouth

    3.5 miles/5.6 km - Easy

    A circular walk past the Sea Pool to Crooklets beach and along Maer cliff to the beach at Northcott Mouth where the shipwreck of the SS Belem is exposed at low tide. The route at the Bude end is on tarmac. The coast path and bridleway to Northcott Mouth aren't usually excessively muddy. At low tide, it's also possible to walk along the sand instead of the coast path to Northcott Mouth.

  • 3.7 miles/6 km - Easy

    Polzeath to St Enodoc Church

    Polzeath to St Enodoc Church

    3.7 miles/6 km - Easy

    A circular walk along the coast from Polzeath past a number of small coves to the vast sandy beach at Daymer Bay, returning through the dunes past St Enodoc Church which was once so deeply buried in the sand that entrance for services was through the roof.

  • 2.2 miles/3.6 km - Easy-moderate

    West Pentire and Polly Joke

    West Pentire and Polly Joke

    2.2 miles/3.6 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk through the poppy fields of West Pentire to Polly Joke beach, returning over the headland to "the pink pub" that was a cowshed until the mid-20th Century.

  • 2.5 miles/4 km - Easy-moderate

    Bodmin town and beacon

    Bodmin town and beacon

    2.5 miles/4 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk to the Beacon Local Nature Reserve, Jail and through Bodmin's historic centre. Most of the route is on tarmac. There's a fairly short off-tarmac section at The Beacon along an unsurfaced track and field edge to reach the Gilbert monument.

  • 3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

    Padstow to Harbour Cove

    Padstow to Harbour Cove

    3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk through Padstow's mediaeval network of streets to the church, the Elizabethan Manor at Prideaux Place and Tregirls Farm, with panoramic views of the estuary, returning along a mile of sandy beaches.

  • 3.3 miles/5.3 km - Easy-moderate

    Lanhydrock Gardens

    Lanhydrock Gardens

    3.3 miles/5.3 km - Easy-moderate

    A fairly short and easy circular walk through Lanhydrock gardens (note that you will need to pay an entry fee unless you are NT member) with plenty of picnic spots along the River Fowey that you can combine with a visit to the house.

  • 3.4 miles/5.4 km - Easy-moderate

    Wheal Maid and Poldice Valley

    Wheal Maid and Poldice Valley

    3.4 miles/5.4 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk in the area described in Victorian times as the richest square mile anywhere on Earth

  • 3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

    Watergate Bay to Newquay

    Watergate Bay to Newquay

    3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from Watergate Bay along the coast path to Newquay, passing the sea caves at Whipsiderry 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

    Watergate Bay to Porth

    3.6 miles/5.8 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk along the beach from Watergate Bay to the sea caves of Whipsiderry and Iron Age hillfort at Trevelgue head, returning past the clifftop tombs of Bronze-Age chieftans, with panoramic views of the Newquay coastline. The coast path section doesn't get excessively muddy and the rest of the route is on sand.

  • 3.9 miles/6.3 km - Easy-moderate

    Land's End

    Land's End

    3.9 miles/6.3 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk on the rugged cliffs at the most westerly point of the British mainland with spectacular views and spectacular wildflowers.

  • 5.3 miles/8.6 km - Easy-moderate

    Falmouth Town

    Falmouth Town

    5.3 miles/8.6 km - Easy-moderate

    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

    Rock to Polzeath

    Rock to Polzeath

    5.8 miles/9.4 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk across the dunes and headland between Rock and Polzeath returning via St Enodoc Church where Sir John Betjeman is buried.

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

    Widemouth to Bude

    Widemouth to Bude

    6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

    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.

  • 6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

    Daymer Bay to Padstow

    Daymer Bay to Padstow

    6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

    A figure-of-8 walk from Daymer Bay thorough the dunes to Rock, passing the once-buried St Enodoc church, before crossing on the ferry to Padstow, and returning along three miles of sandy beaches.

  • 4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    Holywell to Crantock

    Holywell to Crantock

    4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Holywell Bay past the remarkable sacred spring and along the coast to the sandy beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock, returning via the poppy fields of West Pentire and the Cubert Common nature conservation area. The walk is mostly on sandy ground. There is one tiny brook to cross on Cubert Common where the ground can be a little muddy.

  • 5.8 miles/9.3 km - Moderate

    Newquay

    Newquay

    5.8 miles/9.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk around the UK's surf capital which was transformed from a tiny fishing village with a few thatched cottages when, in order to export ore from the harbour, a horse-drawn tramway was built across Cornwall which later became part of the Great Western Railway.

  • 6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

    Holywell Bay to Newquay

    Holywell Bay to Newquay

    6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from Holywell Bay along the coast and Gannel estuary to Newquay, passing the beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock and the headland of West Pentire where there is a spectacular display of red-and-gold wildflowers in June.

Download the iWalk Cornwall app and use the QR scanner within the app to find out more about any of the walks above.