The Coastline near St Ives
Cornwall is a paradise for the hiker or casual walker. In addition to its wealth of beautiful inland walks, Cornwall has 228miles/ 431kms of coastal footpath stretching from Marsland Mouth on the North Cornish Coast to the Hamoaze and Plymouth Sound on the South coast.
Whether you enjoy walking through picturesque tree lined riverside valleys or on rugged rocky clifftops, Cornwall is the ideal walking location for you.
For long distance hikers and walkers there is plenty of accommodation including hostels and camping sites available en route and for those of you who prefer less strenuous walking there are hundreds of short and circular walks to inspire you, giving you a taste of the beauty and uniqueness of Cornwall.
Cornwall Walking Trails
Cornwall has many walking routes and trails. The Cornish Way, although originally promoted as a cycling trail is also for hikers. The 180 mile (288km) trail from Bude to Land's End consists of 6 individual trails.
The Mineral Tramways Trails are an extensive network of multi-purpose trails which take you on a tour through Cornwall's history. There are 7 trails in this network. Each of these hiking trails in Cornwall is featured in the links below with details of that trail, a map of the trail and information on places to visit along the trail. Please click on a link to view the trail information.
The Cornwall Coast Path is the longest trail in Cornwall at 431km (228 miles).
The Coast Path at Marsland Mouth in North Cornwall
There are a number of long distance walking trails in the interior of Cornwall some of which cross from the North to the South coast. The Saints Way, in Cornish Forth an Syns, is one of these. The 38 mile path retraces the footsteps of the missionaries from the Dark Ages as they crossed Cornwall from Padstow to Fowey. The trail can be walked in short stretches from parish to parish for casual walkers or for seasoned hikers as a long distance walk.
The Camel Trail is another route popular with both walkers and cyclists. This stretches from Padstow on the north Cornish coast, following the magnificent River Camel towards its moorland origins at Poleys Bridge on Bodmin Moor.
Tehidy Country Park offers a range of walking trails with something suitable most abilities. A number of areas within the park are level and have access for wheelchair users. Tehidy Country Park is a free admission country park accessed from either the Camborne Redruth Area or from the North Cliffs between Gwithian and Portreath.
The Forestry Commission has a number of properties within Cornwall which have walking trails. These include Idless Woods, comprising of Bishop's Wood, Lady's Wood and St Clement Woods; Deerpark Forest at Herodsfoot; and Cardinham Woods, which have four walking trails within them, Wheal Glynn Walk, Lidcutt Valley Walk, Callywith Wood Walk and Lady Vale Walk.
Many towns and villages produce walking guides for their individual areas. One such guide is that published by Dorothy Gill-Carey of St Agnes which is reproduced here with her permission. It shows a number of fine walks in the beautiful parish of St Agnes. Please click here to view the map and walks (available soon).
For more walking & hiking locations in Cornwall see the list below the map.
Pub Walks along the Cornwall Coast Path by E Smith
Pub Walks in Cornwall by D Hancock
Short Walks from Cornish Pubs by E Smith
A View from Carn Galver by Bob Acton
Around the River Fowey by Bob Acton
Many of Cornwall's towns and villages produce their own walking trails. For more information enquire at local Tourist Information Offices.
The Ramblers in Cornwall www.ramblers.org.uk/cornwall
Stroll Back the Years St Austell www.strollbacktheyears.org.uk/
Map of Hiking and walking locations in Cornwall
Use the + scale on the left of the map to zoom in on an area. Click on a marker to see the name of the location and click the box to go to the information about that place. To zoom out click - on the scale.
(Google Map integrated by www.choughmountain.eu)
Hiking and walking locations in Cornwall
Hiking and Walking in Cornish
Things to do
Maps of Cornwall :
The Ordnance Survey publishes the Explorer series of maps which are
ideal for walkers.
Those covering Cornwall:
Map of Isles of Scilly:101 Isles of Scilly
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