Walking Cornwall

Cornwall, with its rugged coastline, picturesque villages, and lush countryside, offers some of the most breathtaking walks in the UK. For guests at Polzeath Beach House, the area within a 20-mile radius is a treasure trove of stunning paths and trails that showcase the natural beauty and rich history of this unique region. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a leisurely stroller, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of the top walking destinations you can explore during your stay.

The South West Coast Path

Polzeath to Port Isaac

Starting right from Polzeath Beach House, the South West Coast Path offers an exhilarating walk to the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac. This 9-mile stretch is moderately challenging but rewards walkers with spectacular coastal views, dramatic cliffs, and serene coves. The path winds past Pentire Point and The Rumps, offering panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. As you approach Port Isaac, you’ll be enchanted by the village’s historic harbor and charming narrow streets.

 

Daymer Bay to Rock

For a more leisurely coastal walk, head south from Polzeath to Daymer Bay, a beautiful sandy beach that’s perfect for a relaxing stroll. Continue on to Rock, a stylish resort town known for its water sports and celebrity sightings. This easy 2.5-mile walk is ideal for families and offers stunning views across the Camel Estuary to Padstow. Don’t forget to visit St Enodoc Church, the final resting place of the poet Sir John Betjeman, nestled among the dunes near Daymer Bay.

National Trust sites

Lundy Bay and Port Quin

A short drive from Polzeath, Lundy Bay is a hidden gem managed by the National Trust. This secluded bay is accessible via a scenic walk through woodlands and meadows, with stunning sea views along the way. From Lundy Bay, you can extend your walk to the tranquil hamlet of Port Quin. This area is less frequented by tourists, offering a peaceful retreat with picturesque scenery. The circular walk from Lundy Bay to Port Quin and back is around 4 miles and moderately easy.

 

Pentire Head and The Rumps

This walk, starting from the village of Polzeath, takes you through the National Trust-owned Pentire Headland. The path is part of the South West Coast Path and leads to The Rumps, an Iron Age hill fort with impressive views. This area is rich in wildlife, including seabirds and wildflowers, making it a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts. The circular route is approximately 5 miles and includes some steep climbs, but the views are well worth the effort.

Inland Walks

The Camel Trail

For those looking to venture a bit inland, the Camel Trail is a must-visit. This 18-mile trail follows a disused railway line from Padstow to Bodmin Moor, passing through Wadebridge and Bodmin. The section from Wadebridge to Padstow is particularly popular, offering a flat, easy walk with stunning views of the Camel Estuary. It’s perfect for cyclists and walkers alike, and there are plenty of spots to stop for a picnic or a cream tea along the way.

 

Bodmin Moor

A little further afield, Bodmin Moor offers a more rugged and remote walking experience. This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is steeped in history and legend, with ancient stone circles, tors, and panoramic views. One of the most popular walks is up Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall, where you can enjoy spectacular 360-degree views. Alternatively, explore the atmospheric ruins of the Minions village and the Cheesewring, a natural rock formation.

Family-Friendly Walks

Polzeath to Pentireglaze

This gentle walk starts from Polzeath Beach and heads towards Pentireglaze, a National Trust property. The route is about 3 miles long and takes you through meadows, woodlands, and along the coast. It’s perfect for families with children, offering plenty of opportunities for picnicking and exploring nature. The path is well-maintained and relatively flat, making it suitable for all ages.

 

Pencarrow House and Gardens

For a leisurely walk combined with a touch of history, visit Pencarrow House and Gardens, located near Bodmin. The estate features 50 acres of gardens and woodlands, with a variety of walking trails to choose from. The paths are well-marked and suitable for all fitness levels, making it an excellent choice for families. After your walk, you can tour the historic Georgian house and enjoy refreshments at the tea room.

Hidden Gems

St. Minver to Rock

This lesser-known walk takes you from the village of St. Minver to the coastal town of Rock. The route is about 3 miles long and winds through charming countryside and farmland. Along the way, you’ll pass St. Enodoc Golf Course and have the chance to spot local wildlife. Once in Rock, you can relax on the beach or take the ferry across to Padstow for a delightful seafood meal.

 

Port Quin to Doyden Castle

This scenic walk starts at Port Quin, a tiny hamlet with a secluded cove, and heads towards Doyden Castle. The route is approximately 2 miles and offers stunning coastal views along the way. Doyden Castle is a small, 19th-century folly perched on the cliffs, and it provides a perfect spot for a picnic with panoramic views. This walk is relatively easy and suitable for all ages.

Tips for Walkers

Wear Appropriate Footwear: The terrain in Cornwall can be varied, with some rocky and uneven paths. Sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended

Check the Weather: Cornwall’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to check the forecast before heading out. Pack a waterproof jacket and sun protection

Stay Hydrated and Bring Snacks: Many of the walks offer limited access to amenities, so bring plenty of water and some snacks to keep your energy up

Respect Nature: Cornwall’s natural beauty is one of its greatest assets. Stick to marked paths, take your litter home, and respect local wildlife

 

Walking in Cornwall is a delightful experience that offers something for everyone. From dramatic coastal paths to serene countryside trails, the area around Polzeath Beach House provides countless opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and explore the rich heritage of this beautiful region. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a gentle stroll, you’ll find plenty of inspiring routes to enjoy during your stay. So lace up your walking boots, breathe in the fresh sea air, and set off on an adventure in Cornwall’s stunning landscapes.