Inhabited since the Paleolithic period, Cornwall is a peninsula located in South West England steeped in historical culture, legends, mysteries, natural wildlife beauty, and breath taking landscapes.
Cornwall covers an area of 1376 square miles which heralds hundreds of worldwide renowned walking paths. A Cornwall Walking Holiday Map highlights several routes, from north to south west, with the number of miles and the recommended time requirements to enjoy the walk.
May to October is the popular time for walking holidays in Cornwall, but walkers venture along the coastal paths year round. A month by month description of the weather conditions and tourist populations is listed at West Country Walks.
Our selection of the top five coastal walks in Cornwall are….
1. Cornish Way
A 180 mile trail, stretches from Bude in the North to Lands End in the West, includes six separate trails and many heritage sites such as the legendary Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur and Merlin’s Case.
2. Camel Trail
An 11 mile walk, starts in Padstow and travels alongside the River Camel where the terrain flat accommodates individuals with mobility concerns.
3. Mineral Tramways
A series of trails, in Western Cornwall highlights the area’s tin and copper mining heritage.
4. Saints Way
A 28 mile walk from Padstow to Fowey, features holy wells, Celtic Crosses and churches left by early Christians as they travelled across Cornwall to mainland Europe.
5. St. Michaels Way
A 14 mile walk, starts in St. Ives near the ancient St. Michaels Mount and covers hidden valleys and Trencom Hill.
Tourists from every continent travel to Cornwall solely to experience a walking holiday. Cornwall coastal walking paths are ideally suited for family holidays, experienced and inexperienced walkers, and have numerous mobility friendly trails.