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Cadgwith and Poltesco Trail

This circular walk is 2.5 miles in length and takes about 2 hours.

 

Walk quiet country lanes to the old serpentine rock works on the beach at Poltesco, then along the clifftops of the Lizard peninsula to the small fishing village of Cadgwith, where the film 'Ladies in Lavender' was filmed.

 

Ponies, a backward clock and a shoal of pilchards (not as hard as it sounds!) are some of the things you'll have to look out for here.

 

Falmouth Town Trail

Flushing to Mylor Harbour Trail

Owlman of Mawnan Trail

Prussia Cove Trail

Trelissick and Roundwood Quay Trail

Penzance Town Trail

A  walk through Falmouth town to the beach - 2.8 miles, which takes about 2 hours and is buggy-friendly.

 

The walk starts in Kimberley Park, with its fabulous play area, automata and pond. Then continues through the main streets of shops, cafes and pubs, past the harbour, through beautiful Gyllyngdune Gardens ending at Gyllyngvase beach.

 

You'll find out alot about Falmouth's fascinating history and be challenged to look out for some odd and unusual objects along the way.

Quite a long circular walk of 4 miles, about 3 hours, but with lots to see and do.

 

You can get to Flushing by car or take the passenger ferry across the harbour from Falmouth.

 

The first part of the walk takes the coastal path around Trefusis Point, with views across to Falmouth, St Mawes and St Anthony Lighthouse. After passing through Mylor Harbour (where you can stop for a drink or ice-cream) the route continues along Mylor Creek, then uphill through woods and field edges back to the village.

 

Tyre swings, boats and a skull and crossbones, among other things, to look out for.

This circular walk is 1.5 miles in length and will take about one and half hours.

 

Starting at Old Mawnan Church, where the legendary Owlman was once spotted, you will follow the footpath along the coast to secluded beaches at the mouth of the River Helford. Return along a stream valley and up through a field to the car park. An easy walk, but does involve stiles, kissing gates and steps.

 

The Cornish valley gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan (National Trust) are very close by, and the village of Mawnan Smith, with pub, village shops and artist studios.

A walk of 1.5 miles (about one and a half hours)and buggy friendly.

 

Stroll through Penzance's streets and gardens, passing historical old buildings, haunted taverns and bizarre architecture.

 

Starting from the harbour car park, the walk takes you on a circular route through the town using the smaller streets and terraces, so that you get to see the hidden gems of Penzance.

 

Look out for a severed head on a plate, Dylan Thomas and a dalek, among many other unexpected sights!

This walk takes about one and half hours and is 1.5 miles in length.

 

Prussia Cove has a rich history of smuggling and pirates, the most famous of them being John Carter, the 'King of Prussia Cove'. Their legacy can still be seen in the ruts carved in the rock, the old fisherman's huts and the smuggler's caves.

 

Charming and atmospheric. Best visited at low tide to get access onto the beach and see the caves and rockpools.

 

An easy walk but does involve some steep steps down to beach.

A woodland walk of 4 miles in length, which will take about 2-3 hours (it is possible to miss out a section of the walk to make it shorter).

 

The walk winds down through woodland, across a little bridge and along the banks of one of the River Fal's tributaries to the ironage fort of Roundwood. Look out for wildlife on the river and listen for the clanking of the King Harry Ferry.

 

National Trust shop, art gallery and cafe with very friendly little birds at the end of the walk.

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Holywell Bay and Polly Joke Trail

Quite a long circular walk of about 4.5 miles, but great to blow away those cobwebs on the North Cornish coast just South of Newquay.

 

Starting at West Pentire, an area of outstanding beauty with many species of wildflowers not commonly found. Not far into the walk, you reach the cove of Polly Joke, a quiet unadulterated sandy beach. Then a around the headland to Holywell Bay, a surf beach backed by huge sand dunes, caves and a river.

Make a day of it and spend some time on these two beaches. Try and arrive at Holywell at low tide to find the cave with the 'holy well' - a grotto-like series of pools contained in rocks tinted red and blue from the mineral rich natural spring.

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Padstow Trail

A circular walk, part in town, part in the countryside - 2 miles.

 

Padstow is a great little town with so many traditions and legends. The walk will take you through the narrow streets, past Prideaux Place and out into the nearby countryside where you will get amazing views of the estuary, beaches and hillsides. There are loads of great places to eat and drink, and award-winning pasties to try. If you have time, extend the walk and go along to the beautiful sandy beach at St George's Cove, or while at the harbour join in with everyone else having a go at crabbing.

 

Padstow does get very busy in the Summer months. If you can't park in the harbour car park where the trail begins, there is a large car park at the top of the town.

St Ives Trail

A circular walk, of about 2 miles - through the streets of St Ives and around the coast path.

 

St Ives has arguably one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Originally a fishing village, St Ives attracted many artists, drawn there by the amazing light. Look for artist's houses in the narrow streets of 'Downalong', seals on the coast path and a teddy bear's home near the harbour.

The trail takes about 2 hours, but why not stop off at Barbara Hepworth's sculpture Garden or Tate St Ives on your way?

 

Plenty of excellent places to eat and drink. Dogs are allowed all year round on Bamaluz beach.

 

Watch out for those 'chip thieves'!! (That includes your pasty and ice-cream too)

 

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