Walking in Cornwall – discover the South West Coast Path

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Cornwall is walking heaven.

Ok, so it’s not the place to come if your ideal hike is of the mountainous variety, but it does have some of the most beautiful views in the UK.


The South West Coast Path makes it easy to explore the Cornish coastline. Whether you’re looking for a whole day hike a Sunday afternoon stroll with the kids in tow. or something in between, there is certainly plenty to choose from.

The official website is easy to use and very informative. You can search for different types of walks (short, long, guided) and by special interest (wildlife, geology, culture, near a pub, etc), using their interactive walk search map. All the walks have a difficulty grading, and there are several that are suitable for buggies, pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. You can also hire mobility scooters on some sections of the coast path.


There’s lots of information on each walk, including useful information like the nearest carpark (and postcode for using Satnav), how to get there by public transport, whether there are loos or a cafe nearby, and which OS map you might need. You can take a look at a slideshow of photos showing views along the walk, and check out the highlights for any points of interest to look out for.

Well behaved dogs are welcome on the coast path, and spring and autumn are ideal times to explore with your four-legged friend, when they’re also allowed on many of the beaches.

If you decide to explore, let us know. We’d love to hear about the places you discovered and what you thought about them.

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