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Short Walks in Cornwall: Land's End and Penzance

Discover 15 of the best short walks around Land's End and Penzance. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on beauty spots and refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


This book can be enjoyed all year round, although some routes can be particularly muddy after rain. Trails that are busy in July are often deserted in November. However, several walks run along cliff tops and require particular care in strong winds. The West Penwith moors can be a forbidding environment in poor weather.


Penzance, Hayle, St Ives, St Just, Mousehole, Newlyn


Cornwall is a rural county with most footpaths rough and occasionally muddy. In this county of innovators and engineers, many gates and stiles are creative and may require a clamber. Expect some ascent on all but one of the walks.

Must See

Beautiful, rugged cliffs above turquoise sea; towering engine houses standing silent guard over post-industrial landscapes; miles of golden sand and irresistible fishing coves; atmospheric megaliths surrounded by remote moorland; centuries-old pubs providing cosy sanctuary from coastal storms
17 Jun 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x .50cm

Would you like to explore the best of Land's End and Penzance? This guidebook covers 15 of the best short walks in Cornwall (between 2.5 and 8.5km), including St Ives, Mousehole, Penzance, Newlyn, Nine Maidens, Mên-an-Tol, Pendeen Watch, St Michael's Mount, St Just, Gurnard's Head and Botallack Head. The walks are all under 3 hours.

Why choose this guidebook?

  • Easy to follow with clear route descriptions
  • Facilities, parking and highlights for every route
  • Ordnance Survey mapping
  • All routes are accessible by public transport
  • Information on local beauty spots and refreshment stops

Cicerone’s Short Walks guides contain everything you need to get outdoors and discover the best of an area. The routes are perfect if you’re new to walking or looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family. Let the adventures begin!

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Phil Turner Cicerone author PTURNER

By Phil Turner

Phil Turner lives in the Falmouth area and when not exploring the paths of Cornwall he works as an EMT and Mountain Leader. When this work takes him further afield he soon finds himself longing for the salty air (and pasties) of Cornwall.  An active member of West Cornwall Search and Rescue team, Phil spends many wet and windy evenings training the next generation of team members how to use a map and compass.

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