Walking in Cornwall
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This guidebook includes routes to 40 day walks in Cornwall. From short, easy strolls to longer, wilder routes, there is plenty to appeal to both families and experienced walkers. The walks explore the interior and coasts, including walks through picturesque villages, old tin-mining areas and the Lizard and Land's End Peninsulas.
- There really isn't an off-season in Cornwall. The coastal walks are great at any time of year, as are the archaeological sites. Only Bodmin Moor is best left for the summer months.
- Good bases are St Just, St Ives, Porthleven, St Agnes, St Austell, Padstow, Boscastle and Bude.
- Most of the routes in this book are short easy walks following obvious paths and tracks, although a handful are more challenging. Walking boots and waterproofs are necessary, especially on exposed cliff-top walks, and for all the routes on Bodmin Moor.
- Must See
- Explore the amazing cliff-top paths of the Cornish coast. Discover signs of ancient man at scores of archaeological sites. Uncover the history of the Cornish tin mines. Stride out across the wildest parts of Bodmin Moor.
40 half to full day rambles on the coasts and inland hills of Cornwall are explored in this guidebook. Routes range from short, 2 mile strolls to long, wild walks of over 8 miles. With plenty of opportunities to combine routes together, this guide provides a wealth of variety for walkers of all abilities.
The guidebook is divided into 6 sections, including walks on Bodmin Moor (for which good navigational skills are required), the North Coast, Penwith and West Cornwall, the Inland Mining Districts, Land's End and the Lizard and Roseland Peninsulas.
Cornwall has a lot to offer walkers; stunning coastal scenery and long stretches of wild moorland, with quiet estuaries cutting through high and rocky headlands. Birdlife and wildlife, from choughs to falcons to seals are found throughout the county, as are historical sites from the neolithic, to Iron Age hill forts and a long history of mining. The towns and villages of Cornwall, from the popular spots such as St Ives, Newquay and Padstow, to quiet inland hamlets and tucked away fishing villages are also included and provide perfect bases for going out to explore the country.
Alongside the 40 walking routes, this guidebook also includes plenty of practical information on getting to and around Cornwall, as well as details on each walk's distance, timing, terrain, ascent and nearest town. Throughout the walk descriptions, there are details of places of interest along the way, as well as annotated OS maps and stunning photography. The result is an ideal companion to stepping out and exploring the best of Cornwall.
When to go
Using this guide
Walk 1 The Hurlers and the Cheesewring
Walk 2 Twelve Men’s Moor and Trewortha Village
Walk 3 Brown Willy from Priddacombe Downs
Walk 4 Brown Willy from Garrow Downs
Walk 5 Brown Willy and the source of the River Fowey
Walk 6 Rough Tor and Brown Willy from the north
Walk 7 Bray Down and Leskernick Hill
The North Coast
Walk 8 Sharpnose Point from Coombe
Walk 9 Crackington Haven to Dizzard Point
Walk 10 The Strangles and Cambeak
Walk 11 Boscastle
Walk 12 Tintagel and Willapark
Walk 13 Around Port Isaac Bay
Walk 14 Pentire Point
Walk 15 Stepper Point
Walk 16 Trevose Head
Walk 17 Kelsey Head and Cubert Common
Walk 18 St Agnes Head and Beacon
Walk 19 Godrevy Point, Navax Point and Hudder Down
Penwith and West Cornwall
Walk 20 The Hayle Estuary Nature Reserves
Walk 21 Wicca Pool and Zennor Head
Walk 22 Zennor Hill
Walk 23 Gurnard’s Head
Walk 24 Hannibal’s Carn, the Nine Maidens and Mên-an-Tol
Walk 25 Chûn Quoit and Castle
Walk 26 Pendeen Watch and the Levant Mines
Walk 27 The Kenidjack Valley and Cape Cornwall
Walk 28 The Cot Valley from St Just
The Inland Mining Districts
Walk 29 The Porkellis Engine Houses
Walk 30 Carn Brea and Piece
Walk 31 Redruth and Gwennap Pit
Walk 32 Carn Brea, Carn Euny, and Bartinney Downs
Walk 33 Sennen Cove and Land’s End
Walk 34 Around Gwennap Head and Porthcurno
Walk 35 Lamorna Cove and Valley from Mousehole
The Lizard and Roseland Peninsulas
Walk 36 Porthleven and Trewavas Head
Walk 37 Halzephron Cliffs from Cury
Walk 38 Mullion Cove and Predannack Head
Walk 39 Around the Lizard from Cadgwith
Walk 40 Zone Point
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
The Ordnance Survey Explorer series of maps (1: 25 000) are without a doubt the best ones to buy to help you follow the walks in this book. (The map extracts that appear within the routes are taken from the 1:50,000 OS mapping blown up to 1:40,000 (2.5cm to a kilometre) for greater clarity but are intended for planning purposes only.) The sheet numbers that cover the county are: 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112 and 126.
The OS Landranger series are useful for planning and when travelling by car, or perhaps on a cycling tour, but their lack of fine detail can make it difficult to follow a route when walking.
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Graham Uney runs his own mountaineering business from his base in Bampton, at the foot of Haweswater in the lovely Lowther Valley. Through his business he offers a wide range of skills courses for walkers and climbers. During the winter months Graham works for the Lake District National Park Authority Weatherline service, climbing Helvellyn every day as Fell Top Assessor to take weather readings and to write a report on snow conditions to help keep walkers, climbers, and skiers safe. He’s also a full member of the Mountain Training Association, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, and a full team member with the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team.
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