Walk in South Cornwall
Explore south Cornwall on foot – there’s plenty of walks surrounding Green Acres Cottages
Where to find great walks
South Cornwall is regraded as slightly more gentle for walks than the wild north coast. There’s often sheltered bays and uncrowded beaches interspersed with quaint fishing villages. A plethora of gardens in all shapes and sizes can be visited along the way and you’re usually not too far from the next pub or café.
The South West Coast Path stretches around Cornwall’s coastline and some great route recommendations can be found online. Fowey Tourist Information also have lots of information on local walks around the Fowey estuary and if you’re heading to the Roseland Peninsula, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then drop by the Roseland Visitor Centre in St Mawes and get advice on some of the little known pathways in the area.
Penpillick to Fowey
There are some fantastic walks within 5 miles of Green Acres Cottages. Head to Coombe National Trust car park and out to St Catherine’s Castle for some great views of the sea. There are also two quite secluded coves and you’ll pass ‘Manderley’ or Menabilly, home to Daphne du Maurier.
For a more challenging walk, Pencarrow Head near Lantic Bay may bring out the smuggler in you! Alternatively, discover the likely inspiration for the ‘ducks ditty’ and walk in the footsteps of Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame around the woodlands and creek at Bodinnick.
Fowey Hall Walk & the South West Coast Path
The ‘Hall Walk’ is possibly Fowey’s most popular path to tread and is available as a guided walk from the town from Easter until September. A circular route encompasses the riverbanks on both sides of the estuary as well as trips on the Bodinnick and Polruan ferries. It’s possible to reach Pencarrow Head and the woodlands around Bodinnick from the walk.
Alternatively cross on the Polruan ferry and follow the South West Coast Path towards Polperro and Looe. The walk can be steep in places but offers a real taste of south Cornwall’s beauty. However it may be worth taking the bus there and walking back!
Luxulyan Valley Circular Walk
From Penpillick heading inland, the Luxulyan Valley is a fascinating circular walk. The area is scattered with the remnants of the Victorian Industrial era. Following the Par River, a viaduct was constructed by Joseph Treffwry and connected to a horse drawn tramway serving to get China Clay from the valley to Par and Newquay. Rich in wildlife, there’s something to see year round.
Luxulyan to Charleston
Another route follows the viaduct at Luxulyan through to Charlestown. Following the leat that supplied water to the mines, the path joins the ‘Saint’s Way’ which actually stretches from Padstow to Fowey. Scattered with Celtic crosses, it was the road once travelled by Christians.