Walking Holidays in Cornwall! A Short Guide to Walking Destinations in the Far South West of England

With the ongoing recession, Cornwall is set to be one of the most popular UK tourist destinations of summer 2009. Those who have visited the county before will be well aware of the abundance of rural, green and coastal areas with limitless rambling possibilities – but if you are new to the area the choice can be somewhat daunting. The truth is that wherever you go you will likely find somewhere beautiful to explore, but there are many areas are often forgotten but offer so much opportunity. So let’s go – walking holidays in Cornwall!

The Tamar
Many visitors overlook the Tamar because they tend to travel through it to their destination further west. This is a shame because it is one of the most stunning valleys in the Southern region and quite unique. Consequently, the valley has been named as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts dramatic forest covered valley sides, high cliffs, and great riverside walks. Culturally, the area has a rich past steeped in mining (due to the abundance of tin, copper, tungsten and lead) and strawberry growing (due to the temperate climate). Plus, if you don’t want to walk – you can catch the train along the valley from Gunnislake to Plymouth.

The Roseland Peninsula
The Roseland is situated on the south coast of Cornwall near the capital of Truro. It is a great destination for those seeking unspoilt and picturesque villages – and for those eager to escape the other more bustling Cornish towns such as Newquay and Falmouth. Aside from the more typical attractions such as fishing and boating – walkers will find that there is a great area to explore on the coast and inland – with an array of near-Mediterranean flowers to be discovered and places of historical interest such as St. Mawes castle.

The Lizard
The Lizard is famed for containing the southernmost point of mainland UK. Similar to the Tamar and the Roseland, the area boasts a unique ecology giving rise to a number of rare species such as the Chough (a red-beaked crow), the Formicine Ant and the Cornish Heath that grows nowhere else in Britain. Walkers can explore this flora and fauna at Predannick Nature Reserve and the Hayle Kimbro Pool – but are also likely to be drawn to the coast and Kynance Cove in particular.

West Cornwall Coast Path
Of course, choosing the nicest stretch of the Cornish coast to explore is something of a futile task, but the stretch along the West is particularly breathtaking. The area takes in such beaches as Carbis Bay and Whitesands which is popular with surfers. Attractive villages such as Mousehole and the town of Marazion offer a beautiful harbour and St. Michael’s Mount respectively. There is lots to do and see. Holiday Cornwall – Here I come!

Sarah Maple writes for holiday guide Cornwall and will also enjoy a holiday in Devon this year.