Cornwall is blessed with beautiful landscapes and is perfect for walkers and outdoor adventures. It is busy in the summer months when folk come from far and wide to enjoy the beautiful beaches and views, but some of this glorious county remains under the radar. Here’s our guide to lesser known wonderful local walks.
The Helford Village is the perfect start for this walk. To ensure you see the full beauty of Frenchman’s Creek, take the road down to the Helford Village. If you’ve read any Daphne du Maurier books you will recognise the pretty whitewashed cottages and river described. Cross over the bridge and towards the Shipwright Arms pub, then follow the sign for Helford Point and Ferry to get the best of the views. Back to the path and follow the sign to Penarvon Cove and up the hill to the left. From here you get views across the meadows down to Frenchman’s Creek. A perfect view of the Helford! Head back to the Shipwright Arms for a well earned lunch.
Nearby is Kestle Barton, an ancient restored farmstead. The gallery and gardens are open April to September.
A tucked away little village on the coast between Praa Sands and Marazion. Park in the public car park and explore this large expanse of largely deserted beach and climb the headland for lovely views. Perranuthnoe is home to the Peppercorn Kitchen – serving middle eastern and northern african inspired dishes. Cosy up near the woodburner after a walk and enjoy a healthy meal. The well known Victoria Inn is just up the main road if you prefer pub food.
A bit off the beaten track, the National Trust owned Cape Cornwall offers spectacular views – the car park has a small cafe and you can walk to the windy heights of the point to enjoy spectacular views across the English Channel. The cape is where the Atlantic currents meet and split going south to the English Channel or north to the Bristol Channel. The local area has an ancient golf course, a bronze age burial ground and remnants of a 4th Century AD chapel. The beach to the south is known as Priests Cove. Head back to St Just for light bites and delicious coffee at the Dog and Rabbit Cafe, behind the village newsagents.
Keeping to the far South West of Cornwall, the former tin mines between St Just and Pendeen village are perched right on the cliffs. Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, these form part of the set for the latest Poldark series. The walk is a short one at 1.6 km to see Bottallack Count House and amazing views of the old tin mine engine houses at Levant Mine.