Walking is one of the best ways to really get a feel for Cornwall’s magnificent coastline. Each stretch offers something different, both in terms of the view and the terrain, so it’s easy to find walks to suit, whether you prefer a gentle stroll or something more challenging. Dogs are welcome too (tail-wagging adventures guaranteed).
We’ve pulled together our favourite spring walks in Cornwall to get you started. If you discover more you love, why not share your suggestions and we’ll add them to our list?
Discover spring in Cornwall
Spring is here and the land is waking up and bursting into life. Daffodils seem to be blooming almost everywhere you look and the trees are finally coming into leaf. Primroses and violets cover mossy banks and stone walls, while blackthorn blossoms in the hedges. Gorse, with its distinct coconut scent and vibrant yellow flowers adds a splash of colour to the landscape, a promise of what’s yet to come.
The weather can be changeable at this time of year, but we’re already feeling the benefit of longer, warmer days. And even days that seem unpromising at first can be transformed when the cloud lifts and the sun comes out.
Our favourite spring walks in Cornwall
The Hall Walk offers wonderful views of the Fowey Estuary. Passing through beautiful woodland and along the banks of the river, wildflowers are abundant here, and there are plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.
Crantock, with its golden sandy beach and sand dunes is always popular with families. It’s also a great place for birdwatching – look out for kittiwakes nesting on the cliffs, black-headed gulls and sand martins.
This four-mile circular walk offers spectacular views of the Helford Estuary. In late spring, you’ll see a carpet of bluebells and wild garlic in this area.
Legend has it that this was where the giant Bolster, who had been terrorising the village, was finally defeated by a young girl named Agnes. Each year in early May the villagers hold a pageant beginning with lantern procession, bonfire and barbeque before the story is brought to life using puppets and a 28ft effigy of the giant Bolster.
This is a great walk at any time of year, but it’s particularly lovely in spring as the trees come in to leaf. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a kingfisher down by the creek.
Spring breaks and walking holidays at Bosinver
Bosinver makes a great base for a walking holiday in Cornwall. Set in a hidden valley just outside St Austell, we’re just off the A390 and within easy reach of train and bus services.
Whether you’re a couple, a family or a large group, we’ve got a cottage for you. We have 20 award-winning self-catering cottages which sleep between 4-12 on our 30-acre farm, all with large, open plan living spaces and porch areas perfect for muddy boots! Several of our cottages also welcome dogs, so you can enjoy the joys of spring in Cornwall with your four-legged friend too.
Have you got any favourite spring walks in Cornwall? Share your thoughts below, tweet @Bosinver, or post on our Facebook page – we’ll look forward to hearing your suggestions.