With the changing of the clocks, we have been blessed with glowing early starts and stunning sunsets. Though the weather may still be changeable, there’s nothing better than embracing the Cornish elements. Rain or shine, the striking Cornish landscape is the perfect place for a beach ramble, woodland wander, moorland hike or cliff top stomp. Better still, no where in Cornwall is ever that far away from Trevalsa Court Hotel.
Pendower to Portscatho
Cornwall is entirely encircled by the South West Coast Path. This makes planning a coastal wander really easy. The meandering walk from Pendower to Portscatho crosses clifftops, fields, hamlets of pretty cottages and quiet, winding roads. Park at Pendower in the National Trust car park, cross the river and begin the walk south, hugging the coast line. This walk finishes in the picturesque village of Portscatho, home to many homely pubs, secret coves perfect for picnics, or the famous Hidden Hut. Plan your walk on a Feast Night and you won’t be disappointed, but maybe don’t walk back in the dark…
Zennor to Gurnards Head
Arguably one of the most rugged and stunning stretches of the Cornish Coast. Granite meets the sea, protruding between colourful heather and sweet smelling gorse. A place of legend and magic, the mermaid of Zennor is a well documented woman – believed to have fallen in love with a local man after hearing his beautiful singing. If you pop into the church before you begin your walk you can see the famous mermaid chair, and get a real feel for the sincerity of the legend that hangs over the village. The walk itself crosses a little bridge which looks over the beach where the mermaid allegedly lived, and winds its way to the bright yellow Gurnards Head pub, which sits proudly over looking the headland.
Trelissick Woodland Walk
A beautiful amble, suitable for kids, dogs and the elderly as well as seasoned walkers! With lots of little lay-bys and carparks to choose from, you can begin the circular walk from anywhere near Trelissick house. The path takes you along the stunning river Fal, through shaded woodland and down to the King Harry Ferry. You can either take the ferry across to St. Mawes or continue your walk down the winding path through the dappled trees.
Mevagissey to Portmellon
The beautiful Mevagissey lies right on our doorstep with its picture perfect fishing port and winding streets. From here you can walk through the Portmellon Valley and the West Bodrugan Woods nature reserve. The sunlight filters through the trees and makes the path an absolute escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Just under 3 and a half miles will find you at the coastal village of Portmellon, a boat building haven where fishing vessels have been constructed for hundreds of years.
A favourite amongst locals for an evening dog walk or a Sunday stroll, Trevose Head is a circular walk that can be started from a number of locations: Constantine Bay, Booby’s Lane or Trevose Head Carpark. The route takes you across beaches, clifftops, past the working Lifeboat Station (which you can even pop into and have a look around), down to the idyllic Mother Ivey’s Bay (local legend tells of a white witch that cursed the land after a greedy family let the people of Padstow starve in the sixteenth century) and finally (in the summer season) to a delicious little ice cream van called Enid’s Ices, tucked away at the entrance to Booby’s Lane.