Walking Holidays in Cornwall

Walking Holidays in Cornwall. The Cottage is close to Woods, Moor and Coastal Footpaths

Walking Holidays Cornwall – Woods, Moors, Coastal Footpaths

The Cottage is a Perfect Base for Walking Holidays in Cornwall

The Cottage is ideally situated between the coast and moors providing excellent luxury accommodation for walking holidays in Cornwall any time of year. Our beautiful North Cornwall is particularly good for walking during Spring, Autumn and Winter when there are less crowds and walking becomes so much more enjoyable.

Excellent Facilities for Walking Holidays in Cornwall

The Cottage provides a laundry room equipped with a washing machine, tumble dryer and clothes horse. There is even a warm room to hang damp clothing. Outside is a vintage sink to wash your walking boots, plus hosepipes.  After enjoying your exhilarating walk, you can look forward to returning to the comfort of a warm cosy cottage where you can enjoy soak away any aches in a beautiful claw foot bath and warm your toes in front of a roaring wood burner.

Spoilt for Choice

Walking is great way to keep healthy and fit.  If you enjoy taking walking holidays you will be spoilt for choice whilst staying at The Cottage. North Cornwall has an abundance of exhilarating coastal foot paths, moorland and inland walks.

The National Trust Coastal Footpaths

The very popular South West coast path is just a 10 minute drive away and is recognised as one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide.

If you are fed-up with lolling around on holiday, with nothing specific to do, why not try walking sections of our coastal footpath along one of the UK’s most beautiful coastlines?  A great bonding activity for family, friends and dogs.  Each day you can cherry pick which section to walk for a daily dose of WOW factor. You have 39.2miles of coastal footpath between Bude and Polzeath to choose from.


The following is a list of our suggested walks that are just a few of the many available. For more walks you may also want to research the following websites:

  1. The South West Coast Path where you can enter The Cottage’s postcode PL15 8RL and it will show you coastal walks of all levels in the area
  2. For details of more walks visit:  I Walk Cornwall

In no Particular Order Here are our Favourite Walks


THE WILSEY FORESTRY. If you just want to sneak out for a quick walk with the Spaniels head up to Hallworthy (where you will find The Wilsey Down pub) and about 3 mins drive from The Cottage are two entrances to the Wilsey Forestry. You can park in either and walk through the forestry with your dogs.

WARBSTOW BURY  Our very own Local Ancient Hill Fort. Not the best known of Cornwall’s ancient monuments as is it well off the beaten track, however I recommend visiting the Warbstow Bury, which is less than 2 miles away from The Cottage. Here you can experience stunning views across to Dartmoor and get a feel for the expansive North Cornwall countryside. It is popular with families and dog walkers, some guests have even been known to walk there and back. Dog Owners: please be aware livestock can be grazing so please keep your dog on a lead.

Distance: 1.6 miles – 4 mins drive, 32 mins walk depending on fitness

Getting there: Head off towards Warbstow village (PL15 8UP).  As you leave The Cottage drive (or walk) towards the telephone box and take the road straight ahead along the country lane up over the hill to a cross roads. Turn left. Continue until on descending the hill you find a cottage on the right. The entrance to Warbstow Bury is on the left.

When enjoying Walking Holidays in Cornwall, where better to take in fabulous views than at Roughtor on Bodmin Moor

Roughtor, second highest point in Cornwall 10 mins from our luxury Cornwall holiday cottages

Bodmin Moor lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much of the moor is designated as ‘Open “Access’ under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) which means that you can walk just about anywhere providing you follow the countryside code of etiquette.

Full of mystery and intrigue the rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor featured strongly in Daphne du Maurier’s book ‘Jamaica Inn’

CROWDY RESERVOIR on Davidstow Moor

Good for bird watching and walking with dogs, especially if they love the water and less than 10 mins drive from The Cottage.  The banks, except around the Nature Reserve, are open for walking and picnicking and a bird hide, open to all visitors, is a pleasant 20 minute walk, from the car park along the north bank.

Getting there: map ref : LR200 140833  At Hallworthy, join the A395 (right) towards Camelford, just before the T-junction at the end of this road, turn left signposted Davidstow.  Pass over the cattlegrid on the moor. At the T-junction turn right, then first left heading into the wooded area, continue over the cattle grid and after a few hundred yards turn left to Crowdy Reservoir.


Also on Bodmin Moor, just 15 minutes from Trelash are the two highest points in the whole of Cornwall; Brown Willy with a summit of 1,378 feet (420m) above sea level and next door, Rough Tor, whose summit at 1313 ft (400m) is home to a Logan Rock, which gently rocks back and forth when pressed. Both Tors present walkers with a fairly challenging walk to the top, but are rewarded with fabulous views over North Cornwall and beyond.

Roughtor (pronounced Row-ter locally) provides stunning rugged landscapes of Bodmin Moor. Walk and explore the area around Roughtor and over it’s easily accessible summit, explore Cornwall’s highest land above sea level at Brown Willy.

Point of Interest: On the grassy banks of a stream near the car park is a lichen-bearded granite column of the Charlotte Dymond monument. Charlotte, a young domestic maid, one spring Sunday morning in 1844 was lured her to this spot by her fellow servant Matthew Weeks and, sadly, was murdered by him.

Roughtor Walk directions   From car park descend to go through gate and cross stream. Bear right over stile and stepping stones to reach the Charlotte Dymond monument; then return over the stile and bear right up the hill. Roughtor, to the right, is the biggest of several tors on the ridge ahead; Little Rough Tor is 300 yards left of it; another 300 yards left is Showery Tor. From the rocks at the summit of Showery Tor aim for the peak of Brown Willy ahead, following an obvious track into the intervening valley. Cross De Lank River, go through the gate and follow the track with waymark posts, up the left flank of Brown Willy. Cross over the stile and bear right, aiming for the summit.

Return to recross De Lank River; from here aim straight ahead for summit of Rough Tor. Return downhill to car park.

Walking holidays are popular in North Cornwall. Long sandy beaches and coastal paths are within 15 minutes The Cottage

Walking holidays are popular in North Cornwall. Long sandy beaches and coastal paths are within 15 minutes from The Cottage


Distance 1 mile
  Start/finish Lundy Bay National Trust car park, grid ref SX953795

The Coastal path around the Camel estuary is one of Cornwall’s most well known changing in character from quite soft estuary to the wild rocks of Pentire Point providing striking contrast. 


Distance 1 mile     Start/finish Boscastle car park, grid ref SX101912

Tintagel is most famously associated with King Arthur and the castle in his name on the headland. Between Tintagel and Boscastle you can access St Nectan and St Pirran. The Boscastle area was a favourite of Thomas Hardy, who wrote about it as Castle Boterel. He met his first wife, Emma Gifford, here in 1870. The coastal path is steep and strenuous but the views are well worth the effort – Boscastle has a number of good watering holes to receive and replenish the weary traveller. 


Distance 3 miles   Start/finish Crackington Haven car park, grid ref SX143968

This walks takes you from Crackington Haven’s sandy beach, to magnificent vistas of Cambeak headland and the cliffs beyond, before returning by the sheltered woodlands of Ludon Valley.  You will be exploring a stunning stretch of North Cornwall’s coastline.  Intriguing rock formations and varied wildlife.  Please note that Strangles beach is an amazing secluded spot  that has a very strong currents which can catch the unsuspecting bather off guard.


Distance 1 mile    Start/finish Rectory Farm Tearoom car park grid ref SS205153

A gentle cliff-top walk with breath taking views. Visit the beautiful Saxon church and Hawker’s Hut, the refuge of poet Reverend Robert Hawker who spent much of his time looking after shipwrecked sailors. The outcrops in this part of the county are brutal, so keep dogs under close control as the drops are unforgiving. On a clear day, Lundy Island can be seen out in the Bristol Channel. The Rectory Tea rooms are worth a visit for a welcome afternoon tea. 

  1. PORT QUIN, Nr. Port Isaac

Today,  Port Quin (Porth Gwynn, meaning white cove) is a near-deserted cove with a rugged natural harbour. Although calm and serene on a peaceful summer’s day, Port Quin is subject to savage storms in winter. In the nineteenth century one such storm wiped out the entire fishing fleet, causing the women to abandon their homes, which fell into ruin and disrepair. Only four houses remain today, all of which are National Trust owned.  There is a small car park in the cove, which can also be accessed via a very steep stretch of coast path from Port Isaac, a couple of miles away.

33 min (17.8 mi) via B3314 from Trelash

website:  Port Quin 

  1. TREBARWITH STRAND, near Tintagel, PL34 0HB     Busy during the summer with a pub on the cliff above (very handy for quenching a thirst!), but has stunning cliff top walks off to the right of the beach with views out to Gull Rock and up the coast to Tintagel.
  • Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 – excellent water quality.
  • This really popular sandy beach is completely covered at high tide, access is over rocks
  • A café opens during the main holiday seasons.
  • The Port William pub, on the cliff above, has beautiful views out to sea and Gull Rock. Good for sunsets.
  • Great surf for Intermediate and experienced surfers only
  • Totally dog friendly.
  • Another one of my personal favourites
  • Distance: 11.5 miles (20 mins) from Trelash
  • Website: Trebarwith Strand 
  1. NORTHCOTT MOUTH No 4 inThe Times Britain’s Best 20 Walks 13.8.16  

Getting there:   Near Bude EX23 9ED  Follow the A39 North bound to Bude (don’t go into Bude) then Stratton, follow the Poughill signs (on the left), in Poughill village turn left, and follow the minor road down to the beach.

Length:  6.5 miles taking in Sandymouth Bay, Duckpool, Coombe Valley and back to Northcott Mouth.

Start from the Northcott Mouth car park (National Trust Honesty Box)

The Walk:  Walk North along the cliffs passing Sandymouth Bay to Duckpool.  The walk then takes you inland (I haven’t done this myself part myself so I am just copying the walk details and leave it to you to decide whether to carry on inland and back to Northcott Mouth or turn round and follow the coastal path back.  The details as given in The Times is:  At Duckpool head inland along the road, cross the ford in Coombe and head towards Coombe Valley on the woodland track.  After a little more than ½ mile fork right (fingerpost) across the stream.  In 150m fork right cross the stream,  turn left then west through Stowe Wood then Stowe Barton lane opposite (blue arrow).  In 350m go left, then join the bridleway south to Northcott Mouth.

  1. SANDYMOUTH,Stibb, Sandymouth, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9HW  Distance: 16 miles (25 mins)

Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014 – excellent water quality.  When the tide is at its lowest, it is possible to take in the spectacular coastline between Bude and Sandymouth by walking the two miles along the beach. Returning by the coast path makes it a very pleasant, circular walk.

Sandymouth is a National Trust beach and has a large, manned, car park with 200 spaces at the top of the cliff. The walk down to the shore leads you through a quite steep and narrow path, with some steps, which makes Sandymouth unsuitable for those who are less mobile.

This lovely beach has its own waterfall and is serviced by a seasonal café, toilets and surf-hire.

Dog Friendly all year round 

Website: Sandymouth Beach

  1. THE CAMEL TRAIL– The Wadebridge to Padstow Trail  (Dog Friendly )

I highly recommend this scenic multi-use trail, very popular with cyclists and walkers of all abilities and ages, especially loved by families.   As a former railway line there are no inclines along the 18 mile route, split into 3 manageable sections, perfect for all cyclists, families, dog walkers

I particularly like the Wadebridge to Padstow section (5.5 miles one way) for its breathtaking waterside vistas.   Join this section at Eddystone Rd, Wadebridge PL27 7AL

Distance from Trelash: 19 miles (30 mins)

The other two sections of the Trail are:

Bodmin to Wendford Bridge is 10,600m long and caters for  beginners / novices. This section travels through woodland, clothing the riverbank, and skirts the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Wadebridge to Bodmin is 10,600m long.   Between Wadebridge and Bodmin the route passes through some magnificent woodland, clothing the river bank.  Note that at the Wadebridge end there is an on-road section through the town.

Website:  The Camel Trail

10.  ROCKY VALLEY  Bossiney, near Tintagel, PL34 0BB  9 miles (16 mins).

A beautiful valley carved by Trevillet River. Slate canyon walls tower over 70 feet above the river below. Along the path to the sea are early Bronze Age (1800-1400 BC) rock carvings.   One of my personal favourite walks Rocky Valley Walk


A leisurely 5.6 miles / 9 km walk     Allow 4 hours.

The walks starts at the Bude Tourist Information Centre The Crescent Bude Cornwall EX23 8LE

Distance from The Cottage: 13 miles (20 mins drive)

This is a walk my family enjoyed many times when I was a child, taken only when my parents could afford to take time away from our busy working farm. The walk has proved to be a favourite for couples, families and dogs, as it is a fairly leisurely trail. For dog owners it is great as the walk passes through a beach and past pubs where dogs are welcome.

If you have time to spare, on a sunny day pack a picnic for a leisurely lunch at the canal side, where you can sit and watch the boats pass by, or for the more adventurous, hire a boat and take your picnic further up stream.

The Walk: Begin alongside the canal adjacent to the Bude Tourist Information Centre. Walk inland along the towpath with the water on your right. Continue through the gates passing resting post Lestriva (meaning shipyard in Cornish). Soon after pass Bude Marshes (left) and resting post Godhvewnans (meaning wildlife in Cornish). Continue past Truscotts Bridge (crossing the River Neet) and resting post Krowshyns (crossroads). After passing resting post Nans Bud (Bude Valley) you will see the Bude mile-post.

Go through the gate and cross Rodds Bridge. Continue along the canal bank passing resting post Avon (river). The water is now on your left. Pass resting post Gwdhyel (woodland). Stay on the tow path and pass the second lock gate and weir. Pass resting post Skathow-Kibel (tub boats) and turn right through a gate just before the bridge signposted Widemouth Bay.

Walk around the perimeter of the lake (which is used to breed fish to stock the canal). Ahead you will see the Weir Café. Turn left through a gateway leading to fields and follow the path up towards the hedge on the far right with a gate.  Cross the next field towards the left of the trees on the skyline. Go through the gate, keep left and pass through another gate ahead.

Head across the next field and enjoying extensive views of Widemouth Bay and the coast. Go through the gap in the far hedge following the right edge of the field to a roadside gate. Cross the main road and bear right to join the Coast Path with the sea now be on your left. Please keep to the path as the cliff edges are often dangerously undermined.

Follow the way marker posts (views over the rugged coastline and town). Continue on the coast path. Go through a kissing gate and into the cliff top fields and then a second kissing gate entering Efford Down. Head for the gap in the next hedge. Bear left up the hill to the trig-mark (a concrete pillar used for triangulation) on the highest point.

Walk down the hill to a kissing gate in the stone field boundary. Follow the path to the Pepper Pot on Compass Point. The land may be fenced off to allow grazing but is always accessible to walkers. Proceed downhill to the waymarker above the Breakwater. Turn right along the path and go through the gate signed ‘Town Centre’. Go down the steps and cross the sea-lock gates.

Walk along the canal with the water on your right. After passing several craft workshops units, cafes and shops you can either bear left towards the town centre or continue ahead to the Tourist Information Centre.

Walking Holidays in Cornwall

  1. ST NECTANS GLEN,Trethevy, Tintagel, PL34 0HL  Tel: 01840 779538 8.6 miles (15 mins) St Nectans Glen

Here you can walk to a Waterfall & Hermitage through ancient woodland along a river bank.  Rare plants here make it a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A really lovely walk – another personal favourite 

  1. LYDFORD GORGE, Lydford, between Tavistock and Okehampton EX20 4BH    The deepest gorge in the South West, with a spectacular 30m waterfall.  Excellent bird spotting.

Listed as No 14  in The Times Britain’s Best 20 Walks 13.8.16.

This 2 mile walk – can be steep and slippery, misty and cold on inclement days. Lydford Gorge is a cleft of wild streams and waterfalls in the western part of Dartmoor. A cool, tranquil area dripping with ferns and mosses.  National trust owned, the canyon has been well maintained, with the crystal clear River Lyd winding through the gorge under bridges and through rapids.   Make your way to the White Lady waterfall and the roaring and swirling Devil’s Cauldron.

The Walk:  There are several to choose from.  For the Gorge walk round the whole gorge, following the way marked path.

Facilities:  National Trust tea room.

Getting there:  EX20 4BH 1 mile west off the A386 opposite the Dartmoor Inn. Main entrance at the west end of Lydford village, with the waterfall entrance near Manor Farm.

Distance: 25 miles (40 minutes) from Trelash

website:  Lydford Gorge