Cornwall walking routes

Land's End wooden sign

With 296 miles of fantastic coastline to explore, oversize cliffs which plummet into the sea, pathways that twist and turn through gorgeous greenery and views which reach out to an endless horizon, Cornwall is a walker’s paradise. It’s time to put those walking boots to good use and discover the many wonderful Cornwall walking routes.

The Lizard Peninsula

The Lizard Peninsula; England’s most Southerly Point. Start at Kynance Cove, where magnificent rock formations and the beautiful sandy beaches combine and follow the steps up the cliffs. From here, make your way along the coast of England, skip across idyllic fields which drop to the rocks below and breathe in the crisp air. This area is famous for its wildlife including the seals and basking sharks that can often be seen. The views from this stretch of Cornwall are splendid; the coastline starts to soften from this point east, so make the most of the striking cliffs. One of our favourite Cornwall walking routes.

Stay at YHA Lizard Point

Tintagel to Boscastle

This stretch of the Cornish coastal path offers you the most spectacular cliff scenery in England. Fantastic views, beautiful wildflowers and hidden bays all come together to make this walking route perfect for an afternoon stroll in Cornwall. Start at the Boscastle Castle, where King Arthur is said to have lived  and head along the coast. The path will take you past rocky islands and into the charming seaside village of Boscastle.

Stay at YHA Tintagel or YHA Boscastle

Sennen Cove to Lands’ End

A reasonable 3-mile walk from Sennen Cove to Land’s End with spectacular views.  A very popular walking route in Cornwall, mainly due to the flexibility of the length and difficulty of the route. A little further than Land’s End is Nanjizal beach which is dog friendly and there are many cafés and restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat. It’s well worth the extra distance for the gorgeous sea views, hidden caves and idyllic surroundings. 

Here’s a YHA top tip; Make sure you visit the most spectacular features of all – The Armed Knight, the marvellous rock arch at Enys Dodnan and the thundering seas at Pordenack Point!

Stay at YHA Lands End

Whilst you wander round some of the best Cornwall walking routes, why not stop off at some of the best beaches too?

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