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Best Cornwall walks: From coastal routes to countryside ambles

Simon Calder’s Travel

One of the most popular places in the UK, Cornwall has long been a British favourite for summer holidays and weekend trips.

With staycations on the rise, many are visiting the southern county for its long stretches of coastline, idyllic towns and villages, and opportunities for adventure holidays. Many choose to walk one of the region’s routes in order to get the best of all three.

Towns and villages such as St Ives or Padstow are picturesque starting points, while famous beaches and natural areas – such as Kynance Cove or Land’s End – provide excellent views during your on-foot journeys across the county.

While the UK is generally blessed with hundreds of excellent walking routes – from the Lake District to the Yorkshire Dales – Cornwall has the scenic routes to rival any area in the country.

Below, we’ve rounded up a list of the best of these routes, taking you through some of the best views in the UK.

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The Camel Trail

Padstow can be a start or end point for the Camel Trail

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An 18-mile route along a disused railway line, the Camel Trail runs between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow in the north of the county. It’s suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and is usually divided up into three sections between each of the towns (with the section between Bodmin and Wenfordbridge the longest, at just over six miles).

The Padstow to Bodmin section is roughly 12 miles long and is a popular alternative to completing the entire route. While there are sea views on the early parts of the walk, much of it is reserved for moorland, the Camel Valley woodland and the Camel Estuary. It is also a wildlife hotspot, with otters, dormice, kingfishers and bats among the animals living along the trail.

Where to stay

With an entrance located opposite the Camel Trail, the Bodmin Jail Hotel is a convenient choice for a unique stay. The jail is a popular attraction, and the hotel has retained (and painstakingly preserved) many of its original features, such as stone walls and cell doors.