If you’re looking to explore the stunning beauty of Cornwall in the winter months, then look no further than these top 10 best winter walks. From the powerful waterfalls of St Nectans Glenn to the rugged coastline of the South West Coast Path, these walks in Cornwall are perfect for taking in the beauty of this majestic county. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful stroll or an invigorating hike, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this list of the best winter walks in Cornwall.
1. Pentire Headland
The circular walk around Pentire Point near Padstow is a real treat for the eyes! Expect spectacular views as you explore an area steeped in wild beauty. The North Cornwall coast is often home to grey seals and peregrine falcons, so keep your eyes peeled as you stroll. Park at the Pentire National Trust car park and follow the route past Polzeath beach, Pentire Point, the Rumps and Lundy Hole. An Iron Age hill fort dating between 200BC and 100AD, the Rumps is a particular highlight of the walk and well worth a moment of reflection as you consider the ancient communities who lived there in millennia past.
2. St Nectans Glen
For a magical winter walk with your dog, head St Nectans Glenn near Tintagel in North Cornwall. This area is rich in Arthurian legend – in fact, the ruins of Tintagel Castle are said to be the birthplace of King Arthur himself. The walk takes you along a bubbling stream, through the woods to St Nectans Glen. There you’ll find a stunning waterfall cascading through the rocky gorge and woodland – it’s easy to see why Merlin chose it as his home. In our opinion, this is one of the most magical walks you can enjoy during your Cornwall holiday. We have plenty of dog-friendly places to stay in Cornwall, so you make a week of it and explore all the best winter walks this area has to offer.
3. Lamorna Cove to Mousehole
Situated in the far southwest of Cornwall, Lamorna Cove has a rich artistic history. Over the years, well-known painters and authors have been captivated by its beauty, making it a prime spot for holidaymakers to explore.
Lamorna Cove itself is filled with rocky coves. You might even find an otter or two – if you’re lucky – in the tunnels of Monterey pine. The route from Lamorna to Mousehole follows the coastal path and is lined with breathtaking views of the coastline. As you wander through the picturesque village of Mousehole, you’ll encounter colorful houses and numerous small shops and eateries, making for an enjoyable stop on your walk.
This 3-4 hour walk is dog friendly, so bring your four-legged companion along for the journey!
4. The Eden Project
The Eden Project is an iconic sight in Cornwall and has become one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions. Located in a former clay mine, this site boasts a variety of incredible biomes that transport visitors around the world. The Eden Project has something for everyone; its domed greenhouses are filled with a diverse range of plants from around the globe, and it also offers educational opportunities for all ages.
One of the Eden Project’s most beloved inhabitants is its robins, who can be seen flitting around the grounds and overheard. This makes the Eden Project a great spot for birdwatchers. In the winter months, the biomes provide the perfect escape from the cold weather and offer a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The Eden Project is a must-visit place for any Cornwall holiday! It’s a fantastic way to learn more about the natural world while enjoying an unforgettable experience in one of Britain’s most beloved destinations.
5. Marazion to Penzance
Marazion to Penzance is the perfect winter walk for those looking for a leisurely stroll along the stunning Cornish coast. Starting in the charming town of Marazion, the walk takes you past St Michael’s Mount and along the promenade. The level surface makes it accessible for all explorers, and you’ll pass plenty of galleries, eateries and shops along the route. You might even spot some incredible wildlife out on Mounts Bay, with dolphins and whales often seen there!
With fantastic views and many attractions, this stretch of coast is sure to provide lasting memories of Cornwall.
6. St Michaels Mount
St Michael’s Mount is the stuff of fairytales. You can’t help but gasp when you see if for the first time, as the castle sits majectically atop this tidal island, inviting you to come and explore. For Game of Thrones fans, you may recognise this location as it was featured heavily in the recent hit-spin-off-series House of the Dragon. And it’s not hard to see why it was chosen! Connected to the mainland by an ancient, cobbled causeway, at high tide, the sea covers the causeway and the Mount is inaccessible on foot. When the tide is out, the causeway is revealed and visitors can stroll across to explore the island. Home to the well-known story Jack & the Beanstalk, exploring the St Michaels Mount is a truly memorable Cornish experience.
7. Perranporth Beach
Perranporth Beach is a perfect spot for a peaceful winter walk. Boasting 3 miles of stunning golden sands, visitors can wander along the beach and take in the majestic coastal scenery. We like to grab a pasty in town and make our way along the flat sands, peeking in the rock pools and enjoying rh fresh sea air! Admire the views of St Piran’s Oratory, a small medieval church atop the dramatic headland – an impressive sight as it rises out of the rugged coast! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for wildlife, it’s likely you’ll spot some grey seals along the shoreline.
8. Padstow Harbour & Coast Path
Expect quintessential Cornish scenery at Padstow’s bustling and colourful harbour. Brimming with pretty fishing boats and seagulls and surrounded by a medley of historic pubs, warehouses restaurants, cafes and shops. Take the coastpath southward past Hawkers Cove and around the Treyarnon Bay with its sandy beaches and amazing rock formations. There are plenty of coves to explore along this route, as you enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline! Continue south until you reach Harlyn Bay, one of the areas most iconic locations for wildlife watching.
9. St Ives to Zennor
This trail offers ramblers spectacular views, leading from St. Ives to Zennor over 19km of Cornish coastine – so make sure you set off early for this one! This is one of the more challenging routes along the South West Coast Path, but totally worth it if you feel like an adventure! You’ll encounter incredible viewing points, soft sands, beautiful birds, wildflowers and more.
When you get to Zennor, make sure you head to the parish church of St Senara, where you’ll find a carved mermaid seat – an ode to the story of the Mermaid of Zennor (read it here).
10. Cardinham Woods
The perfect location to recharge – your way. From adventurous exercise to peacful wanders, Cardinham Woods offers stunning scenery and numerous trails. Found in central Cornwall, this is the ideal woodland adventure for all explorers. The impressive woodland is full of secret glades and is a haven of natural beauty no matter the season.
You’ll experience the freshest air, stream-side paths, beautiful viewpoints and loads of open space to discover. Cardinham Woods is perfect for those looking for a scenic stroll, or those seeking their next adrenaline rush, with unmissable cycling trails, too!