Cornwall has everything you need for a memorable vacation: quaint fishing villages, white sandy beaches, legendary surf spots and UNESCO-protected tin mines all wrapped in spectacular natural landscapes. Walking is a great way to enjoy the country’s southwesterly corner. There are trails suitable for all ages, many of which follow the scenic South West Coast Path. Walks on the county’s south coast are generally easier going than its north and when staying at The Cornwall Hotel you’ll be perfectly set for adventures on foot.
The Lizard Peninsula
Excite the children with the chance to spot basking sharks and seals and discover jaw-dropping rock formations at mainland England’s southernmost point.
From the dramatic cliffs of Lizard Point, walkers can take the South West Coast Path over the blustery clifftops for views of white sand coves and blue seas. Walk west for about 45-minutes to Kynance Cove, a tidal beach famous for its enormous rocks. Heading east you’ll pass Lizard Lighthouse before arriving at a rock-cut staircase that accesses Houses Bay Beach.
Newlyn to Penzance
As Cornwall walks go, this is about as easy as it gets, and it’s also pushchair friendly. The 2-mile-long round trip follows the seafront promenade between Newlyn Harbour and Penzance’s Art Deco-style lido.
There’s a playground at about the midway point and some wonderful views of St. Michael’s Mount. Drop into the Newlyn Art Gallery to see works by contemporary international artists. Be sure to bring your swimming gear to take a dip in the lido on a warm sunny day. You’ll find metered car parks at both ends of the promenade.
Porthgwarra to Gwenapp Head
This is another walk that’s ideal if you are with kids that still crave the pushchair.
From Porthgwarra Beach, a road leads to a lookout atop Gwenapp Head. On clear days you can see passed the granite cliffs and heathland all the way to Land’s End.
Autumn is particularly special here, when it’s possible to spot hen harriers, merlins and short-eared owls. Return the same way or hike over the clifftops along a rocky trail. There’s also the option to continue for another 90 minutes to Land’s End; just leave the pushchair behind.
Watergate Bay to Newquay
If you do have time to visit Cornwall’s north coast then plan a family hike from Watergate Bay to the surf haven of Newquay. Start at low tide, when you can stroll along Watergate’s mile-long stretch of golden sand to Trevelgue Head.
A pathway leads to the top of the headland and panoramic views back over the bay and Porth Beach. Look for the ruins of an Iron Age fort and then follow the South West Coast Path to Tolcarne Beach. Treat the kids to ice cream at Kook before starting the return journey.
After your day's adventures, return to The Cornwall Hotel, safe in the knowledge that the luxurious comfort of our rooms, suites and lodges awaits. Why not indulge in some well-earned therapeutic health and beauty treatments at our spa - ideal for reviving well-travelled feet.