Countryside trails, rugged coastal footpaths and multi-terrain walks: Cornwall has it all. Home to breathtaking scenery and thriving flora and fauna, North Cornwall is perfect for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Whatever time of year it is, there are few things more refreshing than getting your walking boots on and filling your lungs with fresh Cornish air.
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The South West Coast Path is 630 miles of designated path following the coast line. What’s great about it is that you can join at almost any point and walk as little or as far as you like with never-ending views of the ocean. Following the cragged cliff tops, the path is clearly signposted and takes in many historic relics and ancient ruins. With so many options, it’s advisable to plan your route using the South West Coast Path route planner. A favourite route from The Olde House would be Port Isaac to Rock, a challenging 12 miles, but you could pick up at Port Quinn or Pentire Head for a shorter option.
Bodmin Moor is made up of one hundred square miles and has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to Brown Willy and Roughtor, the two highest points in Cornwall. With climbs and a rugged terrain, it is a place for those who fancy a challenging walk. The moor is scattered with Bronze Age relics and has endless views of uninterrupted countryside – don’t forget your binoculars.
For a slightly easier but equally beautiful walk, The Camel Trail is ideal. It is a 17 mile long path which runs from the foot of Bodmin Moor all the way to Padstow via Wadebridge. A disused railway line, it’s completely flat so makes a relaxing, leisurely walk. We’re just a 10 minute drive from Wadebridge, which is great starting point for walking to Padstow. The stretch from Wadebridge to Padstow is around 5 miles each way – reward yourself with some local fish and chips in Padstow before returning to Wadebridge. If you feel like swapping your walking boots for some wheels, there’s always Bridge Bike Hire in Wadebridge.
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This magical walk follows a trail down through the mystical Rocky Valley, opening out to the majestic views of the bay near Bossiney.
The stream starts life high up on Venn Down, 820ft (250m) above sea level. From there it meanders through fields before tumbling dramatically, first at the waterfalls at St Nectan’s Glen, then through rocky bluffs and deep clefts all the way to the open ocean in the bay near Bossiney.
For something a little closer, there is always our very own farm trail. Our farm trail is a footpath that takes its followers around 550 acres of countryside and farmland that surrounds us. Taking between one and a half to two and half hours to complete, it is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon, especially teamed with a picnic on those warm summer days. Our bird hide also sits along the path, so visitors can do a spot of birdwatching whilst on their journey. We have maps available from reception.
For one of the most spectacular views in the area, park at Rock & walk out along the estaury. At low tide you can walk along the sand, but if the tide is in you can walk along the cliffs until you reach Brae Hill, which is nestled between Rock & Daymer Bay. You cannot miss the the towering Brea Hill rising up above the estuary. Challenge your family to a race to the summit and catch your breath whilst taking in stunning views of the Camel Estuary out to sea.