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Best winter walks in Cornwall
Dec 2020
 

To truly appreciate the wild beauty of Cornwall in the depths of winter you need to get off the sofa and brave the great outdoors. Frequently deserted, with the wind hurling the waves against the cliffs, the winding coast path offers some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and it’s best enjoyed in a pair of wellies and a woolly hat. Here are some of Cornwall’s most atmospheric winter walks.

                    

Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth

Starting at the National Trust car park, this exhilarating 5-mile trek takes you around the headland with dramatic views of St Ives Bay and Godrevy lighthouse (the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s 1927 novel, To the Lighthouse and a popular focal point for local photographers). If you’re lucky, you’ll catch Mutton Cove at low tide and be able to enjoy the antics of the resident grey seal colony, whose numbers often reach the low hundreds in January. Basking sharks, dolphins, and migrating seabirds are also frequently spotted off the coast here. Enjoy the dramatic rocky clifftop scenery at Hell’s Mouth and then warm up with a hot chocolate or cream tea at the Hell’s Mouth Café before you begin the reverse trek.

Lamorna Cove to Mousehole

Exploring the fishing village of Mousehole is a treat at any time of year, but it’s especially magical around Christmas when the lights illuminate the harbour in a festive sea-themed display. Starting in the artists’ haven of Lamorna Cove (a popular source of inspiration for many late 19th and early 20th century painters, writers, and poets), this 5-mile round trip walk takes you through a variety of Cornish landscapes, including a wooded nature reserve, disused quarry, and dramatic rocky outlook.

Cardinham Woods

Tucked away off the beaten track, Cardinham Woods is a huge mixed woodland area near Bodmin with plenty to offer walkers of all ages and abilities. Maintained by the Forestry Commission, Cardinham has easy-to-navigate trails with children’s activities dotted along the family-friendly route and plenty of opportunities for more adventurous hikers to explore deeper into the woods. What makes it particularly special during the winter months (other than the less crowded trails) is the excellent hot chocolate served at the cosy Woods Café – the perfect way to warm up after a brisk winter walk.

Porthleven to Loe Bar

If you really want to blow the cobwebs away, there’s no better place to experience Cornwall’s windy winters than Porthleven. Frequently featured in the national press, the storm-battered harbour offers some of the county’s most dramatic winter scenes and is an exhilarating place to be during bad weather (although be careful to steer clear of the treacherous harbour wall in high winds). If you can drag yourself out of one of the town’s extremely cosy pubs, the 30-minute walk to Loe Bar offers fantastic coastal views. Those seeking a longer challenge can carry on walking around Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest natural freshwater lake.  

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