The best walking holidays in Cornwall holiday cottages

The best walking holidays in Cornwall

Simon L 28 June 2018

For people looking to soak up stunning scenery, discover breathtaking locations and admire the region's natural beauty, walking holidays in Cornwall provide a great escape for people of all ages.  Whether you are very active and love a challenge or prefer a gentle ramble, there are plenty of trails and routes to explore for all abilities.

Cornwall offers a delightful range of walking experiences from rugged coastal paths to gentle rural trails, each with a distinctive charm and appeal. 

For avid walkers, there are plenty of tougher walks to conquer and many offer a chance to explore more than one beautiful Cornish location. 

We've picked the best walking holidays in Cornwall to enjoy a perfect stay in the region.

King Arthur and the Slate Coast Trail


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Location: Tintagel

This beautiful heritage trail takes you around the impressive village of Tintagel. Here you will experience a range of sights and landmarks from a historic quarry to the splendour of Tintagel Castle.  Perfect for people that love to explore a historic and cultured stay in Cornwall.

Cottages in Tintagel

Clay Trails

Clay Trails

Location: St Austell

The scenic routes of the Clay Trails provide five beautiful walking routes for people of all abilities. If you are feeling adventurous, you can experience all five routes covering location such as Par Beach, The Eden Project and Wheal Martyn. These stunning walkways boast striking scenery and lots of wildlife to admire. Your four legged friends can enjoy these trails too, with footpaths being doggy friendly.

Cottages in St Austell

Smugglers' Way

Location: Boscastle 

If you want a challenge, then this route is a great choice. This 36-mile trail covers impressive countryside and quaint villages. Not for the faint-hearted, you can follow this route through Bodmin Moor and once you've completed this ambitious task you'll finish in the picturesque seaside town of Looe, perfect for a well-earned fresh fish and chips treat.

Cottages in Boscastle

The Camel Trail

Location: Padstow

A popular route for visitors and locals alike, this 18-mile mostly traffic-free route is perfect for people of all ages. Admire the Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation that you pass through on your way to Camel Valley and Wadebridge. Take your whole family including your dog along for this impressive trail.

Cottages in Padstow

The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path

Location: All along the Cornish coast!

Described as ‘walking at its most diverse, most spectacular and most delicious' by Lonely Planet, this famous path covers 300 miles of the beautiful southwest. Here you will experience a variety of gentle rambles, tough terrain and awe-inspiring landscapes. Explore the path in one location or move around several, following the fabulous trail through many interesting spots and backdrops.


Each season offers unique and fantastic opportunities to experience the great outdoors and soak up the fresh, clean air on adventurous walking holidays in Cornwall. There are many more trails and routes around the region to explore and iWalk Cornwall offer the perfect app to help you find and enjoy guided walks in the area.

If you’re also looking for a holiday cottage, to stay in, we have a great selection in a range of destinations across Cornwall to discover a fabulous walking adventure.

Cottages in Cornwall

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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