The best walking holidays in Cornwall holiday cottages

The best walking holidays in Cornwall

For people looking to soak up stunning scenery, discover breathtaking locations and admire the regions 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


tb to the horrors of our hike 🤙

A post shared by • maddie prottey • (@cryin_lightnin_) on

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.

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.

Smugglers' Way


#feelingalittlerough #bodmin #wildrunning #smugglersway #cornwalllife #run1000miles

A post shared by Wild Running UK (@wildrunninguk) on

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. 

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.

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 south west. 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, hotels, holiday parks and B&Bs to stay in, we have a great selection in a range of destinations to discover a fabulous walking adventure.

Like it? Share it...

Read more like this

A local’s guide to Torpoint

At the northern end of the Rame Peninsula (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the bustling town of Torpoint offers excellent views of the River Tamar and across the water to the bright lights of Plymouth. Known as the gateway to Cornwall, it provides an ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to explore both South Cornwall and Devon.

A local's guide to Millbrook

Right in the midst of the breathtaking Rame Peninsula sits this unassuming village. You’ll be impressed by its huge, glassy lake, acres of parkland, and proximity to the seaside.

A local's guide to Coverack

The pretty fishing village of Coverack is a dream destination. With a stone-walled harbour and a crescent-shaped shingle and sand bay, it makes the perfect holiday for all the family.
Stay in Media Limited is registered in England and Wales. | Registered office: Travel Chapter House Gammaton Road Bideford EX39 4DF | Company No. 07391123 | VAT reg: 107706918