Pull yourself out of hibernation. It will do you the world of good. Put that extra gear on – the wellies, the wool, the fleece, the waterproofs. Layer up. It’s time to brave the storm with these wonderful winter walks.
If you’re looking for winter walks taking in rugged coastal scenery you’ve come to the right place! We have plenty of luxury cottages around Cornwall – the perfect place to snuggle up after braving the blustery winter weather. With 630 miles to choose from, the South West Coast Path is considered one of the best long-distance coastal walks in the world. It’s geared up for serious walkers and hikers, as well as being an ideal choice for an afternoon ramble with the family.
Newquay to Watergate Bay – 3.2 miles
My particular favourite, this is a walk that I have enjoyed in all seasons and all variations of British weather. It can be particularly blustery up on the cliffs, but the panoramic views are unbeatable! I’ve enjoyed this walk with family, friends and even the dog (most of the beaches along the route are dog friendly during the winter months) and if you time it just right, you’ll also get to take in a magnificent sunset. Don’t forget your camera.
Cadgwith and Poltesco – 2.6 miles
This walk is particularly good for families with dogs, as it passes a pub where the pooch is also welcome. It’s a gentle walk over tranquil heathland between two picturesque fishing coves, with spectacular views. Look out for the colourful shingle in Carleon Cove, the pilchard cellars and capstan houses of the area’s bustling past.
Boscastle to Tintagel – 5 miles
A particularly scenic stretch of the South West Coast Path runs from the pretty harbour village of Boscastle to Tintagel, in Cornwall, which is five miles one way. Make sure you have a car parked at the other end to avoid the epic return journey!
Marazion to Penzance – 2.2 miles
This 2.2 mile easy walk starts in Marazion and is a great coastal walk. Along the way keep an eye out for rare migrant birds attracted to the Bird Reserve at Marazion and enjoy the great views across Mount's Bay to St Michael’s Mount. This is a virtually level walk along the seawall on a surfaced path, suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs, perfect for those with toddlers and young family members.
Godrevy Head – 0.6 miles
This is an easy, short walk with one stile and one gentle climb. Children will love the long beach, as well as the island and the lighthouse and tales of shipwrecks. On a clear winter’s day, there are spectacular views across the picturesque St Ives Bay.
Talland Bay and Looe – 5 miles
This invigorating walk allows for plenty of sightseeing, although the paths are rough and steep in places. The path will take you to the pretty fishing town of Looe, with its harbour, beaches and banjo pier. Older children with plenty of energy will love the walk – a great romp with plenty of interest along the way.
Winter walks can feel like a bit of an effort sometimes, but they’re almost always worth it. Think of blustery beaches and romantic ruins, miles of stunning coastline stretching across the unspoilt Cornish landscape, perfect for exploring on foot.