Walks in South Cornwall
With rolling hills, rocky cliffs, and mile upon mile of spectacular coastline, South Cornwall is justifiably famous for its rugged beauty. Complement your stay at Boconnoc—and your rambles around the estate’s woodlands, parks, and gardens—with an adventurous walking trip around the region. We’ve handpicked six of our favourite walks in South Cornwall to inspire your imagination. From the South West Coastal Path to rambles through historic fishing villages, they’re certain to impress.
A QUICK TRIP FROM BOCONNOC
Lantic Bay to Polperro
The five-and-a-half-mile walk from Lantic Bay to the charming fishing village of Polperro isn’t just famous for its enviable views of the crashing seas and rugged cliffs. It also gives walkers the chance to discover a segment of the superb South West Coast Path, which is both a National Trail and the longest waymarked long-distance footpath in the country. Drink in the delicious sea air, take plenty of panoramic photos, and reward yourself with a hearty pub lunch or a pint of Cornish ale at the Blue Peter Inn once you’ve arrived in Polperro.
Gribbin Head Walk
The Fowey Estuary is an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and between its village scenes, riverside beauty, and rolling hills, it isn’t hard to see why this is one of the great walks in South Cornwall. The Gribbin Head Walk—a moderate, four-mile trail—is one of the best ways to discover the area’s varied landscapes. Wend your way past coves, sandy beaches, flower-dotted grasslands, and get acquainted with the area that author Daphne du Maurier once called home.
The Hall Walk
The Hall Walk is a perfect wander for those who enjoy both natural scenery and village ambles. Start your journey at Polruan, walk along the estuary, and end up at Boddinick, where you can settle in at The Old Ferry Inn for a quick pit stop. After a short ferry ride to Fowey, explore the streets and shops of this lovely fishing village before catching the pedestrian ferry back to Polruan at the other end.
For would-be adventurers seeking a full day in the fresh Cornish air, it’s worth the drive to Cadgwith Cove, where you’ll find historic thatched-roof cottages and other visual indicators of an inspiring, bygone Cornwall. Ramble around the fishing village, whose origins date to the medieval era, and follow the South West Coast Path to the Devil’s Frying Pan: a beautiful, partially collapsed sea cave, which has left behind a rocky arch through which the turquoise waters beyond can be glimpsed.
The Lizard Coastal Walk
For those who like their rambles on the dramatic side, few walks in South Cornwall can rival the Lizard Coastal Walk. It’s well worth the driving trip from Boconnoc: as the southernmost point in mainland Britain, the Lizard Peninsula is full of breathtaking coastal scenery, a historic lighthouse, vertiginous cliffs, and a wealth of marine wildlife, including the distinctive red-billed chough.
The Roseland Heritage Coast is the perfect encapsulation of South Cornwall at its most stunning, and this three-mile National Trust trail introduces you to its natural diversity. Walk from the seaside through scenic farmland, from the hamlet of Bohortha through woodlands and to an estuary. It’s the rare journey that exposes you to quite so many sights and corners of South Cornwall at once, making this an ideal trail for curious, first-time visitors.