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Top Walks In South East Cornwall

1. Lansallos to Lantic Bay

Once one of Cornwall’s biggest smuggling spots, The 5-mile circular walk begins at Lansallos and throws you straight onto the winding coastal path past the old coastguard lookout to West Coombe, with paths leading down to some small coves before following the coast around to Lantic Bay, I recommend a stop here! The return route crosses fields and woods to Trevarder and follows small lanes, tracks and footpaths across the fields to a wooded valley and then back to Lansallos Church.

2. Rame Head to Whitsand Bay

One of Cornwall’s  hidden gems on the Rame Peninsula, the walk takes you from the shelter of Plymouth Sound, around rugged Rame Head to the vast sandy sweep of Whitsand Bay. The bay is shrouded in history, from the chapel where the Armade was first spotted, and the Napoleonic fort at Polhawn, to the remains of the Iron Age promontory.

For best sunset viewings I recommend finding a spot on Rame head overlooking Whitsand bay in time to watch the local fishing boats, sometimes you can even see porpoises playing in their wake.

3. Cheesewring Bodmin Moor

The Cheesewring is an incredible stack of large flat granite boulders on Stowes Hill. They look as though they have been deliberately stacked with a pillar to support an overhang.

This is a circular walk starting at Minions following round to the Hurlers and on to Cheesewring, prepare for well-preserved mining infrastructure, amazing rock formations and a unique series of stone circles.

4. Looe to Polperro

This is one of my favourite walks exploring some of the better known fishing villages of Cornwall. Starting at Hannafore in West Looe, head for the farm gate and follow the coastpath, the first part is across flat fields and has beautiful views of Looe Island.

Follow the coastline to Talland bay, with its several beaches and a lovely beachside cafe. Follow the coastline round to what is a fairly steep incline then follow the signs for the coast path to Polperro.

5. Calstock to Cotehele

Cornish walk without the coast! What? i hear you ask! This route along the river Tamar shows the other side of this glorious county. From Calstock, enjoy riverside and woodland walking to reach Cotehele House and quay, explore the history of the grand house before retracing your steps back to Calstock for a quick stop in one of the town’s quaint old pubs.

6. Mount Edgecombe to Cawsand

This picturesque walk passes through the formal gardens of the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park then follows the coast path to reach a magnificent ruin overlooking Plymouth Sound. The route then follows woodland paths and joins the Warn Sandway to Kingsand with views over Cawsand Bay. The walk then climbs up to the Maker Heights to reach Maker Church and then descends through the deer park to complete the circular route.

7. Golitha Falls to Sibly Back Lake

A circular walk through the Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve along ancient rights of way to pass around Siblyback Lake where the remains of a medieval field system rises from the water when reservoir levels fall.

Golitha Falls are a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey as it makes its way through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood.