Walking Holidays in Cornwall
From north of Bude around to Rame Head there is 300 miles of Cornish coastal footpath and North Cornwall, in particular, has one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline to be found anywhere in the world. The Atlantic Ocean provides an awesome and ever-changing backdrop to the towering and rugged cliffs interspersed with idyllic sandy coves and picturesque fishing villages.
North Cornwall is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic rollers and on the high plateau above the slate cliffs the sparse trees are shaped by the prevailing wind. At intervals the coastline is punctuated by narrow gorges where fast flowing streams lined with deciduous woodland cascade into the sea. The close-grazed grassland on the clifftops makes for superb undulating walking and expansive views along the coast are a constant feature.
In spring and early summer the cliffs and the Cornish slate ‘hedges’ are draped in carpets of thrift, sea-squill and campion. In high summer valerian, monbretia and foxgloves wave in the breeze. A wide variety of seabirds nest on the cliff faces and peregrine falcons can be seen swooping on their prey.
A favourite local walk begins from the National Trust village of Port Quin to the the peaceful isolation of The Rumps and around the magnificent headland of Pentire where one of the finest views in Cornwall unfolds. Another will start from Tintagel Castle in its incomparable clifftop setting to the attractive fishing village of Boscastle with its narrow fjord-like harbour. Both are stunning!
There are also plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, the prospect of sighting seals and dolphins. and Cornwall's 'national bird', the chough, which was thought to have left Cornwall forever, has now returned to the area.
The granite tors which overlook the spectacular coastline are dotted with ancient standing stones which contribute greatly to the mystique of the area. It is no coincidence that the vast majority of Cornwall's fascinating folklore and mythology has its origins on this small, isolated peninsula.
Just inland from Lanteglos you can explore the wonderfully unspoilt and natural Bodmin Moor taking in Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwwall. We can recommend various circular walks from the hotel of differing lengths and difficulty.
Just beautiful countryside and coastal hikes to enjoy!