Enjoy coastal walking on a stay in north Cornwall cottages

Thursday, 16 June 2011 11:00 PM



If you are looking for a great destination where you can do plenty of walking during your break, a holiday in Cornwall could be the perfect idea.

North Cornwall in particular offers a number of excellent opportunities for you to enjoy a walk, with no shortage of wild cliffs and rugged shores that are perfect for exploring.

From your base in a north Cornwall cottage, you'll be perfectly-positioned to enjoy the great range of walking paths and trails that make this coastal region so appealing.

One trek well worth considering is the incredible South West Coast Path, which runs along the length of the north Cornish coast through Padstow and all the way to Newquay.

The moderate terrain will see you pass by sleepy Cornish farms, dramatic cliffs and, of course, the famous coastal views that have made this area so popular.

It is important to know that some areas of the South West Coast Path feature unfenced clifftops, slopes and some steep steps, so it is a wise idea to walk with care - and keep your eye out for wet weather!

On a fine day, you may wish to stop and explore Redcliff Castle or take in the views of Trevose Head and the lighthouse from Porth Mear. Here, you'll find a lovely sheltered cove - offering a welcome contrast from the exposed cliffs - and a pretty beach, although you may need to exercise caution near the water as swimming is not safe here.

Alternatively, a holiday cottage in Tintagel is a brilliant place to enjoy a walk and get acquainted with one of the oldest and most mysterious Arthurian legends.

Tintagel Castle is thought to be the place where the legendary king of England was conceived and a walk up to the ruins of the structure makes for a fascinating day out.

It is important to keep in mind that the ascent to the castle is a steep one - you will need to climb at least 100 steps as you make your way up the Cornish headland. But when you get to the top, you will be rewarded with incredible views out to the sea, as well as the chance to explore the fascinating castle ruins.

You can also get excellent views of parts of Tintagel Castle by making your way to nearby Glebe Cliff, where the National Trust has designated a special viewing area next to the church.