From the picturesque cove of Chapel Porth, walk north towards St Agnes and follow the heather and gorse lined path up the cliff to the dramatic remains of Wheal Coates tin mine, maintained by the National Trust, and standing proud above the beach. Take the rugged pathways along the cliffside, swathed in miles of colourful coastal flora. Look back to enjoy far reaching views from the iconic engine house, down to the valley and across the coast to Porthtowan, Portreath and even St Ives on a clear day.
A dog friendly walk with a small take-away café in Chapel Porth car park (we recommend the Hedgehog Ice Cream!). Check opening hours before visiting.
Wheal Coates, Chapel Porth.
St Agnes Beacon
Take a walk to the highest point of Agnes Beacon for panoramic sea views that stretch from Newquay to Perranporth, Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth, and as far as Godrevy Lighthouse on a clear day and inland across to Bodmin Moor. Get those calf muscles working as you head up through the gorse and hedgerow-lined hills to the stone monument at the top, 630ft above sea level!
Colossal rocky formations and pointed stacks jut out of the Atlantic along this dramatic stretch of the Cornish coast. The story goes that a mythical giant called Bedruthan used these rocks as stepping stones to take a short cut across the bay, hence the name. Wrap up and hike this stunning coastline to truly appreciate it on foot, before warming up with a cream tea in the National Trust tea room.
Cornwall isn’t all about the coast… Travel inland to explore 250 acres of peaceful woodland and tranquil lakes at Tehidy Woods. Meander through the leafy glades or immerse yourself in the wilder flora and fauna, through miles of pathways and trails and immerse yourself in the magnificence of the autumnal hues at this time of year. Feed curious squirrels, ducks and swans, and see if you can spot the otter carvings at Otter Bridge!
Dog friendly (except in the wildlife areas) with a lovely café and picnic area available.
St Newlyn to Lappa Valley
Known for its steam railway, Lappa Valley is home to green valleys and picturesque Cornish countryside. Start your walk in the village of St Newlyn and amble along the amber-stained stream, over footbridges and along the old railway line to rustic pathways to find the ruins of East Wheal Rose, and the auburn tree-lined trails and wetlands beyond.
Spot the ancient fig tree by the village church, said to have been cursed by St Newlina, where anyone who dare pick a leaf will suffer!
Dog friendly (but watch for out for adders).
In addition to miles of gorgeous coastline and golden beaches, Newquay also offers an abundance of glorious plant life at Trenance Gardens, including trees and shrubbery in autumn shades from pale gold to burnt auburn. Sit a while and watch the local birdlife in the boating lake and admire the adorned walkways, footbridge and paths through the gardens.
Dog friendly, with Trenance Tea Room and Lakeside Café providing places to eat and drink; check for opening hours before visiting.
Trenance Gardens, Newquay. Photo: Visit Newquay
Relish a riverside walk along the peaceful clear-waters of the River Camel, edged by tranquil meadows and woodland, with overhanging trees framing the picturesque waterway. Stroll along the pathway and over the Fenteroon Bridge; a mostly flat walk with pathways, kissing gates, footbridges and a few stone steps.
Dog friendly (including a perfect spot for a doggy paddle in the river along the route).
A stunning woodland, perfect for a peaceful walk, with crunching leaves underfoot and golden canopies of pine, beech, larch and even eucalyptus. Explore the beautiful landscapes that surround this idyllic woodland, and discover the overgrown Iron Age hill fort, gnarled trees and remains of old gunpowder works. A haven for wildlife, lucky walkers may spot a deer, otter or badger.
Choose from two circular walks of the beautiful Luxulyan Valley, one at 2.5 miles, the other just under 4 miles long. Taking in lush broadleaf woodland, the route passes remains of impressive Victorian industrial heritage including the remarkable Treffry Viaduct which stands at 100 feet high. Follow the well-worn way of the old horse-drawn tramway to the wheel pit where a 30 foot waterwheel once stood, powered by the river which now provides a glorious riverside walk spotting dragonflies and damselflies along the way.
A dog friendly walk through sun dappled woods.