The Cornish Way

The Cornish Way runs for 180 miles from Land’s End to Holsworthy, passing through historic towns, fishing villages and beautiful countryside on the way. Heading for Penzance from Land’s End, the route passes, via the fishing village of Mousehole, through ancient Cornish countryside, with maginificent views over Mount’s Bay and the island of St Michael’s Mount. Heading inland the route then passes through areas rich in Cornwall’s tin mining heritage – Hayle, Camborne and Redruth. At the cathedral city of Truro, the route splits into two, one to the north coast and one through the south, both meeting at Bodmin.

The northern route joins the Camel Trail at Padstow, via small villages in lovely countryside, before reaching the rugged north Cornish coast with its sandy beaches. The southern route meanders along the south coastline, after crossing the River Fal on the King Harry Ferry, passing through the picturesque seaside village of Mevagissey. From Bodmin’s remote moorland, the route returns to the north coast along some of the highest cliffs in Cornwall. Alternatively there is a gentler route through the countryside to Bude. At Holsworthy the Cornish Way joins with the West Country Way, which leads on to Bristol.

Route 1: Land's End - St Buryan - Mousehole - Penzance - Hayle

Length: 23 miles (4 miles traffic-free)

The Route: Starting at Land’s End at the western most end of Cornwall, the path follows the coastline from Land’s End to Sennen Cove along dramatic clifftops. Travelling inland via St Buryan, at the ancinet monument of the Merry Maidens Stone Circle the path splits into two. The scenic coastal route via the pretty fishing village of Mousehole has stunning views over Mounts Bay and over to the historic island of St Michaels Mount, off Marazion. To avoid the steep coastal path, carry on direct to Newlyn along the B3315. The route continues through Penzance along the coast to Marazion, from where minor roads lead inland up to the Hayle Estuary and bird reserve.

Route 2: Hayle - Camborne - Redruth - Carnon Downs - Truro

Length: 23 miles (4 miles traffic-free)

The Route: The remains of Cornwall’s industrial tin mining heritage are scattered around the landscape from Hayle to Redruth and this is reflected in the tourist attractions in the area such as the Engine Houses Museum near Camborne. Just outside Redruth, the path follows a peaceful valley trail which winds its way from Crofthandy down to the Carnon River. Minor roads then lead, via Carnon Downs, to Truro, with its impressive cathedral.

Route 3: Truro - St Newlyn East - Newquay - St Columb Major - Padstow

Length: 32 miles (0 miles traffic-free)

The Route: There is a choice of route to take between Truro and Bodmin. This route, continued on route 4, leads north to the lively seaside town of Newquay with its popular surfing beaches, via the historic Lappa Valley Steam Railway at St Newlyn East. At the famous coastal town of Padstow the Cornish Way joins the Camel Trail.

Route 4: Padstow - Wadebridge - Boscarne Junction - Bodmin

Length: 16 miles (10 miles traffic-free)

The Route: This route follows the scenic Camel Trail from Padstow to Blisland through largely unbroken Cornish countryside along the banks of the River Camel via Wadebridge. Visit the Bodmin & Wenford Railway on the way to the town of Bodmin, and the National Trust property of Lanhydrock House.

Route 5: Truro - King Harry Ferry - Veryan - Mevagissey - St Austell

Length: 29 miles (5 miles traffic-free)

The Route: The southern route option from Truro follows the south coast, although there are inland options for those wishing to avoid the harder parts of the coastal road. Crossing the River Fal on the King Harry Ferry at the bottom of the beautiful Trelissick Gardens, the trail then travels around Veryan Bay and along to the picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey. The trail then takes a traffic free inland route to St Austell via the famous Lost Garden of Heligan.

Route 6: St Austell - Luxulyan - Bodmin - Blisland - Camelford

Length: 30 miles (6 miles traffic-free)

The Route: Immediately on leaving St Austell the route passes the world famous Eden Project. The path to Bodmin, through Luxulyan, passes the National Trust property of Lanhydrock House and the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. The route continues through Blisland and around the remote edges of Bodmin Moor, with its granite tors and panoramic landscape, and on to Camelford via a short link.

Route 7: Camelford - Hallworthy - Wainhouse Corner - Millook - Bude

Length: 22 miles (0 miles traffic-free)

The Route: Travelling from Blisland along the western edges of Bodmin Moor past Camelford the path heads north towards Millook, where it reaches the coast. The trail then crosses some of the highest cliffs in Cornwall in the dramatic Bude Bay on its way into Bude. There is an alternative, gentler route through the countryside to Bude via Week St Mary.