March 23rd 2016

Cornwall, the extreme southwestern tip of the UK, has so many wonderful hikes and trails, sights and stunning scenery, that we had to create two Walks here! Each one is completely different, showing a different side of the ancient kingdom of Kernow, so why not take them back-to-back this fall? From smugglers’ secret trails to the legend of King Arthur and the land that inspired Daphne du Maurier, we’ve made a 'don’t miss' list of what you will discover...

Daphne du Maurier's Cornwall

Walking through Cornwall with The Wayfarers We see Ferryside, the house in the tiny hamlet of Bodinnick a hop across the water from pretty, multicoloured Fowey, where the novelist lived and we’ll hike along part of the steep path she walked on her wedding day from a tiny historic quayside up to the country parish church. Add to that the estate that inspired Manderley in Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek, a sleepy inlet off the Helford River and du Maurier fans will be in heaven.

Smugglers’ haunts

Brandy for the parson, baccy for the clerk… Cornwall was highly suitable for smuggling 250 years or so ago, in that it had a long expanse of rocky, virtually uninhabited coast, with few revenue men to patrol it and seize the contraband tea, spirit. On our hikes up winding, wooded paths high above the creeks and bays we get a real sense of how isolated and hard to police this area must have been.

Doc Martin

Stroll around Port Isaac in north Cornwall and it may seem rather familiar. Taking a starring role as Port Wenn in the popular TV series starring Martin Clunes as grumpy Dr Ellingham, this little fishing port is perfectly picturesque in its own right.

Find the Lost Gardens

Lost Garden's Face with The Wayfarers Thanks to a balmy micro-climate and the nearness of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has some wonderful historic gardens to visit, and we do. The Lost Gardens at Heligan were unearthed – literally – from a wilderness and are now a recreation of extensive pleasure and formal gardens, with the most amazing collection of very old rhododendrons. It’s a fabulous place.

King Arthur was here

Well, maybe! But Arthurian myth is in the air around Tintagel, the rocky castle ruins towering over a spectacular seascape.

Pits and Poldark

The former tin mines in northern Cornwall cast their shadows over the landscape and we get a sense of the harsh world of the 18th century miners, as depicted in the Poldark novels and television drama.

Ever had a tiddy oggy?

Cornwall’s famous pasty – a pastry turnover enclosing meat and potato – is just one local delicacy to tempt the tastebuds. Let's have a cream tea – scones, with jam first, then golden clotted cream and a good strong cuppa! And for something stronger, we’ll visit one of England’s foremost vineyards too.

Castles and sandcastles

The Coast of Cornwall in England with The Wayfarers Not for nothing have the beaches of Cornwall been claimed as among the best in Europe, from the wide surfing beaches on the north coast to the stunning turquoise waters of hidden and hard-to-reach bays, like Lantic Bay, in the south. This county, with 400 miles of coastline and nowhere more than 20 miles from the sea, needed defending in days gone by and the silhouettes of sturdy, intimidating castles from five centuries ago bear witness to that. Check out our Walk in Cornwall's Creeks and Coves and North Cornwall - they are made for each other.

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