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Piers Layburn of Stags Wadebridge shares his favourite Cornish coastal walks.
I am lucky enough to have some 300 miles of blustery – and often drizzly – walks on my doorstep.
Most would agree that one of the best things about living in the South West is that you’re never too far from the coast. No matter the time of year, there are few better ways to explore this diverse and beautiful region than with a long walk along the coastal path.
The South West Coast Path stretches some 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset all the way around to Poole Harbour in Dorset. As the spectacular Cornish coastline accounts for almost half of this path, I am lucky enough to have some 300 miles of blustery – and often drizzly – walks on my doorstep. Two of my personal favourites are the lengths around Widemouth Bay on the north Coast and The Lizard on the south.
Widemouth Bay sits three miles south of the popular seaside resort of Bude, Cornwall’s most northerly town. With its vast sandy beach, fantastic surfing conditions and year-round designated dog-friendly area, Widemouth is popular among surfers, rockpoolers and walkers alike.
From Widemouth, follow the coast path north towards Bude, passing Phillip’s Point Nature Reserve and the watchtower at Compass Point along the way. Or head south through Millook’s wildflower meadows and some of Britain’s oldest woodland towards Dizzard. If you are feeling very energetic, continue past the Iron Age fort at Castle Point and down into the small coastal village of Crackington Haven.
On the south coast, the Lizard Peninsula is another firm favourite of mine. The famous Lizard Point is known for being the most southerly part of mainland Britain,
boasting dramatic coastal scenery as a result. The Peninsula itself offers a wide range of waterside walks both coastal and riverside, including a tranquil stroll along
the Helford River, just south of Falmouth. In the summer you can catch the ferry at Helford village, crossing the river Fal to reach Helford Passage, and continue on
foot through National Trust Bosloe and the waterside village of Durgan towards Rosemullion Head.